DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble
Friday, May 12, 7:30p
Belushi Performance Hall
Join the DuPage Community Jazz Ensemble for an unforgettable night as it is joined by legendary trombonist Wycliffe Gordon and artists-in-residence Greg Dudzienski, Steve Duncan, Chad McCullough and Anthony Florez.
Gordon, an internationally renowned performer, is a former member of the Wynton Marsalis Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He also has been a featured guest artist on Billy Taylor’s “Jazz at the Kennedy Center” series. In 2022, the Jazz Journalists Association named Gordon “Trombonist of the Year” for the unprecedented 15th time. He also has received the “Best Trombone” award in DownBeat magazine’s critics poll on numerous occasions. In 2019, Gordon was presented the “Sonny Award” by the Suncoast Jazz Festival for his commitment to education, and he received the coveted “Louie Award,” presented by the Louis Armstrong Museum, for his dedication and commitment to the music of Louis Armstrong.
4:30 to 5:45 p.m. – Master Class with Wycliffe Gordon (open to public) – MAC Room 138
7:30 p.m. – Concert
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.Program
Digital program can be found here: https://audienceaccess.co/show/MAC-7869
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