The Lion's Roar

Jazzy evening brings university and community together

Jazzy evening brings university and community together

Brynn Lundy, Staff Reporter

February 18, 2020

“An Evening of Jazz” welcomed Hammond community members to raise funds and experience entertainment provided by the university’s jazz faculty and ensemble. On Sunday, Feb. 16, the Rotary Club of Hammond partnered with the university’s music department to host “An Evening of Jazz” from 5-...

A musical melting pot: Louisiana’s original art form

A musical melting pot: Louisiana’s original art form

Maggie Tregre, Staff Reporter

October 31, 2019

Jazz music has been a part of Louisiana’s culture for over a century. Although the first jazz groups originated in New Orleans, there were many different musical influences from other regions of the world that helped create jazz as it is today. Michael Brothers, director of jazz and percussion...

Jazz festival approaches

Jazz festival approaches

Zachary Araki, Assistant Editor

April 8, 2019

The 18th annual "Bill Evans Jazz Festival" will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Kind of Blue" album by Miles Davis. Michael Brothers, instructor of jazz studies, percussion and drumline, described the album as one of the most important jazz recordings of all time. Evans, a 1950 alumnus and...

Sharing musical passion

Sharing musical passion

Jacob Summerville, Staff Reporter

October 18, 2018

Music has been a constant in the life of Michael Brothers, instructor of jazz studies, percussion and drumline. Born and raised in San Francisco Bay, California, Brothers vaguely remembers his first experience with live music in the early ‘60s. His parents, who both played instruments, went to see...

Jazz ensemble begins performance season

Jazz ensemble begins performance season

Madeline Cancienne, Staff Reporter

October 3, 2018

The jazz ensemble practiced twice a week to put on its first concert of the season. The jazz ensemble performed in the Pottle Recital Hall on Monday, Oct. 1.  Many of the songs performed included solos from trumpet player Austin Dugas, a senior music major. “This performance was really hard...