Jazz Studies

Loyola University has the oldest jazz program in the city of New Orleans. New Orleans is the birthplace of this great American art form and also fosters and maintains a very active jazz performance scene. Loyola University Jazz Faculty are selected from the finest musicians New Orleans has to offer. The faculty is extremely active in the local, national and international jazz venues.  The degree program features studies in improvisation, composition, arranging, history, theory, and music industry. Students have the opportunity to perform in Jazz Ensembles and Combos. There are also many performances available in the City of New Orleans. Quite a few of Loyola Jazz Majors become active contributors to the musical fabric of the city. There are also many famous Alumni of the program including Ellis Marsalis, Victor Goines and Rick Margitza.

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Loyola Jazz Bands

The jazz bands offer musicians an opportunity to perform music in the popular and jazz idioms along with study of arranging and techniques of improvisation. Both Jazz Band and Jazz Workshop Band are open to all University students by audition.


Tony Dagradi, Saxophone, Improvisation and Combos
Nick Volz, Trumpet
John Mahoney, Trombone
Matt Lemmler, Piano
Don Vappie, Guitar
Ed Wise, Bass
Wayne Maureau, Drums
Johnny Vidacovich, Drums
Jason Minglesdorf, Saxophone, Jazz Ensemble, and Improvisation
Ray Moore, Jazz Ensemble and Combos
Gordon Towell, Jazz Ensemble, Improvisation, Composition and Arranging, Combos

For more information on our jazz studies program, please contact Gordon Towell at gltowell@loyno.edu

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