Rickey Powell is guest for November 18 concert.

Our guest for the November 18, 2018 concert is Jazz Vocalist Rickey Powell.

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Birmingham theater and music legend, Rickey Powell grew up singing in the church and performing in school musicals and plays, but he says it wasn’t until 1969 during the time he was attending Talladega College, that he had an experience that told him that maybe he belonged in the theater. He had won a spot as a dancer in a production of Hello Dolly, being produced by James Hatcher, who was the Director of Town and Gown Theater. Rickey didn’t even have a singing part, he was one of the line dancers, but he said that he knew during those rehearsals that the theater was where he belonged, that it was where his heart was at.

Shortly after completing his degree at Talladega College Rickey took off for the bright lights of New York City.  He worked his way through a number of off Broadway engagements before finally getting his first big break when he was selected to be a member of the cast of “The Wiz” on Broadway.
He also toured in the off-broadway company of “Hair”,  performed with Chic Organization, Village People, Herbie Mann and various other artists.  He has toured in Europe with Gloria Gaynor, Queen Esther Morrow and with The Harlem Gospel Singers.
Since returning to Birmingham, Rickey has remained a staple of the Birmingham theater community. Over the past decades he has lent his voice and his talents to some of Birmingham’s most memorable productions,  including the 1989 version of the “Dream Lives”.  In addition to his work in theatre,  Rickey is currently vocalist with The Birmingham Heritage Band.
Today Rickey Powell is a Birmingham musical treasure.  This will mark his first appearance with SuperJazz  in six years, and we are thrilled to have him back.

Sunday Afternoon, November 18, 2018

John Carroll Catholic High School

Concert begins at 3:00 PM

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Carol Downey is guest for September 23 concert.

Carol Downey will return as our featured guest vocalist for the Sunday, September 23, 2018 concert.  Her first guest appearance with SuperJazz was in 2013.  This also marks the return of SuperJazz concerts to John Carroll Catholic High school, which was home for SuperJazz from 2002 – 2007.

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.


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


Sunday, September 23, 2018       3:00 PM

John Carroll Catholic High School Auditorium.

Address: 300 Lakeshore Pkwy, Birmingham, AL 35209

This concert series is a joint project of SuperJazz, The John Carroll Catholic High School Band, and the Band Parents organization.

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SuperJazz is moving back to John Carroll

SuperJazz will be moving back to John Carroll Catholic High School for the 2018-2019 season.  Our first concert at John Carroll will be Sunday, September 23, 2018 at 3:00 PM.


2018-2019 Concert Schedule

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Where we’ve been……………

SuperJazz began the current concert series in Fall 1978  in Bell Auditorium on campus at
UAB.  When the Alys Stephens Center opened in 1996, SuperJazz moved the concert series to the new Jemison Concert Hall for 8 seasons.

When the Stephens Center was no longer available to SuperJazz at the end of the 2002 season, a study of our mailing list dictated a location in the Homewood area. John Carroll Catholic High School generously offered rehearsal space and use of the 600-seat auditorium.  Our stay at John Carroll lasted five years.

When Samford University opened the new Brock Recital Hall adjacent to the Wright Fine Arts Center, several members of the Samford instrumental music faculty encouraged the band to move the concerts to Samford. We made the move at the beginning of the 2007-2008 season.

After 11 years at Samford, SuperJazz is again returning to John Carroll Catholic High School.  The larger auditorium with its convenient and ample parking space make an attractive venue for our concerts  We are renewing our partnership with  the John Carroll Band program, and the John Carroll Band Parents organization.  The new band director at John Carroll Catholic High School, SuperJazz member Dr, Mark Foster, and the new Principal,  Dr. Anthony Montalto, have been extremely helpful in making this move possible.

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Chad Fisher is guest on May 6, 2018 concert.

