DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble

DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble

Director Matt Shevitz

Guest Artist Melissa Aldana (saxophone)

Artists-in-Residence Anthony Bruno(saxophone), Catie Hickey (trombone), James Davis (trumpet), Kevin Fort (piano)

DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble led by director Matt Shevitz, welcomes saxophonist Melissa Aldana performing her compositions along with works by Debussy, Ellington, Monk, Chick Corea and more!

Aldana is from South America, and in 2013 was the first female instrumentalist at the age of 24 to win the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition. Grammy nominated, Aldana was recently appointed to the faculty of the New England Conservatory’s Jazz Studies Department.

Performance Program

DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble performs dances and concert programs during the academic year as well as numerous off-campus performances. Its repertoire spans more than a century of large jazz ensemble compositions, including original work from members of the ensemble. The ensemble is a frequent presence at the Elmhurst College Jazz Festival, has performance at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, and in 2004 was recognized by the United States House of Representatives for its work on behalf of the Armed Forces Children’s Education Fund. Music 1181, Community Jazz Ensemble, is a course at COD open to any musician interested in the American musical performance tradition.

About the Director: Matt Shevitz is an in-demand musician in the jazz, blues, and popular music scenes of Chicago area. He has performed alongside such internationally renowned jazz musicians as Dick Hyman, Ignacio Berroa, Howard Levy, Frank Capp, and Frank Wess along with blues/roots rock guitarist Eric Lindell and Ropeadope Records artists Spare Parts. Shevitz has performed at Jazz in the Park Festival (Milwaukee), Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland), Chicago Blues Festival, Lollapalooza and House of Blues in Chicago.  Matt is a contributor to DownBeat Magazine since 2009 with articles analyzing transcriptions of great jazz solos as well as jazz theory and effective practice habits. Matt is a professor and the Director of Jazz Ensembles at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance degree from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern Univ. and a Bachelor of Science in Music from the Univ. of Oregon.