Legendary jazz icon Dizzy Gillespie (photo by Associated Press).
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
This spring, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of Jeff Lindberg, will celebrate the centennial of Dizzy Gillespie with "Definitively Dizzy," a live concert celebrating one of the greatest jazz trumpeters of all time.
Internationally known guest artists for the concert include two-time Grammy winner Roy Hargrove, one of the most innovative trumpeters in the world and a frequent performer at Chicago's Jazz Showcase; Marquis Hill, a rising young jazz star and winner of the 2014 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition, in a return to his hometown of Chicago; and Walter White, a powerhouse player from Detroit.
The CJO will present an exciting and explosive celebration of Dizzy Gillespie's 100th year, focusing on his formidable big band repertoire. The performance will include such Gillespie classics as 'Salt Peanuts,' 'Manteca,' 'Groovin' High,' 'A Night In Tunisia,' 'Round Midnight' and many more.
"We're thrilled to be one of first music ensembles to perform in the Fine Art's Building's recently refurbished Studebaker Theater," said Travis Rosenthal, executive director. "The Studebaker is truly a hidden gem, and the ideal setting for a musical salute to one of the jazz greats of all time."
Founded in 1978, the 17-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra is Chicago's oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country.
For more information or for tickets, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org or call (312) 753-3210.