Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew to Perform December 2, 2004 at 1 pm in the Lobby of Baruch College's Vertical Campus

New York City: Baruch College (The City University of New York) will host "Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew" December 2, 2004, as part of the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert series, now in its 13th season.

Dikki Du and the Zydeco Crew








The performance will take place in the lobby of Baruch College's Vertical Campus at 55 Lexington Avenue. The concert begins at 1 p.m. It is free and open to the general public and Baruch students, faculty and administration.

This concert-organized by the Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives Committee-is funded by the Baruch College Performing Arts Center, The Baruch College Fund, and the Office of Student Development.

Dikki Du (a.k.a. Troy Carrier) was born in 1969 in Church Point, Louisiana. At the tender age of nine, Troy discovered his love for Zydeco music. He would gather after school with his brother Chubby, sister Elaine and father Roy to play Zydeco music. His father Roy Carrier would play accordion, his brother Chubby (of Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band) was always on the drums, which forced Troy to play the washboard. At the age of twelve Troy moved to a little place called "Lawtell" where his father owned the Offshore Lounge. Troy played washboard for his father on local gigs, then later joined forces with the great C.J. Chenier for two years. Troy's brother Chubby Carrier then started a family band and offered Troy a job playing the drums, along with their cousin Kevin Carrier on washboard. They toured in the United States, plus Belgium, Greece, Holland, and Canada.

Troy toured with his brother from the late 80s until the 90s, when he returned home to pick up the accordion. Troy has been playing the Triple Note Accordion for many years after taking lesson from Roy and Chubby. Now he is doing his "own thang," the title of his first recording "Doing My Thang." His most recent offering, "Make It Funky" shows the tremendous range of Troy and his band.

The inaugural Milt Hinton Jazz Perspectives concert in 1992 starred jazz bassist Milt Hinton himself together with his picks for an "All-Star" ensemble: Seldon Powell (saxophonist), Bob Rosengarden (Drums), Mike Walters (saxophone and woodwinds), Derek Smith (piano), Jay D'Amico (piano), Mike Grey (trombone), and John "Bucky" Pizzarelli (guitar). This magical first concert saw famed trumpeter Wynton Marsalis join the group during the second half.

The following year Tito Puente and his big band also played to a full house with some students and faculty dancing in the aisles. In 1994 the concert was billed as a "Tribute to Women in Jazz" and featured a performance by singer Ruth Brown and Friends and the group Straight Ahead. In 1995 trombonist extraordinaire Slide Hampton and the Big Band Bird filled the bill for the fourth annual concert.

In 1996 America's jazz statesman Dr. Billy Taylor and the Billy Taylor Trio graced the Baruch College stage. In 1997 Jerry Gonzalez and the Fort Apache Band gave a performance that offered a unique blend of Latin and jazz traditions. The 1998 concert presented virtuoso drummer Sherrie Maricle and the Diva Big Band.

The world famous Mingus Big Band played at the 8th annual concert in 1999. The Bronx Horns, consisting of Tito Puente's brass section, together with Dave Valentin (flute) and Randy Brecker (trumpet), performed at the 9th annual concert in 2000. In 2001, The Heath Brothers ("Percy, Jimmy, and Tootie") with special guest Jimmy Owens, performed at the 10th annual concert.

In 2002 (season #11) the Hinton Committee expanded its offerings with a series of concerts, including a November 6, 2002 concert featuring "The Latin-Jazz All Stars" with several world-renown Latin-jazz musicians: trumpeter/leader Michael Mossman, tenor saxophonist David Sanchez, trombonist Steve Turre, pianist Arturo O'Farrill, alto saxophonist Antonio Hart, bassist Andy Gonzalez, and percussionist Phoenix Rivera. The 2002-2003 season also featured the Marty Sheller Big Band, Chris Washburne's SYOTOS Latin-Jazz ensemble, and "Rumbamerica," an Afro-Cuban ensemble made up of some of New York's top Afro-Cuban drummers, singers, and dancers.

The 2003-2004 season featured the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, the "Sax in the City" quartet, the Ted Piltzecker Septet, and the Roberta Piket Trio.

As in the last two years, the Hinton committee has organized a series of concerts starting with the November 4, 2004 Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra performance. Two other concerts are planned for February 10 and March 10, 2005 (artists TBA).

For further information contact:
Eugene Marlow, Baruch College

The City University of New York