Nat Adderley Jr. Kicks Off FAMU’s 2010-2011 Season

By: FAMU Press Release
By: FAMU Press Release

Tallahassee, FL - Florida A&M University (FAMU) Nat Adderley Jr.’s “Music of Cannonball and Nat Adderley” along with a host of accomplished musicians will kick off FAMU’s Lyceum Series on Friday, October 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Lee Hall Auditorium.

The auditorium is divided into three sections: Orchestra A, Orchestra B and Balcony C. The sections are divided into three areas: House Left, House Center and House Right. Seat selections are filled on a first-come first-served basis. Ticket prices are as follows: Section A tickets are $35; Section B are $25; and Section C are $15.

Growing up in a major jazz family, Nat Adderley, Jr. was destined to be a musician. His father was the powerhouse cornetist and composer Nat Adderley, Sr. who was famed for his work with his brother, the legendary alto saxophonist Julian “Cannonball” Adderley.

Adderley, Jr., whose grandparents once taught at FAMU and father attended FAMU, was born in Quincy, Fla. He spent much of his music career arranging for Luther Vandross. He grew up in Teaneck, New Jersey. He started playing piano as a child and had his first song, “I’m on My Way,” recorded by his uncle Cannonball on the 1967 album Why Am I Treated So Bad! by the Cannonball Adderley Quintet when the young Adderley was only 11 years old. It was at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City that Adderley first met fellow student Luther Vandross, with whom he would later spend much of his musical career. He attended Yale University and graduated with a degree in African-American studies.

While living in Houston, Texas, he was the music arranger for the 1981 album Never Too Much, which became Vandross’ first hit with the title track. He continued working with Vandross, who he called “a hilarious guy, a great employer, a great friend, and an incredible musician,” until the singer’s stroke in February 2003.
He has returned to his jazz roots, performing his own works, as well as tributes to both his father and uncle. He cites his influences as Chick Corea, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk.

The following musicians will join Adderley on stage.

Longineu Parsons
Parsons, who is a cornetist, is an associate professor of music in FAMU’ Department of Music. He is the protégé of the Nat Adderley. He also performs on recorders, flute and percussion and is a vocalist.

Longineu performs classical and jazz on trumpet and his compositions include orchestral works and chamber music as well as jazz and world music. Longineu has performed in some thirty countries in North, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He has performed for such dignitaries as the King of Morocco, the President of Gabon, the Royal Family of the Netherlands, the President of Austria, the U.S. Ambassador to France, The Royal Family of Monaco and for UNESCO.

Longineu holds a bachelor of science degree in music from FAMU and a master’s degree of Music in classical trumpet from the University of Florida. He has also had supplementary jazz studies at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has extensive studies in composition on the master’s and doctoral levels.

Longineu has performed and recorded with such greats as Cab Calloway, Cecil Taylor, Nancy Wilson, Joe Williams, Herbie Mann, Frank Foster, Mal Waldron, Philly Joe Jones, Archie Shepp, Sun Ra, Sam Rivers, David Murray, Billy Harper, and many others.

Longineu has been soloist with the Jacksonville Symphony, Palm Beach Pops,
Tallahassee Symphony, Augusta Symphony, Gainesville Symphony and the University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestras. He has been a clinician at high schools and universities, most notably, the Conservatoire Nationale de France and the
Universidad Autonoma de Bucaramanga (Colombia).

Diron Holloway
Saxophonist Holloway is a composer and educator. Currently, he serves as associate professor of music at FAMU where he teaches jazz, classical saxophone, clarinet, chamber ensembles and jazz studies as well as perform with the FAMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, FAMU Saxophone Quartet and FAMU Faculty Woodwind Trio.

He has studied saxophone with Michael Titlebaum, Steve Duke, Victor Goines, Joe Temperley, Wessell Anderson; clarinet studies with John Daniels, Gregory Barrett, Victor Goines; and flute studies with Dennine White. Holloway performed with Mitsuko on the Japanese album titled “Mitsuko and The J-yorkers,” which released "Blue Canary" through Nippon Crown records. This album was awarded the 95th Annual Gold Disc as a best album chosen by Japan's most popular jazz magazine, "Swing Journal."

He has shared the stage with jazz greats such as Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Curtis Fuller, Ed Thigpen, Wynton Marsalis, and has performed with Wycliffe Gordon, Reginald Veal, Bobby Watson, Carl Allen, Victor Goines, Vincent Gardner, Roy McCurdy, Nat Adderley Jr. and Longineu Parsons. He has performed and has been featured both nationally and internationally as a saxophone or clarinet soloist.

He received a bachelor of science degree in music education from FAMU, the master of music degree in music performance from Northern Illinois University and The Artist Diploma degree from The Juilliard School.

Ricky Ravelo
Ravelo teaches applied bass, sight singing, music theory and combo lab at the University of North Florida. He can be heard on the Marcus Printup recording on Blue Note Records and frequently plays at clubs and concerts in Florida and New York City. Rick earned his bachelor of music degree from the University of North Florida and a master’s degree from Florida State University.

Von Barlow
As a top call drummer in the southeast for the last ten years, Barlow has never been accused of being inexperienced as his resume reads like a veritable who’s who in jazz and pop music. Mose Allison, O.C. Smith, Lou Rawls, The Ray Charles Trio, Arthur Prysock, Les McCann, Eddie Harris, Bobby Hutcherson, Bunky Green, Roy Ayers, Etta James, Buddy DeFranco, Ray Brown, Ira Sullivan, Pete Jolly, Bobby Bluebland, Joe Sample, Barney Kessel, Buster Williams, Longineu Parsons, Ben Tucker, Marcus Roberts, Harry Connick Jr., Della Reese and Jack Wilson are just some of the names Barlow has performed and recorded with.

Barlow has also been the house drummer for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival for several years and has played in the festival’s Great American Piano Competition.

He played with the late great O.C. Smith at the famous Woodstock Festival of 1969, the Monterey Jazz Festival, Madison Square Garden, the Apollo, the Hollywood Bowl and the Coconut Grove. For some years, he played with Ben Tucker and various renowned guest artists at Hannah’s in historic Savannah, Ga. He also performed frequently for the Hilton Head Jazz Society.

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