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Department of Music
2000 Lakeshore Drive
University of New Orleans
New Orleans, LA 70148 Phone:(504) 280-6381
Fax:(504) 280-6098

Office Hours: Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.



2014 Spring Jazz @ the Sandbar!

Wednesdays March 12-April 30
7 pm at the Cove

Founders Drive, on the west side of the Lakefront Campus


Ellis Marsalis on piano, Tanarat Chaichana on bass, Emily Fredrickson on trombone and Peter Varnado on drums.The UNO Department of Music presents the 23rd annual Jazz at the Sandbar series Wednesdays at 7 pm at the Sandbar stage in the Cove student center. Each concert features an established musician on the bandstand with UNO Jazz Studies student combos.

Admission is FREE to the UNO community (with UNO or student ID) and $5 general admission. 

For more information call 504-280-6381.


March 12

Saxophonist Dave Liebman

March 19

Saxophonist and UNO alum Clarence Johnson III

March 26

Pianist Larry Sieberth

April 2

Steel Drummer John Wooton

April 9

Guitarist Detroit Brooks

April 16

Trombonist Craig Klein

April 23

Trumpeter Lew Soloff

April 30 Saxophonist Charles Neville


Jazz at the Sandbar Fall 2013 is Finally Here!

We have an amazing line up for this Sandbar series! We will be featuring all types of instrumentalists from all around the world! Each night will feature a different UNO student combo with a famous jazz musician. These are great opportunities for our students and wonderful times to hear world-class jazz musicians in our community. These events are FREE for the UNO faculty, staff, and students, $5 for the general public. See below for this season's lineup.

Jazz at the Sandbar Spring 2013
Schedule Announced!

Finally, the moment we've been waiting for! The popular Wednesday night Jazz at the Sandbar Series has an outstanding line up this spring! Our students and faculty alike are very excited for these amazing musicians to grace our stage with their presence. You don't want to miss any of these concerts, so mark your calendars now!

All events occur on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm at the
Cove on UNO's Campus

February 27th
Jamison Ross, Drums
Graduate Student of UNO, Winner of Thelonious Monk International Drum Competition

March 6th
Jazz Masters Performance: The Music of Battiste, Black & Marsalis
performed by Steve Masakowski, Ed Petersen & Victor Atkins 

March 13th
Antione Drye, Trumpet with Victor Atkin's Student Combo

March 20th
Joanne Brackeen, Piano with Brian Seeger's Student Combo

April 3rd
Mulgrew Miller, Piano with Victor Atkin's Student Combo

April 10th
Rex Gregory, Saxophone with Brian Seeger & Kris Tokarski's Combos

April 17th
Kate McGarry, vocals & Keith Ganz, guitar with
Steve Masakowski's Guitar Ensemble

April 24th
Butch Thompson, Piano with Matt Perinne & Ed Peterson's Combos

May 1st
Dr. Lonnie Smith, Organ with Ricky Sebastian and Steve Masakowski's Combos

Note: These events are FREE for students, faculty, and staff of UNO with an ID. Admission for the general public is $5. If you would like more information, please contact the music office at 504-280-6381.
We look forward to seeing you there!


UNO Alum Ted Ludwig Performs November 7, 2012 with the for JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR

UNO Alum, Guitarist Ted Ludwig, performed November 7th with the UNO Guitar Ensemble as part of the Fall 2012 Season of JAZZ AT THE SANDBAR. Pictured above, from left to right: Gregg Molinario, Michael Mason, Sean Wallace, Scott Myers, Georgi Petrov, Professor Steve Masakowski, Austin Clements on bass, Trent Bower on drums, and guest artist Ted Ludwig.


NOW AT A NEW TIME! Wednesdays, 7pm at The Cove!

UNO’s Jazz at the Sandbar series, implemented by Ellis Marsalis in 1990, provides Jazz Studies students with an opportunity to get real life experience performing with professional musicians in front of a live audience.

