SuperJazz Concert December 3

The next SuperJazz concert will be Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 3 PM.

(The Sunday following Thanksgiving Weekend).

Samford University,  Brock Recital Hall.  This concert will feature a variety of Jazz styles, and possibly a little SuperJazz Christmas music.

Opening the concert we will feature Christmas music by the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz band, directed by Sallie White.

Admission for Adults and Seniors:   $7.
Students with ID:   $3.
No advance tickets available,  Admission is “cash at the door”.  Doors open at 2:25.
Hoover Jazz Band begins at 2:30.

 

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Pat Lyle is guest for Sept 24 Concert

Jazz Vocalist Pat Lyle will be the guest artist for the SuperJazz concert on September 24, 2017 at Brock Recital Hall,  Samford University.  Concert is at 3:00 PM,  the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Band will perform beginning at 2:30.

Pat 2016

Pat is a native Floridian, born and raised in Tampa. At the age of 18, on a whim, she auditioned for the Air Force Band out of Robins Air Force Base, GA. Pat had already become a seasoned performer by that age, as she had competed and won other singing gigs through her high school years.

Pat went on to serve 20 years in the Air Force Band program, with a total of 14 years (in two tours) served in that same Georgia band.  She was stationed in Biloxi, MS, Elmendorf, AK, and Montgomery, AL as well. Most of her travels were across the Southeastern states; however, performing with the Air Force band out of Headquarters Air Force Reserve (GA) sent Pat traveling on worldwide missions, including Moscow and St. Petersburg Russia, Incerlik Turkey, and locations in Germany and Italy. Other performances occurred in the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Panama.

Pat was known as the Voice of the Air Force Reserve for many years, having recorded several advertisements for Reserve Recruiting services. She also recorded many albums, spanning classic rock and country music, patriotic and show tunes, and of course lots of Jazz. Pat found her niche in jazz around 1980 and immediately turned to the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, Cleo Laine, and many, many more.  She was predominantly a jazz performer for the rest of her career.

Pat retired from the Air Force in 1997 and began her academic career in Psychology. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology in 2000 at Alabama State University and went on to Auburn to complete her Masters and PhD in Clinical Psychology. Through her college years she also continued performing with the Montgomery Recreators, the Edd Jones Orchestra, and the Auburn Knights during their annual reunion. She has a previous guest artist appearance with the Super Jazz Ensemble.

Pat took her first psychology position with the Veterans Health Administration in St. Pete FL in 2005 and remained there through 2012. During that time she served as a choir director and soloist in a couple local churches. In 2013, she and husband Mike moved to Pensacola FL to be closer to their daughter and grandson, and to Mike’s family in Alabama. She is still with the VA and thoroughly enjoys serving veterans’ mental health needs. Singing is only occasional now, but still feels as fresh as the first adventures into jazz.

Pat has been married to saxophonist Mike Lyle for 34 years, after meeting each other in the Air Force band. They have traveled extensively together. They have two adult children and a grandson nearby. Family is very important to Mike and Pat Lyle and the Super Jazz Ensemble is part of that family!

Admission for Adults and Seniors:   $7.

Students with ID:   $3.

No advance tickets available,  Admission is “cash at the door”.  Doors open at 2:25.

Hoover Jazz Band begins at 2:30.

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SuperJazz Calendar for 2017-2018

SUPERJAZZ CONCERT CALENDAR 2017-2018

Sunday Sept 24, 2017

Sunday Dec 3, 2017     (Weekend after Thanksgiving

Sunday Feb 25, 2018

Sunday May 6, 2018     (Mother’s Day is following weekend)

 

All concerts are in Brock Hall, Samford University
Doors open at 2:30
Concert begins at 3:00
Admission: $7 for adults and senior citizens
$3 for students.
(No advance tickets, admission is “cash at the door”)

 

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SuperJazz Mother’s Day concert to feature Rob Alley

Sunday, May 14, 2017     3:00 PM  Brock Hall, Samford University
Our fourth and final concert of the season – the perfect Mother’s day outing!
Admission “at the door”.  No advance tickets.
Adults and Seniors –  $7     Students with ID – $3
Doors open at 2:30.
Our featured guest artist:  Rob Alley: Trumpeter. Composer. Arranger. Improvisor. Educator. Collaborator. 

May 16, 2015 Clark Scott - Dr. John show hi-res, no watermark 2 cropRob is a lover of art and the artistic mind set. He enjoys learning rules. He also really enjoys breaking them. As a result, as a musician, he lives in and outside of convention, depending on his collaborators.

Rob maintains a robust performing career, having had the good fortune to have made music with some amazing people, including Jason Isbell, Paul Shaffer, Dave Douglas, Taylor Hicks, The Temptations, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Frankie Valli, Chad Fisher, Matthew Devine, Jay Frederick, Eric Essix, Rick Carter, The Arkansas Symphony, and The Tuscaloosa Horns. He leads and co-leads a variety of improvisational groups, including The New Orleans-flavored Voodoo Saints, Solid Sender, and Mean Smoker.

For Rob, “The artistic mind set is uniquely human. Its essence is the willing embrace of the struggle to freely express a personal experience. We each choose our own vehicle of expression, where there are no limits. We only limit ourselves. Art is not a kind of activity, it is an attitude toward human activity. All human activity can be artistic if we choose to participate in it that way.”

