Blues Brothers musician to join Southeastern Ensemble for jazz concert March 13
Contact: Rene Abadie
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HAMMOND – Legendary Blues Brothers saxophonist “Blue Lou” Marini Jr. will join the Southeastern Louisiana University Jazz Ensemble One in a special tribute concert Saturday, March 13, at 7 p.m. at the Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts.
The jazz ensemble, lead by Southeastern director of bands Glen Hemberger, will explore the music of the famed Blues Brothers Rhythm and Blues Band 30 years after the release of the classic film starring Dan Akroyd and John Belushi.
Marini was one of the original members of the Saturday Night Live Band, playing on the popular television show from 1976 to 1983 and often performing saxophone solos at the open and close of the show. With his trademark long hair and funky mustache, “Blueness,” as he is also known, has made numerous appearances on the David Letterman Show and at the Grammy Awards.
Tickets for the Blues Brothers tribute concert -- $12 reserved seating for adults and $6 reserved seating for students – are available at the Columbia Theatre box office or by calling 985-543-4371.
Hemberger said the concert will feature many of the titles made famous by the Blues Brothers Band, including “Everybody Needs Somebody,” “Gimme Some Lovin,’” “She Caught the Katy,” “I Can’t Turn You Loose,” and “Sweet Home Chicago.” Reviving the roles of Jake and Elwood Blues will be Skyler Stroup and Lacy Blackledge; the concert also will feature Southeastern graduate student Colby McCurdy and undergraduate music major Josh Olson on the harmonica.
“What an opportunity this is for our students to perform with one of the great jazz artists of our time,” Hemberger said. “This is an event our audience won’t soon forget.”
Marini has played on numerous albums, many of which went platinum. He has performed with legendary artists such as Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, Lou Reed and Frank Zappa. He has also played with some of the industry’s most prominent bands, including Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, Dr. John, Blood Sweat and Tears. Recently he toured throughout the nation with James Taylor and is on Taylor’s forthcoming album.