(New Orleans, LA) The New Orleans Alumni Chapter of Xavier
University will honor local alumni members and local jazz legends
at the annual Jazz Round-Up event, Sunday June 14, 3:00pm-
6:00pm in the McCaffrey Ballroom of the University Center
on the Xavier campus. Admission is free.
The afternoon of jazz and fun will feature live music by the
Xavier University Jazz Band and Dwight and Connie Fitch.
The New Orleans Alumni Chapter, also known as Club #1
and the Hometeam, will honor three fellow Xavierites and
two local jazz legends.
Alumni honorees include Rita Tregre Barre’57, Sophie Watts
Amburo ’51 and Doris Sullivan ’49.
New Orleans area Jazz Legends to be honored include Peter
“Chuck” Badie Jr. and Wardell Quezerque.
Badie is a bassist who has toured and recorded with R&B
singer Sam Cooke. He is known for his "romping" style on
such R&B hits as Jessie Hill’s Ooh Poo Poo Pa Doo, Ernie
K-Doe’s Mother-In-Law, Barbara George’s I Know and Chris
Kenner’s Something You Got.
He was a part of the American Jazz Quintet around 1957, which
consisted of Nat Perrilliat, Alvin Batiste, Ellis Marsalis and Ed
Blackwell. He also did session work with Allen Toussaint,
which produced the hits Mother-In-Law, Ooh Poo Poo Pa Doo
and Something You Got.
Wardell Quezergue is an arranger, composer, and bandleader.
He was born into a musical New Orleans family. His father
Sidney was a guitar player. His brothers Leo and Alden were
also jazz musicians. Quezergue played with Dave Bartholomew’s
band from the late 1940’s and was the bandleader of his own Royal
Dukes of Rhythm. He has worked with numerous New Orleans
musicians including Professor Longhair and Fats Domino.
In 1964 he formed NOLA Records and was associated with popular
artists and hit records such as ‘Barefootin’ and ‘Mr. Big Stuff’. He
also produced and arranged the Grammy Award winning Dr. John
album ‘Goin’ Back to New Orleans’ in 1992.
For more information contact the Xavier Alumni Office at 504-520-7575.