Rob certainly loves engaging in creative activity with other artists. But he also loves showing so-called non-artistic people how they can recover their innate artistic capability. “With understanding and practice, we can all infuse art into our everyday activities, recapturing the joy of freedom from childhood, responsibly and ethically. This feeling and these capabilities never leave us. We just learn to ignore them as we ‘grow up’.”

He is also honored to have been awarded recognition for his efforts, including The Arkansas Arts Council Individual Artist award (2008), The Alabama Council on The Arts Individual Artist award (2013), and Tuscaloosa Arts Council’s Druid Arts Musician of The Year (2015).

All of these experiences have led Rob to the current step in his journey through life, as a professor in The University of Alabama’s Honors College, where he teaches “Art for Life’s Sake”, “Leadership Lessons from Jazz”, and “Improvisation in Life Through Music”, courses which he created at the request of the College. Each of these focus on and express his philosophy on the arts and life in their own unique way. 
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Carol Downey returns as SuperJazz Guest

Carol Downey will return as our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, February  12, 2017 concert.  Her first guest appearance with SuperJazz was in 2013.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Carol Downey comes from a family of musicians.  She began her formal training at age 5 and grew up playing and singing gospel music in the church where her Daddy was the music director.  Continuing her musical path, Carol joined her high school band where she played clarinet and bass clarinet.  After high school she went on to study voice and piano at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, where she soloed in many of the university musical concerts including Handel’s Messiah, and toured internationally with the premier vocal group of the university.  In 1979, Carol moved from Marietta, Georgia, to Birmingham, Alabama, where she met her late husband, bandleader and trumpet player, Stan Downey.  She joined Tradewinds Band in 1980, and has entertained the Birmingham Dance community ever since.  In 2012 Carol formed an additional band, Lady & the Tramps, and continues to perform to this day.

Carol has one son, David who, along with the help of his lovely wife, Melanie, has given her two beautiful granddaughters, Brianna and Olivia.

 

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the

Hoover First Edition Jazz Band, under the direction of Sallie White.

Doors open at 2:25,  Concert begins at 3:00   Admission at the door, no advance tickets.

Seniors & Adults: $7.    Students from any school with ID   $3

Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

 

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Carlos Pino is Guest for the November 20, SuperJazz Concert

Carlos Pino will be guest artist for the November 20, 2016 SuperJazz Concert.

This concert will also be a memorial to the life and music of Everett Lawler, founding director of SuperJazz, who passed away on October 27.

Carlos Pino, a Jazz guitarist and composer from the Birmingham Alabama, is a graduate 9880758-largefrom the University of Alabama (B.A.) and Rutgers University (M.M. in Jazz Studies). While in college carlos studied guitar under Brian Lutterbie, Tom Wolfe then Vic Juris. Carlos also studied briefly with Jack Wilkins, Paul Bollenbach, and Ralph Bowen. Carlos Pino has shared the stage with artists such as Ellis Marsalis, Claudio Roditi, Oteil Burbridge, Col. Bruce Hampton, and Bill Kruetzmann.

Carlos Pino has performed all over the U.S., Japan, and Colombia. Over the last 15 years Carlos led various jazz and fusion groups  and is a sideman in several groups, ranging from big band jazz, spoken word improv, to rock and bluegrass. He has released two albums under his name. Carlos has also performed on various radio shows such as “Wait,Wait, Don’t Tell Me” and “The Rick and Bubba Show”.

Carlos has also spent much of his time in musical theatre. He performs regularly with Red Mountain Musical Theater in Birmingham and with the Alabama Shakespeare Festival Theater in Montgomery, Alabama. Carlos has also performed with the Rubicon Theater Company in Ventura, California (Man of La Mancha).

Carlos is in demand as a guitarist because of his versatility in various musical styles. In addition to performing, Carlos has been teaching guitar lessons privately for almost two decades. He was recently awarded honors at the Festival Bandola in 2016 in Sevilla, Colombia for his contributions to the festival as an artist, and for his work to bring American musicians to perform at the festival and throughout Colombia.

 

Everett Lawler  who passed away on October 27, was the founding director of SuperJazz.   He was a WW II U.S. Marine Corps veteran, serving in the Pacific area of everettoperations, Korea and China. Everett graduated from West End High School and Birmingham Southern Conservatory of Music. He received his Master of Arts degree and PhD from the University of Alabama. He was an active musician and performed with numerous groups, shows and musical productions.  As a band director he taught at Tarrant, Montevallo, Berry, Bessemer and Jess Lanier High Schools. Other musical activities included 20 years as the conductor of the Miss Alabama Pageant and 28 years as adjunct professor at UAB. While at UAB he started the UAB pep band for the new basketball program. Dr. Lawler also developed the idea of a jazz ensemble for advanced musicians to perform periodically under the sponsorship of UAB. This endeavor continued for over 39 years and exists today, known as “SuperJazz

 

The concert will be at 3:00 PM,  Sunday, November 20, 2016 in Brock Hall at Samford University.

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Announcing SuperJazz 2016-2017 season

SuperJazz 2016-2017 Concert Schedule

  • Sunday, September 25, 2016
  • Sunday, November 20, 2016
  • Sunday, February 12, 2017
  • Sunday, May 14, 2017

All concerts on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

Admission is $7 for Adults and Seniors.

Student admission is $3

Samford Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.

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