In 2012, Professor Cristina Miranda and Dr. Ed Anderson initiated a musical cultural exchange project to explore and celebrate the important narrative of the African diaspora and how it has so greatly defined popular musical culture throughout the Americas. Over the past several years we have successfully presented jazz performances, lectures, and workshops in several Brazilian and U.S. cities including; Sao Luis, Bacabal, Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro, New Orleans, and Houston. Our mission is to expand to increase student participation on both continents. Dr. Edward Anderson holds a broad range of professional experience as a musician. Trained in both jazz performance and classical composition, he’s studied with diverse masters most notably Ellis Marsalis, Victor Goines, Maria Schneider, and classical composer Dinos Constantinides.
Professor Cristina Miranda
As a member of the National Advisory for the promotion of Racial Equality-CNPIR, Critina also represents the collective of Black Entities-CEN (2010/2012). She's also the project coordinator of Cultural Exchange "Of France Équinoxiale to the land of Jazz" in New Orleans (2012), a partnership of the Government of the State of Maranhão and the University of New Orleans and Coordinator of "Creole Connections, an initiative of the school of Music Almir Garcez Assai and Sao Luis School of Music. Ms. Mirianda also holds a degree in English and is a post graduate of Public Policies for gender and race. She is also holds a certificate in the Management and Development of Cultural projects and works as a Technical Consultant on Socio-Cultural Projects.
Darryl Levigne, Master Pianist
Actually a late bloomer, Lavigne’s jazz focus did not materialize until his late teens, where he studied as a composition major at Xavier University of New Orleans under the tutelage of composer Roger Dickerson. Darrell’s talents quickly developed and soon became one of the most sought after pianist locally and internationally. Lavigne also recorded Grammy-award winning trumpeter, Chris Botti, Donald Harrison and our own Dr. Ed Anderson. He has been a faculty member of the Louis Armstrong Summer Jazz Camp since 2000 and has performed numerous jazz awareness and Arts in Education Workshops.