Concert Features Music of Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Grant Green, J.J. Johnson and Bill Evans, Original Compositions and More

College of DuPage (COD) student musicians are featured in the 19th Annual Student Jazz Showcase at the McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.), Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m.

The entertaining program will feature original arrangements of jazz classics by Horace Silver, Duke Ellington, Grant Green, J.J. Johnson and Bill Evans, plus original compositions “Pent’onic Madness” by student Trevor Hill and student Billie Strauss’ jazz treatment of Beethoven’s “Variations on the Theme of Judas Maccabeus.”

The student musicians are all from the 16-week Small Group Jazz Ensemble class taught by College of DuPage Music Professor Tom Tallman, which includes students of all ages and musical abilities and teaches them the fundamentals of jazz performance. “The most unique and special thing about this class,” shares Tallman, “is that it brings together young performers in their teens and early 20s as well as students ages 40+ who are returning to music after many years or who simply seek an artistic outlet in their lives. We have everyone from music majors to students pursuing unrelated degrees to former professional musicians in the class this year, which makes for exciting musical collaborations.”

At COD, Tallman teaches courses in music theory, aural skills and American music. He is also the leader of the jazz performance program, which includes five ensembles ranging from small jazz groups to expanded big band. In addition,

he maintains an active schedule of secular and sacred musical performance in the Chicago area. He holds Masters and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Trumpet Performance from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Augustana College in Rock Island, Ill.


College of DuPage presents the 19th Annual Student Jazz Showcase, Friday, May 8 at 8 p.m. at the McAninch Arts Center on the College of DuPage’s campus (425 Fawell Blvd.). Tickets cost $4. For information, call the box office at 630.942.4000 or visit

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 186-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at or on twitter at

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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