Tickets for the latest Superfly Presents SuperJam went onsale Friday morning at 10am EST. This SuperJam is the tenth installment of its signature series, featuring Carter Beauford on drums, John Medeski on keyboards, Meshell Ndegéocello on bass, Joshua Redman on saxophone and Marc Ribot on guitar. The SuperJam is part of the Superfly during Jazzfest Concert Series and will take place Sunday, May 6th at the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans. Located at 143 N. Rampart St in New. Orleans, this one time only event will feature the musicians in a loose jam session environment, showcasing their creative musical skills. Tickets for SuperJam are $35.00 and available through TicketMaster beginning Friday, April 06, 2001 at 10:00AM EST.

The SuperJam format features a melting pot of hand-picked musicians collaborating, often for the first time, on stage. With a heavy emphasis on the groove and a healthy atmosphere for experimentation, these performances have been exciting for both audiences and the perforers alike. The series broke into the national arena in spring of 2000, with a record breaking 13-minute sell-out of the 2,700-capacity Saenger Theatre. Billed as Oysterhead, the SuperJam featured Trey Anastacio of Phish, Les Claypool of Primus and Stewart Copeland of The Police.

The latest SuperJam lineup features drummer Carter Beauford, of the Dave Matthews Band. The Dave Matthews Band are the most successful band in the country selling out stadiums in record numbers and topping the U.S. charts with their latest release Everyday. Beauford's powerful drumming with DMB has generated demand for his services by other artists including Carlos Santana, Victor Wooten and John Popper. Beauford says, "I feel it's important to get in there and try to tackle [other] music and play a little differently and bring it back to the band."

Veteran SuperJam participant, John Medeski of Blue Note recording trio Medeski, Martin & Wood, is known for his prowess on the Hammond B3 organ. MMW have taken jazz experimentation and bridged the gap between hard bop and hip-hop. Medeski's penchant for employing a wide range of vintage keyboard and his expansive musical vocabulary has allowed the band to perform with musicians of all genres. Medeski has strong ties to New Orleans as producer of The Dirty Dozen Brass Band's Buck Jump album.

When Meshell Ndegéocello debuted her first album Plantation Lullabies in 1994, she received immediate critical acclaim. The talented bassist, singer/songwriter earned three Grammy nominations, was named Bassist of the Year by Bass Guitar Magazine (the first female so honored) and was named "Brightest Hope for 1994" by Rolling Stone magazine. Since that time, she has recorded 2 acclaimed albums for Maverick Records; Peace Beyond Passion and Bitter, toured with Lilith Fair and worked as a much sought-after session musician. She is currently on tour with her band The Conscientious Objectors.

Saxophonist Joshua Redman first appeared on the jazz scene as winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute's saxophone competition. Since that time, he has recorded seven albums for Warner Bros. Records, including his latest disc, Passage of Time. According to Redman, his goal as a jazz musician "is to construct a meaningful... emotional narrative of sound". In pursuit of this goal, he has helped revitalize the realm of acoustic jazz.

Guitarist Marc Ribot has been a fixture on the New York City downtown avant-garde scene for many years most notably as a member of the Lounge Lizards. He's recorded with Elvis Costello and Tom Waits and currently performs with his new group, Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos.

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[Published on: 4/6/01]

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