Tenor saxophonist Tony Dagradi led a celebration of John Coltrane’s birthday in September at Loyola University New Orleans, where Dagradi is a professor. Coltrane was born in North Carolina in 1926 and died in 1967.
Joining Dagradi in performing a wide cross-section of Coltrane’s ground-breaking recordings were saxophonists Derek Douget and Clarence Johnson III, pianist Michael Pellera, Chris Severin on bass and Geoff Clapp on drums
The Jazz Underground series, presented by Loyola University, continues at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, with a performance by drummer John Vidacovich with Loyola jazz studies majors at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
Admission is $10, with discounts for students and Loyola faculty and staff; tickets are available at cmfa.loyno.edu/montage/music-events.
Future concerts in the series will be:
- Aurora Nealand and the Redrawblak Trio, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19 in Nunemaker Auditorium, on the third floor of Monroe Hall at Loyola, 6363 St. Charles Ave., New Orleans.
Nealand, a saxophonist, will present an improvised set with Brad Walker and Paul Thibodeaux.
- Loyola Jazz Faculty Sextet, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Old U.S. Mint, 400 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans.
- New Orleans All-Star Jam, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25, in Nunemaker Auditorium. Participants are expected to include Wessell Anderson, Ashlin Parker, Delfeayo Marsalis, Tony Dagradi, Victor Atkins, Roland Guerin and Shannon Powell.
- Kent Jordan with Loyola jazz studies majors, 7:30 p.m. March 10, in Nunemaker Auditorium.