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MICHAEL PELLERA QUARTET
Wed March 1 @ 8:00 pm
Michael Pellera is one of the most respected pianists in the New Orleans modern jazz scene. Not only is he a pioneer in music education as the jazz chair at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (NOCCA), he also has a complete discography of his own, featuring players like John Vidacovich, Bill Summers, Tony Dagradi, Steve Masakowski and Bill Huntington. You can find him serving as musical director for several local leading vocalists bands, or simply backing up some of New Orleans’ other renowned musicians around town, including many popular festivals.
After studying at Berklee College of Music, Mr. Pellera has been a jazz educator serving New Orleans since 1989. He taught jazz piano and improvisation for 15 years at Loyola University before joining NOCCA’s faculty in 2002. In the last 25 years, he has lived in New Orleans and New York, giving his music a unique perspective that draws freely from the influences of the two cities. As a composer, he has created a body of work that encompasses modern jazz harmony, indigenous New Orleans rhythms, and elements of the classic American songbook of the 1930s & 1940s.
He has released two critically acclaimed albums of his jazz compositions. His first CD, “Cloud Nine,” was released in 1997 and his second recording, “Son of Sky,” was released in 2001. Both albums featured a veritable “who’s who” of the New Orleans modern jazz scene, such as Bill Huntington, John Vidacovich, Steve Masakowski, Tony Dagradi, Bill Summers, James Singleton, and Phillip Manuel.
As an arranger and producer, Pellera has worked in a variety of contexts from trio to big band. He has performed with a multitude of great jazz artists, including Wynton Marsalis, Buddy Rich, Branford Marsalis, Bobby McFerrin, and Harry Connick Jr, and some of his former students include Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, Jonathan Batiste, Troy Andrews, Rich Vogel, and others who have created distinguished careers for themselves with artists like Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Liz Wright, Joni Mitchell, Lenny Kravitz, and popular New Orleans funk band Galactic.
Tonight, he presents the Michael Pellera Quartet, featuring:
Mike Pellera – piano
Miles Berry – saxophone
Grayson Brockamp – bass
Johnny Vidacovich – drums
Shows at 8pm & 10pm
Doors at 7:00pm & 9:30pm.
Restaurant is Open 6pm – 10pm for dinner before or after your showtime:
Advance Ticket Holders can now automatically make dinner table reservations for the Dining Room online via Open Table here!
Advance Ticket-Holders can also make table reservations for dinner by Emailing firstname.lastname@example.org after your tickets have been purchased online. All dinner table reservations must be attached to advance concert tickets. Dinner Service without Advance Concert Tickets is first-come, first-served based on availability upon arrival.
Full Bar is Open 6pm – Midnight for all, on show nights, with or without tickets.
Kind Reminder: Snug Harbor does not serve food inside the Music Room. In order to preserve the integrity, quiet and focus of our world class intimate concerts, only cocktails and soft drinks are available for table service inside the Music Room. However, we encourage you to arrive 90 Minutes prior to your showtime in order to enjoy full, relaxing dinner service in the Dining Room right next door, before getting seated in the Music Room for the show. 9pm ticket holders can also enjoy dinner, dessert or appetizers after the show, with Dining Room seating only guaranteed by submitting your table request before 8pm.
As announced by the City of New Orleans, as of March 24th, Snug Harbor is no longer requiring valid proof of Covid vaccination or negative test for entry, and while masks are still suggested while not eating or drinking indoors, they are now optional for all. We are now seating at just under our regular audience capacity.
However, with our intimate venue’s regularly limited seating capacity, advance tickets are still strongly suggested in order to guarantee seats for this acclaimed show!