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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Annie McClendon is guest for May 15 SuperJazz concert

Jazz vocalist and Music Educator Annie McClendon will be our guest artist for the Sunday, May 15, 2016 SuperJazz concert.

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Annie McClendon hails from the great state of Pennsylvania, where she learned to sing jazz under the wing of renowned baritone sax player and Maynard Ferguson alum Bruce Johnstone.  Her endeavors with Johnstone landed her work with the Dave Stevens big band, Doug Dressler big band, and the USAF airmen of note.

Upon moving to Alabama in 2003, McClendon began singing with numerous Alabama musicians, including Mart Avant and the Night Flight Big Band, The Joe Giattina Orchestra, Richard Davidson’s Q-Bop, the UA Cavalier’s, among others.

McClendon lives on the lake in Tuscaloosa with her husband Allen, and two children, Gray and Sadie.  She teaches music at Holy Spirit Catholic school and is currently working with her daughter Sadie to advance her musical career!

 

We will also welcome the Spain Park High School Jazz Band to this concert.  This group, under the direction of A B Baggett, will perform beginning at 2:30, prior to the 3:00 SuperJazz program,

 

SuperJazz, formed in 1978, is an all-volunteer group of professional jazz musicians who come together four times each year to perform big-band jazz concerts for the Birmingham area. The band occasionally invites guest artists to share their talents by performing with the band.

All concerts will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, in Brock Recital Hall at Samford University.

Admission this year will be $7 for Adults and Seniors.   Students with ID from any school are admitted for $3.   Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.  No advance tickets, doors open at 2:30.

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Bart Grooms is SuperJazz guest for February 21 concert.

Jazz Vocalist Bart Grooms was inducted into the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame in 2008, which meant a lot to him (after all, how often does one’s name and Nat King Cole’s appear on the same list?).  He has been involved in the arts as a journalist, radio host, singer, actor, and narrator since the mid-1970s.

BartGrooms 2008Since 2007 he has hosted the classic jazz radio show “Tuxedo Junction” on WVSU-FM (weekdays; http://www.samford.edu/wvsu). He wrote on music for publications on the West coast in the 1980s and 90s, then for Black & White for twenty years, and more recently for ArtsBham.com, Weld, and UAB Magazine. He has narrated for the Alabama Symphony Orchestra (for the Shostakovich Seventh Symphony and Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait) and twice with The Concertmaster and Friends, including Wynton Marsalis’ A Fiddler’s Tale, which The Birmingham News’ Michael Huebner listed as one of the “Ten 5-Star Concerts” of 2013. He has lectured on jazz as well as on European and North Indian classical music at Samford University, UAB, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Birmingham Music Club, and the ASO.

In the 1980s he was the vocalist for UAB’s Goodtime Jazz Band (which included some people now in Superjazz). He is a longtime member of the choir at The Baptist Church of the Covenant and has been known to sit in with jazz groups here and there.

In his day job, Bart is the Clinical Director of the Samaritan Counseling Center of Greater Birmingham , where he has worked for over 30 years.

 

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SuperJazz on Thanksgiving Weekend

The next SuperJazz concert will be November 29, 2015 at 3:00 PM.

Photo by Karen Lingo

Photo by Karen Lingo

Rather than a guest artist, this concert will feature solo arrangements for several members of the band.  We may even finish with a little Christmas music, so please be prepared to sing along.

Arrangements by Everett Lawler, Steve Sample, James Pierpont, Jim Mahaffey,  Paul Murtha, Ray Reach, Les Hooper, Sammy Nestico and others.

Beginning at 2:30, we will hear the Hoover High School First Edition Jazz Ensemble, directed by Sallie White.   This award-wining group gives us a glimpse of the future for big-band Jazz.

As usual,  doors open at 2:30.  No advance ticket sales,  admission is “at the door”.

Mike Lingo Conducts

Mike Lingo Conducts

Adults and Seniors are $7.

Students from any school are $3.

Samford University Students, Faculty and Staff are admitted free of charge.

 

 

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Choko Kimura Aiken to guest with SuperJazz

Internationally known Jazz Pianist Choko Kimura Aiken will be the guest artist on the September 27, 2015 SuperJazz Concert.

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Choko,  born and raised in Japan, began studying classical piano at the age of three.  She studied piano, violin, voice and music theory at Colleges in Tokyo and Fukuoka as well as making journeys to the United States to study jazz in LA and NY. Her “Imagination” album, recorded in LA in 2011, was featured in that years February issue of “JAZZIZ” magazine. Choko left her long time group Tri-Voices and other long-associated bands to relocate to Birmingham in January 2013 after meeting her husband Jeff in Tokyo. He was one of several runners sent to a race by the Birmingham Track Club. Since that time Choko has enjoyed playing in the Magic City at many of its local venues which include the 4th Avenue Jazz Festival, Moss Rock Festival, Creek Bank Festival, Mt. Brook Arts Festival, Eric Essix Jazz Escape and as always she looks forward to continuing on with her main goal of simply making people “Happy” with her music!

Doors open at 2:30,  Concert begins at 3:00   Admission at the door, no advance tickets.

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

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

Samford University, Brock Recital Hall.

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SuperJazz 2015-2016 Season

SuperJazz will present four concerts at Samford University this season.

Sunday, Sept 27, 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016.

SuperJazz, formed in 1978, is an all-volunteer group of professional jazz musicians who come together four times each year to perform big-band jazz concerts for the Birmingham area. The band occasionally invites guest artists to share their talents by performing with the band.

All concerts will be on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 PM, in Brock Recital Hall at Samford University.

Admission this year will be $7 for Adults and Seniors.   Students with ID from any school are admitted for $3.   Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are admitted free of charge.  No advance tickets, doors open at 2:30.

More information will follow.

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