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The Chicago Jazz Ensemble Ends Season With Chicago Symphony Orchestra

THE CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE®,

AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR JON FADDIS®,

CELEBRATE THE 10th AMERICAN HERITAGE JAZZ SERIES

IN SEASON FINALE WITH CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

AT SYMPHONY CENTER JUNE 5, 8:00 PM

CHICAGO, May 20, 2009 The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Faddis, concludes its 10th American Heritage Jazz Series on June 5 at 8 pm, when The CJE, with Regina Carter as special guest, takes the stage at Symphony Center for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s Echoes of Nations: Dvoøák Festival in a performance of Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington: "Black, Brown and Beige" and "The New Orleans Suite."

The CJE is dedicated to reviving and presenting the great works of Duke Ellington, who was mentored by Will Marion Cook, a student of Dvoøák.

MacArthur-Award winner Regina Carter combines outstanding technical proficiency with compositional and improvisational gifts to create a fresh, aggressive approach to the violin and her music. In her hands, the instrument reveals its melodic side and its potential for percussive expression. She coaxes her instrument to accomplish musical feats that listeners thought were impossible to do with the violin. Born in Detroit, her first musical influence was Motown R & B; however, she began studying classical violin and headed toward a career as a soloist in a major orchestra. Then she heard Jean Luc Ponty and her ear, mind and heart turned to jazz. Today Carter stands among the leading jazz disciples of violin.

Symphony Center is located at 220 South Michigan Avenue. For more information and tickets, which are $20 - $70, visit www.cso.org or call (312) 294-3000.

The Chicago Jazz EnsembleTM is: JON FADDIS, Artistic Director & trumpet; alto saxophones, DAN NICHOLSON and JARRARD HARRIS; tenor saxophones, PAT MALLINGER and ROB DENTY; baritone saxophone, BRIAN SJOERDINGA; trombones, AUDREY MORRISON, TIM COFFMAN, TRACY KIRK, and THOMAS MATTA; trumpets, MARK OLEN, LARRY BOWEN, ART HOYLE and PHAREZ WHITTED; guitar, FRANK DAWSON; bass, DAN ANDERSON; Music Director & drums, DANA HALL; vocals, BOBBI WILSYN.

The CJE, in residence at Columbia College Chicago, is sponsored in part by Downbeat, Schilke Music Products, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Community Trust, Polk Bros Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, The Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, The Sara Lee Foundation and media sponsor WDCB/90.9 FM. Log on to www.chicagojazzensemble.com for more information on the 10th American Heritage Jazz Series or call (312) 369-6270.

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