Each year UTM Music has a variety of performances and events open to the public. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, UTM Music has had to remix how offerings are made available to patrons.
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(UT Martin Class of 1982)
The Ed Sargent Guest Artist Series is named in recognition of UTM alumnus Ed Sargent. Sargent is a Grammy-nominated producer, and for 25 years was tour manager for jazz trumpet great, Maynard Ferguson.
Ed joined the ranks of the Queen of Rock and Roll, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as Tour Manager in the Fall of 2007 and continues to this day. Under the Blackhearts umbrella of touring, Ed has toured with artists such as Aerosmith, Boston, Greenday, The Who, Foo Fighters, Styx, Heart, Cheap Trick, Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard and others.. In his early jazz days, Sargent worked not only with Ferguson but a variety of Jazz artists, Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, Dizzy Gillespie, Marlena Shaw, Billy Eckstein and Dianne Schuur. As a producer, Sargent along with Stockton Helbing produced Ferguson's last recording "The One And Only Maynard Ferguson" from which the Steve Wiest arrangement of "Besame Mucho" was a Grammy Nominated bid.
In a variety of production capacities, Executive Producer and Producer, Sargent executed Fergusonâ?Ts last 10 projects, including recording projects with Concord Records and Michael Feinstein, video and recording projects with Dianne Schuur.
In the Maynard Ferguson Presents series, Ed also co-produced recording projects with Carl Fischer, long time trumpeter with Billy Joel, French Pianist Christian Jacob, Pittsburg icon trombonist Reggie Watkins and alongside Tim Ries, veteran saxophonist for the Rolling Stones, on the acclaimed double CD project "Stones World".
In 2000/2001, Ed took a hiatus from touring to become the President of Johnny Rabb Drumstick Company. The company was internationally recognized as one of the fastest-growing music companies in the world, won numerous awards and Most Innovative Sticks from Drum Magazine 2000. johnnyraBB Drumsticks specialized in the manufacturing of innovative drumsticks and mallets, developed through the integration of nature, science and creativity. johnnyraBB Drumsticks was the only drumstick company in the world to maintain complete quality control from standing timber to the final product. After negotiating the sale of johnnyraBB drumsticks Co.to DW Drums in Dec. 2001 Ed returned to touring life with the Ferguson band until 2006, when Maynard Ferguson passed.
Sargent's long musical career came as a direct link from the UTM "Guest Concert Series" when Stan Mark, Lead Trumpeter for Ferguson made a guest appearance with the UTM jazz and concert band in 1980, Ed was the Student liaison for Mr. Mark. This association has forever ingrained a desire to nurture performers from all walks of the arts to come to UTM. Outside of touring, Sargent is dedicated to supporting artists and mentoring young musicians through masterclasses and production workshops.
Feb. 28, 2021
Chuck Leavell, keyboardist for the Rolling Stones, 3:00 p.m. Virtual Event, Admission - FREE
Chuck Leavell’s keyboard work has been heard on the works of Eric Clapton, the Rolling Stones, George Harrison, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Blues Traveler, Train, Martina McBride, John Mayer, David Gilmour and many other prominent artists. His association with the Stones began back in 1982 and is still going strong, having recently toured with the Stones on their No Filter tours of Europe and the US. He is heard on their most recent grammy-winning record, Blue and Lonesome, and has served as Musical Director for the Stones for more than 20 years.
Chuck can be seen and heard on the “David Gilmour: Live in Pompeii” CD and DVD released in 2017. He is also a ‘first call’ session musician, working in studios around the world.
Chuck is also an artist in his own right, with several successful solo CDs in circulation, the latest of which is “Chuck Gets Big” on BMG records, with a 17-piece Big Band.
He is the author of four books: Forever Green: The History and Hope of the American Forest; Between Rock and a Home Place (autobiography), The Tree Farmer (a children’s book); and his most recent is Growing A Better America, about “smart” growth. In Feb of 2012 Leavell received a Lifetime Achievement Grammy for his work with the Allman Brothers Band as well as an Honorary Ranger award from the US Forest Service. A conservationist, sustainable development advocate, and tech entrepreneur, Leavell co-founded The Mother Nature Network (now www.treehugger.com) in January of 2009. Treehugger is now the world’s most-visited website for environmental news, information and education. He is host of the TV program, “America’s Forests with Chuck Leavell”, on PBS. His documentary, “Chuck Leavell: The Tree Man” was released in late 2020 and has been called by many the best “Rockumentary” ever. He and his wife, Rose Lane Leavell, live on their 4000 acre award winning Tree Farm, Charlane Woods (www.charlane.com) in Bullard, Ga.
March 14, 2021
Raul Malo, 7:00 p.m. Virtual Event, Admission - FREE
RAUL MALO is the incomparable frontman of genre-defying, GRAMMY Award-winning band The Mavericks, and the sole writer of many of their songs. His free-wheeling, swaggering style seamlessly blends neotraditional country, rock ’n roll, and Latin rhythmic fervor, and prominently features his lush, soaring baritone. His compositional craftsmanship includes penning progressive and timeless hits like “Here Comes the Rain,” “What A Crying Shame”, “Dance The Night Away”, “Back In Your Arms Again”, and “All You Ever Do Is Bring Me Down.” From his earliest days, when his raucous sound broke ground at the punk clubs on Miami Beach nearly three decades ago, to now fronting The Mavericks on their 30th Anniversary World Tour, Malo has demonstrated an unfailing skill for getting people to groove.
Live From the Tent are drive-in live performances for a live audience. These performances will be open to the public and take place at the new tent performance venue located next to Pacer Pond. Instead of conventional seating, audiences will enjoy the performance from their vehicles like old-school drive-in movies. Sound will be both amplified and transmitted through FM radio into each car. Times and days for performances will vary throughout the semester and also as weather and University COVID-19 regulations dictate.
CulturEd Online is music, culture and education right at your fingertips. All programs will be released online on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. CDT each week on the UTM Music's Facbook page and YouTube channel. The variety and content will be diverse including some re-releases of our "Best Of" performances from the UTM Music Vault, faculty recitals, ensemble performances, UTM Sessions videos, student recitals, lecture recitals and masterclasses.
Until further notice all UTM Music on-campus workshops, conferences and recruiting events are postponed. Some select conferences may be offered in an online format and will be marketed accordingly.