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46th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival
The Donald Harrison Quintet

Madd for Tadd A Tribute to Tadd Dameron 
Featuring the East Central Jazz Educators All Star Big Band
Big Band Matinee
Middle and High School Performances for Adjudication

March 16 - 18, 2018
Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center (D-Building)
Lakeland Community College

Campus Directions
Campus Map (pdf)
Jazz Festival Web Site
Lakeland Community College Music Department
Arts at Lakeland

Select here for tickets or call 440-525-7134

The Donald Harrison Quintet will headline the 46th Annual Lakeland Community College Jazz Festival this March. Donald Harrison is a legendary jazz artist from New Orleans and is the originator of the signature style "Nouveau Swing".  The group features an all-star New Orleans and NYC lineup. 

The second night of the festival will feature selections from "Madd for Tadd", celebrating the birthday of Cleveland's legendary composer Tadd Dameron, and will feature an all-star lineup of music professors from NE Ohio and beyond. 

On Sunday, the
festival will also feature a Big Band Matinee with two big bands - the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra and the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quintet. 

The weekend is also a highlight for the jazz education community in Northeast Ohio and features performances and adjudication with middle and high school jazz ensembles from around Ohio.

All performances are held in the Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center in D-Building, Lakeland Community College, 7700 Clocktower Drive, Kirtland. For tickets and information, select here or call 440-525-7134

Publicity / Contacts
Jessica Novak  
Office of Marketing and Communications  440-525-7278

Festival Co-Coordinators
Dave Sterner  (440) 463-2282 cell
Steve Stanziano
Ph.D.  440-525-7193 office

Dr. Constance Edwards, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences Division

Friday, March 16

8:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m. Middle and High School Performances & Adjudication
Free and open to the public
Select here
for a list of performing schools

Dominick Farinacci (Tri-C)
Mark Mauldin (Tri-C, Howard University)
Aidan Plank (Kent State)
Kent Engelhardt (Youngstown State)
Jeff Bush (Duquesne)

8 p.m. The Donald Harrison Quintet
featuring Donald Harrison - sax/vocals
Zaccai Curtis - piano (NYC)
Darryl Staves - drums (Boston)
Jasen Weaver - bass (New Orleans)
Detroit Brooks - guitar (New Orleans)

$30 general admission; $15 students

Donald HarrisonDonald Harrison was born in New Orleans in 1960 and grew up in a home environment saturated with the city’s traditional brass bands, afro-new Orleans culture, modern jazz, R&B, funk, classical, world and dance music. His connection to New Orleans’ roots was deepened by his father, a Big Chief, in a new American style of African culture developed in New Orleans. The culture is an offshoot culture of Congo Square, one of the only known places in North America where Africans openly participated in their culture in the 18th and 19th centuries and still participate in it throughout the city. Donald became the Big Chief of The Congo Square Nation Afro-New Orleans cultural group in 1999 and coined the term Afro-New Orleans to describe his culture. He designed and built New Orleans’ first cultural attire to merge African designs with Afro-New Orleans style cultural designs.

Harrison created “Nouveau Swing,” a style off jazz that merges it with modern dance music like R&B, Hip-Hop, Soul and Rock. Over twenty years ago, he also combined jazz with Afro-New Orleans traditional music on his critically acclaimed and influential albums “Indian Blues” in 1991 and “Spirits of Congo Square” in 2000. These records deepened his commitment to maintaining the offshoot rituals, call and response chants and drumming as well as his determination to keep traditional to modern jazz music alive for the next generation.

Over three decades playing as a professional artist has placed Harrison on stage and on recordings with some of the most influential artists of the 21st century.  He has performed and recorded with an illustrious list of distinguished musicians in Jazz, R & B, Funk, Classical and other music genres. Art Blakey, Roy Haynes, The Cookers, McCoy Tyner, Miles Davis, Lena Horne, Ron Carter, Billy Cobham, Eddie Palmieri, Jennifer Holiday, Dr. John, Guru’s Jazzmatazz, McCoy Tyner, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Digable Planets, Notorious BIG, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra and The Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra are just a few of the artists and ensembles he has performed with.

As an actual evacuee/survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Harrison had a prominent role in Spike Lee’s HBO documentary, “When the Levees Broke.” He also appeared as himself and co-wrote the sound track for Academy Award winning Director Jonathan Demme’s feature film, “Rachel’s Getting Married,” starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger. Aspects of Harrison’s life and music are chronicled with two characters in David Simon’s ground breaking HBO series, Treme. He was  a character consultant and appeared as himself in eleven episodes in the series.

