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11th American Heritage Jazz Series
(Published: September 25, 2009)

Kat Ryan
(312) 369-6269

Carolyn McClair
(917) 686-0854


CHICAGO, August 17, 2009 - The Chicago Jazz Ensemble (The CJE) and Artistic Director Jon Faddis announce the 11th American Heritage Jazz Series highlighting the music of Benny Goodman, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong as well as contributions from Mr. Faddis' own songbook. Featuring special guests Buddy DeFranco, Victor Goines, David Sanchez, Steve Wilson, Alioune Faye, Baba Faye, Steve Turre and James Moody, the 2009 - 2010 season takes The CJE to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center.

The 11th American Heritage Jazz Series kicks off with Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz: The Benny Goodman Centennial Celebration on Thursday, September 3, at 6:30 pm at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. The CJE, with special guests NEA Jazz Master Buddy DeFranco, clarinet, and Victor Goines, clarinet, commemorate the centennial of Chicago's own "King of Swing," the legendary Benny Goodman featuring both classic charts and contemporary arrangements of Goodman's music, including works from The Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York's library, originally premiered at Carnegie Hall. The program features Mr. DeFranco - the Father of Bebop Clarinet - on big band charts. Mr. Goines premiers his composition, "Benny: Then, Now and Forever" (commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation with support from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation) with The CJE. The CJE's vocalist, Bobbi Wilsyn, will perform classic Goodman songs while The CJE showcases other Goodman favorites, which will feature The CJE's own Rob Denty on clarinet.

The Goodman celebration is a prelude to the Chicago Jazz Festival and concludes the 2009 Made in Chicago summer series, presented by the City of Chicago, the Jazz Institute of Chicago and Millennium Park.

One of the world's great jazz innovators, Steve Turre, joins Jon Faddis and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble for The Rhythm Within, an evening of outstanding music featuring Turre on trombone and shells, on Friday, October 2, at 7:30 pm at the DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to performing his own compositions, Turre will perform works by J. J. Johnson, recognized as one of the greatest jazz trombonists of all time.

Head to the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, on Thursday, December 10, at 7:30 pm to be a part of Honoring 1959: The Music of John Coltrane, Ornette Coleman and Miles Davis. Two of today's most creative young saxophonists, David Sanchez and Steve Wilson, join The CJE in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Coltrane's "Giant Steps," Coleman's "The Shape of Jazz to Come," and Davis' "Kind of Blue." In 1959, these extraordinary innovators released three of the most ground-breaking, adventurous and influential recordings in Jazz history. Don't miss this stellar tribute as Mr. Faddis takes the ensemble and special guests on an anniversary journey through the music that continues to shape the sound of today's jazz.

The 11th American Heritage Jazz Series continues with The Great Summit: The Music of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington on Friday, January 15, 2010 at 7:30 pm at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. The CJE performs Ellington favorites from The CJE's library and special Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York arrangements of Armstrong classics, including "What A Wonderful World," "Swing that Music," and "Stardust." The CJE's founder, William Russo, had a special relationship with Ellington. Mr. Faddis, who performed with Ellington, is a Yale University Duke Ellington Fellow and has presented the Duke's music around the world. This concert officially kicks off the third annual Louis Armstrong Legacy Program and Celebration (LALPC), Mr. Faddis' educational initiative for students in Chicago Public Schools.

Join The Chicago Jazz Ensemble at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance on Friday, March 5, 2010, at 7:30 pm for an exploration of Jazz: Past, Present and Future. Don't miss the American premier of Jon Faddis' "Teranga" compositions (from his critically-acclaimed album) arranged for big band by Michael Philip Mossman. The concert also features Slide Hampton's "Africa" (music commissioned in 2004-2005 by The CJE for Mr. Faddis' first season as Artistic Director) and arrangements by The CJE's founder, William Russo. Special guests on "Teranga" and "Africa" include Alioune Faye on djembe and Baba Faye on sabar. Dana Hall, The CJE's Music Director and drummer, also will be featured.

Get In the Mood for Moody and head to The Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center on Friday, April 16, 2010, and The DuSable Museum of African American History on Saturday, April 17, 2010, both at 7:30 pm. NEA Jazz Master and Grammy-nominee James Moody brings his saxophone and songs, including his trademark "Moody's Mood for Love," for an exciting evening with The Chicago Jazz Ensemble and long-time friend Jon Faddis. In addition, The CJE will present original Dizzy Gillespie charts from Mr. Faddis' own library and new arrangements of Mr. Moody's classics commissioned by The CJE.

The 11th American Heritage Jazz Series also includes pre-concert lectures and master classes with guest artists.

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble® is: JON FADDIS®, Artistic Director & trumpet; alto saxophones, DAN NICHOLSON and JARRARD HARRIS; tenor saxophones, PAT MALLINGER and ROB DENTY (also clarinet); baritone saxophone, TIM McNAMARA; trombones, AUDREY MORRISON, TIM COFFMAN, TRACY KIRK, and THOMAS MATTA; trumpets, MARK OLEN, LARRY BOWEN, ART HOYLE and PHAREZ WHITTED; piano, JEREMY KAHN; guitar, FRANK DAWSON; bass, DAN ANDERSON; Music Director & drums, DANA HALL; vocals, BOBBI WILSYN.

The Harris Theater for Music and Dance is located at 205 East Randolph on the southeast corner of Chicago's Millennium Park. Tickets for this series are $15 - $45, with discounts for senior citizens, students and groups. Tickets can be purchased at (312) 334-7777 or www.harristheaterchicago.com.

The Cindy Pritzker Auditorium at the Harold Washington Library Center is located at 400 South State Street in downtown Chicago. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com; for directions and other information, please visit www.chipublib.org.

The DuSable Museum of African American History is located at 740 East 56th Place in Hyde Park. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased online at www.ticketweb.com; for directions and other information, please visit www.dusablemuseum.org.

The CJE, in residence at Columbia College Chicago since 1965, is sponsored in part by Downbeat, Schilke Music Products, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Community Trust, Polk Bros Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, The Robert Pritzker Family Foundation and media sponsor WDCB/90.9 FM. Log on to www.chicagojazzensemble.com for more information on the 11th American Heritage Jazz Series or call (312) 369-6270.

For more information on Columbia College Chicago, visit www.colum.edu.

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