SuperJazz Big Band
SuperJazz was founded by Charles Ard, Mallory Pierce, Sonny Harris and Lawler at Boutwell Studios in 1978. Soon the group was adopted by the music department at UAB and became UAB SuperJazz, the first performing musical ensemble ever associated with UAB. After a 20+ year association with the university, that tie was severed and John Carroll Catholic High School became the group's home base. Beginning in September 2007, the group moved to Samford University, and now presents concerts four times a year at the Brock Recital Hall.
SuperJazz has remained a very popular jazz orchestra in the Birmingham metro area for more than 30 years. It performed at the first and last City Stages festivals in 1989 and 2009. The group has performed with many notable jazz artists, including saxophonist Ernie Watts, saxophonist Lou Marini, trumpeter Lew Soloff, vibrophonist / drummer Chuck Redd, trombonist Andy Martin and pianist Ellis Marsalis. The SuperJazz Big Band has spawned a number of spin-off groups, including the Magic City Jazz Orchestra and the Night Flight Big Band.
- Robbins, Linda (June 20, 2009) "City Stages 2009: SuperJazz review." The Birmingham News