Harrison recorded “Quantum Leap” in 2012, which musicians and critics agree is a next step for real jazz and is an amalgamation of his life’s experiences and years playing with jazz masters. With quantum jazz, Donald has opened up new areas for time, harmony, and melody. The recording has another component where it melds cutting edge jazz with New Orleans funk, connecting the past with the present with jazz music that transcends boundaries. His upcoming jazz recording will feature, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Christian Scott, Max Moran, Detroit Brooks, Joe Dyson and others. The recording has Donald Harrison playing sax, singing, rapping, chanting, playing percussion, piano, keyboards, drumming and producing.

Zaccai Curtis / piano
After graduating from New England Conservatory in 2005, Zaccai Curtis moved to New York City where he performs regularly with artists such as: Donald Harrison, Cindy Blackman Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Christian Scott, Ralph Peterson, T.K. Blue, Brian Lynch, Ray Vega, and Eric Person amongst others.  Curtis composes and arranges for his own quartet, trio, Big-Band and more. In 2003 he was chosen as a winner of the ASCAP Young Jazz Composer’s competition and each year consecutively through 2006.

Darryl Staves / drums
Darryl Staves was a member of the Grammy Band in 2013 and has studied at Berklee College of Music.

Jasen Weaver - bass
Jasen Weaver began playing the double bass at the age of 11. He first received training at a program called the New Orleans String Project and was accepted into the Greater New Orleans Youth Orchestra (GNOYO). At the age of 13, he joined the jazz band at his middle school and began what would become a full time interest in the music. By age 14, he was accepted into the prestigious New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA) as a member of the Jazz program.

Since then he has been privileged to play with many great musicians including Dee Dee Bridgewater, Herlin Riley, Wes Anderson, Donald Harrison, Ellis Marsalis, Jason Marsalis, Delfeayo Marsalis, Adonis Rose, Los Hombres Calientes, Stephanie Jordan and many others. He has also recorded with Dr. John, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (feat. Dee Dee Bridgewater), Jason Marsalis, The Session, Cliff Hines, Sasha Masakowski, and saxophonist Stephen Richard.

Jasen graduated from the University of New Orleans in May 2012, as a Jazz Studies major, and is an active member of the New Orleans music scene.

Detroit Brooks - guitar
began his career at an early age, touring with his famous family which includes his world-famous sister Juanita Brooks, of “Juanita’s Gospel Express,” as well as his acclaimed father, George A. Brooks, Sr., of the famous “Masonic Kings.” Like many accomplished guitarists, Detroit mastered his craft on the road where the performances were “long, free and continuous.” His skill, technique and experience brought him quick recognition and the opportunity to play with gospel greats like Clarence Fountain & the Five Blind Boys, Dorothy Norwood, Reverend Ernest Franklin, Albertina Walker, Raymond Myles and The Rams and the famed Zion Harmonizers.  A New Orleans music scene regular, Brooks’
dedication to mastery, or as we call it, “The Game,” has created the most requested Guitarist in a city whose every breath has a musical overtone.

Donald Harrison PR Materials

Bio at

Hi-res photo #1 credit Paul Schiraldi
Hi-res photo # 2 credit Kiel Scott
Hi-res photo # 3

Concert Preview National Geographic April 2012 (pdf)

Reviews for "Quantum Leap" 2011 (pdf)
HBO's "Treme" and Donald Harrison article (pdf)

Chuchito ValdesDonald Harrison Live
Chuchito ValdesDonald Harison Quantum Leap Band playing "Watermelon Man"

Saturday, March 17

8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Middle and High School Performances & Adjudication
Free and open to the public
Select here for a list of performing schools
Kent Engelhardt ( Youngstown State)
Jeff Bush (Duquesne)
Dave Morgan (Youngstown State)
Phil Degreg (Univ. of Cincinnati)
Alan Barnes (from the United Kingdom)


8 p.m. Madd for Tadd™ A Tribute to Tadd Dameron
Featuring the East Central Jazz Educators All-Star Big Band

$15 general admission; $7 students

Tadd DameronMadd for Tadd celebrates the great pianist/composer/arranger Tadd Dameron, whose roots were originally from Cleveland, and who went on to become one of the greatest composer/arrangers of his era.  He wrote and arranged for The Count Basie Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Artie Shaw and Sarah Vaughan to name a few.  His compositions have become part of the Great American Songbook.

