On Thurday, January 23, 2014, at 7pm, Fountainebleau High Schoole in Mandeville will host an historic battle of the big bands when "The Kremlin Meets The Crescent City."
The two groups waging war will be Grammy Award-winning producer, trombonist, and composer Delfeayo Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra versus the internationally renowned Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra from Moscow, Russia. Pulling out all the stops for this engagement, UJO will showcase New Orleans' top jazz talents, including legendary pianist Ellis Marsalis Jr., extraordinary vocalistDavell Crawford, and the masterful funky drummer, Herlin Riley. The elder Marsalis will provide the unique wisdom and touch of a true Jazz Master, Crawford brings excitement and joy in the traditions of Ray Charles and Fats Domino, and Riley's drumming will surely make you want to get up and shake that thing!
Consisting of Moscow's finest jazz players, IBJO is a force to be reckoned with, led by Russia's #1 jazz personality, saxophone virtuoso Igor Butman. Butman trained at the prestigious Berklee College of Music with Delfeayo, and the two share a love for spreading the news of jazz around the world. Butman has shared the stage with jazz greats including Dave Brubeck, Chick Corea, Jack DeJohnette, Pat Metheny and Gary Burton. His 50th birthday concert took place at the 6000-seat Kremlin Palace and featured Wynton Marsalis and Natalie Cole. At a state dinner hosted by Vladimir Putin, American President Bill Clinton-a tenorman himself-stated that Igor Butman "...may be the greatest living jazz saxophone player, who happens to be Russian." IBJO will feature the sensational vocalistFantine Pritoula, known for her passionately soulful and dynamic style.
As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has influenced musicians around the world for over a century. This one-of-a-kind show will highlight the great jazz legacy as interpreted by two entirely different cultures with the same objective. Let's have a party, New Orleans-style, when the Kremlin meets the Crescent City!