Chad Fisher 1Our Guest Artist, Chad Fisher has become one of the most sought after musicians in the south. He cut his teeth playing the trombone in the rich soul and jazz scene of Alabama and Mississippi, performing with local and regional bands, as well as soul legends The Temptations, Four Tops, Muscle Shoals’ The Swampers, and a host of others. In addition, he appeared on Grammy winning songwriter Jason Isbell’s 2012 release Live in Alabama.
In 2015, he joined Birmingham, Alabama band St. Paul and The Broken Bones and can be heard on the band’s newest record Sea of Noise. The band is currently touring nationally and internationally in support of that record, performing recently on US national television (The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan O’Brien, Austin City Limits) and The BBC (Later with Jools Holland). Past dates include performances with Elton John, composer Phillip Glass, and opening dates for The Rolling Stones.
Fisher’s own band Birmingham based band of all-star musicians is known as one the region’s best.
Fisher has been active in music education throughout the southeast for almost two decades, teaching trombone and jazz privately and within the public school system. In 2009, he joined the adjunct jazz faculty at UAB and has since been an active instructor, performer, and clinician for the university.

Details:   Sunday, May 6, 2018.     3:00 PM

Samford University, Brock Recital hall

Admission is “At the door”, no advance tickets

Adults and Seniors – $7. Students – $3

Samford University Students, Faculty and Staff are our guests.

Doors open at 2:20. (no opening band for this concert).


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Kim Scott to guest with SuperJazz

Jazz Flutist Kim Scott will be the guest artist on the SuperJazz Concert February 25, 2018.

ProfilePic-KimScottKim Scott is one of the most sought after classical and jazz flutists in the country. Born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama, she burst onto the jazz scene in 2011 with her debut CD “Crossing Over”, which received rave reviews from the music industry. After a very successful global campaign, her debut CD made it to the BDS Billboard and Smoothjazz.com charts bringing her into the forefront with visibility across the world.
Known for her hauntingly beautiful, unique tone and for her polished technique, Kim Scott is a fresh sound for today’s increasingly popular smooth and urban jazz music industry. Scott O’Brien of Smoothjazz.com states, ” Exceptional tone and polished technique will leave you wanting more from this brilliant player” and Ron Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride says, ” The one virtue that stands out when you listen to Scott…her delivery and technique, which can make any tune her own, be it a cover or not. Give her a listen, and I’m betting that you too will become a believer”.
She has been in high demand for her high energy performances, having been invited to play the Preserve Jazz Festival, Atlanta Smooth Music Festival, Steel City Jazz Festival, Seabreeze Jazz Festival, Greater Hartford Festival of Jazz, Music City Jazz Festival and Catalina Island Jazz Traxx Festival, among others. She is also a member of the all-female jazz super group, Jazz in Pink. Chair of the Music Department at the Alabama School of Fine Arts, she has been an educator for 15 years and prides herself on passing her musical knowledge onto her students. Classically trained, she is a member of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra and the Kimoni Duo, and performs in solo recitals and concerts across the United States and abroad. She is also a National Board Certified teacher and has received many awards and teacher fellowships. Kim Scott is the host of the “Block Party” Radio Show, a nationally/internationally syndicated jazz radio show which airs weekly in several markets across the United States and Australia. She can be heard across the airwaves weekly as an artist and radio host.

Mark Edwards of Smoothjazz.com puts it this way, “Let Kim Scott’s sensual style take you on a journey, one that will never have you thinking the same way about Smooth Jazz flute ever again”! Kim Scott’s sophomore CD, “Rite of Passage” was released May 18, 2013 and has taken the world by storm. The first single released from the CD, “Golden”, was the #1 most played/most added track the day it was released, gaining her even more recognition as one of the hottest new flutists on the scene.
Produced by Kelvin Wooten, “Rite of Passage” features some of the funkiest and soulful grooves by this artist and the latest single from it, “Block Party”, peaked at #11 after fourteen weeks on the BDS Billboard chart, #16 on the Smoothjazz.com chart, and #6 on the Smooth Indie Star chart.

Her single “Sizzle”, written by her and Lin Rountree, was at the top of the national smooth jazz charts hitting #11 on the Billboards. On September 16, 2016, Kim Scott released her third project “Southern Heat”, on Innervision Records Label which features dynamic collaborations with trumpeter Lin Rountree, Kelvin Wooten and Eric Essix.


SuperJazz concert Sunday,  February 25, 2018     3:00 PM,   Brock Recital Hall,        Samford University.

We welcome the Pelham High School Jazz Band to open the concert.

Doors open at 2:20

Pelham High School Jazz Band  plays at 2:30

SuperJazz begins at 3:00

No advance tickets,  Admission is “at the door”.

Adult & Seniors:   $7

Children and students from any school:  $3

Samford University Students, Faculty & Staff are our guests.







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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


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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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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