Jazz Guitarist, Composer Mike Moreno Headlines with UNO Guitar Ensembles

Rising star guitarist and composer Mike Moreno headlines this spring’s final Jazz at the Sandbar concert at the Cove on UNO’s Lakefront Campus on Tuesday, May 1st

Moreno will perform two sets, one each with the guitar ensembles conducted by professors Hank Mackie and Steve Masakowski.  The show begins at 7 pm.  Tickets are free to members of the UNO community and $5 for the general public.  Beer, wine, and snacks are available.

Spring Series 2012 all Tuesdays at 7 pm
All students, UNO community free with ID, general public $5
At the Cove, Founders Road, UNO Lakefront Campus

“Jazz at the Sandbar” Returns to Cove March 6
Brazilian Trumpeter Claudio Roditi Joins UNO Students on New Stage
Ellis Marsalis steps on the new Sandbar stage at the UNO Cove at opening ceremonies Dec.2, 2011.

21-year-old program moves to Tuesday nights

“Jazz at the Sandbar,” UNO’s unique, critically acclaimed jazz performance series, returns home to the newly-renovated Cove Student Center on Tuesday, March 6.  Brazilian trumpeter Claudio Roditi will appear along with UNO Jazz Studies students.  Performance begins at 7 pm; admission is $5 for the general public and free to the UNO community.

In addition to the new building and stage, “Jazz at the Sandbar” is moving to a new night—now on Tuesdays.  The Spring 2012 series runs March 6 – May 2.

A “Jazz at the Sandbar” pair UNO student ensembles on the bandstand with established jazz professionals, and makes a long-awaited return to The Cove with the Spring 2012 season. Originally built in 1973 as a student food and recreation center, the Cove quickly became the center of campus life. In 1990, UNO jazz studies Chairman Ellis Marsalis turned The Sandbar into a living laboratory where UNO students performed with national and international jazz artists. The Cove was badly damaged during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and had to be completely gutted and rebuilt. At long last, the grand opening took place on Friday December 2nd, and it reunited students, faculty and community members with a big celebration.

Grammy nominee Claudio Roditi will join UNO students to inaugurate the series and the stage. After arriving in the United States in 1970, Claudio began to study at Berklee School of Music, where he became musically influenced by Clifford Brown and Lee Morgan. In 1976 he moved to New York and began to establish himself as a formidable jazz figure. Currently he leads his own band and frequently travels as a member of Dizzy Gillespie's United Nations Orchestra. He earned a Grammy Award nomination in 1995 for his "Symphonic Bossa Nova”, and another in 2010 as Best Latin Jazz Album for “Brazilliance.”

 “Jazz at the Sandbar” is presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, WWNO Public Radio, Nate & Priscilla Gordon, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation, the UNO International Alumni Association and the New Orleans Jazz Celebration.

All proceeds go to the George Brumat Memorial Scholarship Fund. For more information, call the UNO Music Department at (504) 280-6039 or visit

Fall 2011

UNO’s Jazz at the Sandbar series, implemented by Ellis Marsalis in 1990, provides Jazz Studies students with an opportunity to get real life experience performing with professional musicians in front of a live audience.
The Sandbar experience teaches professional etiquette, how to prepare for performances, and to communicate with the audience and with fellow musicians on the band stand. It gives students a real-life environment to exercise improvisational skills as well as the rare opportunity to perform with leading masters of jazz. Students also gain a much wider range of musical perspectives via one-on-one and small group coaching from the visiting professionals

Now in its 3rd decade, Jazz at the Sandbar has become a New Orleans institution and is a leading contributor to UNO’s standing as an internationally-recognized jazz education program. Recent artists include Ellis Marsalis, Larry Coryell, Nicholas Payton, Herlin Riley, Brice Winston, Randy Brecker, Peter Bernstein and Henry Butler.

No other school offers such a program. Indeed, the opportunities provided by the Jazz at the Sandbar experience are repeatedly cited by students and the press as a major advantage of our Jazz Studies program and one that makes us unique among such peers as Berklee, Eastman, and Julliard.


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Downbeat Magazine has declared “Jazz at the Sandbar Series is one of the best things going in America.” 

All performances are presented by the UNO Jazz Studies Program with support from the UNO Student Government Association, the Jazz Centennial Celebration, the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation and the Snug Harbor Jazz Bistro.


Updated February 21, 2014


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