Date:   3/24/2012

The joint will be jumpin' with award-winning DePaul Jazz ensemble

The DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, along with special guest, premier jazz drummer Jeff Hamilton, performs at the historic Thrasher Opera House on March 24 at 7:30 p.m.  

The award-winning ensemble performs several times throughout the year both on and off campus, including at Chicagoís premier jazz club, Joe and Wayne Segalís Jazz Showcase.  Directed by Bob Lark the Jazz Ensemble has also appeared at several clinics & conferences, the Jazz Party At Sea aboard the S.S. Norwegian Sun, twice aboard the Queen Elizabeth II ocean liner for their Annual Floating Jazz Festival, and a concert tour of Italy.

Hamilton's distinguished career includes performances and nearly 200 recordings with distinguished jazz artists including Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, Ella Fitzgerald, Rosemary Clooney, Diana Krall, Monty Alexander, Oscar Peterson, Gene Harris, the Count Basie Orchestra, and bassist Ray Brown. Hamilton, who along with John Clayton, leads the acclaimed Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, is also co-owner of Bosphorus Cymbals.

An annual recording project by the Jazz Ensemble featuring student, faculty, and commissioned works occurs each spring. These recordings have produced a number of awards from the Jazz Educatorís Journal, DownBeat, and JazzTimes magazines.

This program is supported in part by grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional sponsorship support is provided by Kelly Mouthpieces and Christiano's Pizza.

 

Adult tickets for this special evening of entertainment are only $18 (or $12 for students) and available at the Thrasher office, Knowledge Emporium, Green Lake Bank (Green Lake); Pick Ní Save, Ripon Drug (Ripon); Twister (Princeton) or by calling (920) 294-4279, or online at www.thrasheroperahouse.com. A special 20% group discount is available for tickets purchased in quantities of 25 or more.

 

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