Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Nonet Appears at New Orleans Jazz Fest

May 04, 2013 — Coral Gables, FL — The Frost School’s Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Nonet, a graduate ensemble mentored by the institute’s artistic director Terence Blanchard, performed at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on Friday, May 3, at the New Orleans Fair Ground. Weather conditions were rainy and unseasonably cold, but crowds still flocked to hear the music and enjoy the festivities.

Band members in the Henry Mancini Institute Jazz Nonet are:
Chris Burbank, trumpet; Mark Small, sax; Kendall Moore, trombone; Kathleen Hollingsworth, vocals; Nathan Skinner, vibes; Tim Jago, guitar; Angelo Versace, piano, Jeff Kimperman, bass, Daniel Susnjar, drums.

The group performed high-energy works composed and arranged by members of the band. Their concert was enjoyed by an enthusiastic crowd of avid jazz fans in Zaterain’s Jazz Tent, one of 10 sponsored main stages.

Dean Shelly Berg, Holly Freyre, and Steve Guerra from the Frost School attended, along with extended family of the late Henry Mancini, including matriarch Ginny Mancini, son Chris Mancini, daughters Monica Mancini and Felice Mancini, and grandson Christopher Mancini. Henry Mancini's most famous compositions include Moon River, The Days of Wine and Roses, and Dreamsville, to name a few. The University of Miami Frost School of Music is home to the Henry Mancini Institute.

Jazz Fest, formally named the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, is held annually over a two week period and features international, local and up-and-coming artists. Headliners this year included Billy Joel, Maroon 5, John Mayer, B. B. King, Wayne Shorter, and many more.

Terence Blanchard, trumpet, also performed at Jazz Fest with his own band the following day, Saturday, May 4, to rave reviews. Blanchard is a multi-Grammy Award winner.

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HMI Jazz Nonet at the 2013 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, a/k/a/ New Orleans Jazz Fest.