The East Central Jazz Educators All Star Big Band is made up  of some of the best musicians and educators from universities throughout the NE Ohio area and beyond.  This all-star line up includes:

**Kent Englehardt - Youngstown State University
Alan Barnes - United Kingdom (Great Britain)
Dave Kana - Youngstown State University
Tom Reed - Ashland University


 Steve Hawk - Slippery Rock University
East Central Jazz Educators Joe Badaczewski - Duquesne University
 Dominick Farinacci - Tri-C Jazz Studies Program
**Steve Enos - Tri-C Jazz Studies Program

Jeff Bush - Duquesne University
Jay Ashby - Oberlin Conservatory

French Horn:
Stacie Mickens - Youngstown State University

Rhythm Section:
Piano: Phil DeGreg - University of Cincinnati    
Bass: Dave Morgan - Youngstown State University
Drums: Jim Rupp - Tri-C / Ohio State University

** Co-Directors

Kent EngelhardtWhen Kent J. Engelhardt, Ph.D. was rewarded a YSU Research Professorship for the 2016-2017 school year, he had no idea that his project would garner the attention it is now receiving.  Engelhardt’s project, “Tadd Dameron: The Magic Touch” is a recreation of the music on Tadd Dameron’s last album recorded in 1962 and includes “On A Misty Night,” “Fontainbleau,” “Just Plain Talkin’,” “Our Delight,” “Dial B For Beauty,” “Look, Stop And Listen,” “Bevan’s Birthday,” and “Swift As The Wind,” “You’re A Joy,” and “If You Could See Me Now.”

Madd For Tadd
was formed to celebrate Dameron’s centennial during 2017, and this past May they recorded at the Tommy LiPuma Studios at TRI-C, and a CD is forthcoming.  Madd For Tadd is a group of some of the best jazz musicians/educators from the region that represent numerous universities. 

Kent Engelhardt, holds a BM and MM from Youngstown State University and a MA and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and Jazz Education Network.  Kent is an active performer, composer, arranger, editor, author, and educator.  His Charlie Parker research, including two books, is published by VDM, Oxford University Press, and the IAJE.  He can be heard on numerous recordings including the Paul Ferguson Jazz Orchestra, Cleveland Jazz Orchestra, and the Blossom Festival Band.  Kent is a Conn-Selmer Artist and a Remle/Beechler Representative Artist

Madd for Tadd  PR Materials

East Central Jazz Educators hi-res

Madd for Tadd / East Central Jazz Edjucators Line-Up

Madd for Tadd & Kent J. Engelhardt Bio

Sunday, March 18

4 p.m. Big Band Matinee
Featuring the Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Dave Sterner and the Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quintet under the direction of Kent Englehardt.
Tickets $10 general admission, $7 students

Lakeland Civic
                  Jazz Orchestra
The Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra is under the direction of Dave Sterner and will feature music by Charles Mingus, Sammy Nestico, Count Basie, among others and an original composition by retired Lakeland Faculty Bob Brown.  Bob will be playing piano on the concert.

The Youngstown State University Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Quintet, under the direction of Kent Englehardt, will feature music composed and arranged by Youngstown State jazz students: Alex Miller, Justin Randall, Emma Donkin, Nick Frank, Ian Kinnaman and Tommy Starr.

Website for Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra
Hi-res pic # 3 of Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra
Hi-res pic # 4 of Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra
Hi-res pic # 6 of Lakeland Civic Jazz Orchestra

Select here for tickets or call 440-525-7134

Dr. Wayne L. Rodehorst Performing Arts Center (Building D)
Lakeland Community College
Campus Directions
Campus Map (pdf)
Jazz Festival Web Site
Lakeland Community College Music Department
Arts at Lakeland

Dr. Morris Beverage Jr., President, Lakeland Community College
Dr. Constance Edwards, Associate Dean, Arts and Sciences Division
Dr. Matthew Saunders, Department Chair, Music
Jeri Lynn Pilarczyk, Senior Secretary, Arts and Sciences Division

About the Lakeland Jazz Festival
Festival Coordinators
Dave Sterner  (440) 463-2282 cell
Stephen Stanziano, Ph.D.   
440-525-7193 office

The 46th Annual Lakeland Jazz Festival, is a presentation of the Arts and Sciences Division. The Lakeland Jazz Festival was founded by retired professor and music department Chair Charles M. Frank. Lakeland's Jazz Festival has remained true to its original mission of instilling the excitement and magic of jazz education to the younger generation of musicians. Over 30,000 middle and high school musicians from throughout the state have participated in the festival in celebration of this uniquely American art form, jazz.

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