Jazz Concert at Fontainebleau High School

International Legends Perform

January 23, 2014

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On Thursday, January 23, Fontainebleau High School hosted an “historic” battle of big bands being billed as “The Kremlin Meets the Crescent City.” Two internationally-acclaimed groups took part, legendary pianist/educator “Ellis Marsalis and the Uptown Jazz Orchestra” and the Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra (IBJO) from Moscow, Russia.

The concert was held in the Fontainebleau High School auditorium in Mandeville with hundreds of students, parents and School System officials in the audience.

As the birthplace of jazz, New Orleans has influenced musicians around the world for over a century. This one-of-a-kind show highlighted the great jazz legacy as interpreted by two entirely different cultures with the same objective, Band Director Hicks said, and it was an opportunity that Fontainebleau High School was proud to present.

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The Uptown Jazz Orchestra with Ellis Marsalis at the left playing piano

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Igor Butman

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The Igor Butman Jazz Orchestra

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Getting ready for the Battle of the Jazz bands

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Band Director Lee Hicks welcoming Ellis Marsalis

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Setting the stage for the Kremlin vs the Crescent City Jazz Throwdown

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Backstage getting to know one another

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Tuning up for the big performance

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