“It’s primarily an educational jazz festival,” Leonard said. “This year we have Naughty Professor, who shared the stage with Snarky Puppy, the Revivalists and other bands. They’re going to be really fun.
The members of Naughty Professor were students in Loyola University’s jazz program when they formed the band in 2010. More than a decade later, the six-piece band has earned a reputation as an iconoclastic instrumental lineup. capable of handling jazz, funk, R&B and blues. . Naughty Professor’s debut album ‘Until the Next Time’ was released in 2013, followed by ‘Out on A Limb’ in 2015 and ‘In the Flesh’ in 2016.
With “Identity” in 2017, the members of Naughty Professor expanded his instrumental palette and invited talented collaborators into the studio. Special guests included singers Ivan Neville and Sasha Masakowski, rapper Chali 2na and trumpeter Eric “Benny” Bloom. The group released two EPs in 2019, “Live with Chali 2na” and “Everyday Shredder”.
“Jazz Weekend is a fun event and it’s so great for the kids,” Leonard said. “Although the whole purpose is educational, we (want) children (to have) the opportunity to see real artists that they enjoy. And how often do you get authentic New Orleans jazz in the area? Not a lot.”
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HOW TO GET THERE
Who: naughty teacher
Where: Beavercreek High School, Alumni Auditorium, 2660 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek
When: 8 p.m. on Saturday, February 26. Doors open at 7 p.m.
Cost: Reserved seating is $20 for adults, $15 for K-12 students and seniors 65 and older
More info: www.weekendofjazz.org
Artist Information: www.naughtyprofessormusic.com