Concert & Panel Discussion
The concert at 8 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, features the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble conducted by Scott Hall, with three special guest artists: master saxophonist Lee Konitz; composer and trumpeter Orbert Davis, founder/director of the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic; and blues harmonica virtuoso Corky Siegel (Siegel-Schwall Band, Chamber Blues), all long-time Russo collaborators. Admission to the concert is $50. Proceeds benefit the William Russo Endowed Scholarship at Columbia College Chicago, which provides financial assistance for music students in their professional studies. The admission includes a pre-concert reception at 6 p.m. at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago. A second set with the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble at 10 p.m. costs $20. For concert tickets please call 312-369-8330 or visit the online ticket page.
Co-founded in 1999 by Russo and Scott Hall, Director of Jazz Studies at the Columbia College Chicago Music Department, the Columbia College Jazz Ensemble is a diverse team of students creating dynamic big band music throughout the Columbia College Chicago campus and the Chicago area. Its performances in the Chicago area and Europe have allowed it to be recognized as one of the foremost college jazz ensembles in the Midwest. CCJE has performed in concert with some of the most celebrated artists in jazz, including Terence Blanchard, Barry Harris, Wycliffe Gordon, Bob Mintzer, Peter Erskine, Christian McBride, Benny Golson, Jeremy Pelt, and Dave Douglas.
The free afternoon panel discussion will be moderated by Columbia College Chicago Senior Lecturers Scott Hall (Jazz Studies Director, Music Department) and Albert Williams (Musical Theatre Program Co-Coordinator, Theatre Department) and Norman Alexandroff, Director of Internal and External Partnerships for the Dean of Students. Panelists include musicians Orbert Davis and Corky Siegel, actress Kate Buddeke, journalists Don Rose and Ron Dorfman, and author/educator Louis Silverstein.
The conversations will feature noted musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, filmmakers, critics, and educators reflecting on Russo’s career as a composer in the areas of jazz, symphonic music, opera, dance, cinema, and music theatre, and on his crucial role in the development of Columbia College and the college’s Music Department. Audio and video excerpts from Russo’s music (including live performances) will also be presented.
“Celebrating William Russo marks the 10th anniversary of Bill Russo's passing by exploring the richness of his life as an artist and educator,” says Richard Dunscomb, chair of the Music Department at Columbia College Chicago. “Bill Russo founded the Columbia College music program in 1965. He believed in an educational program that developed professional skills and craft grounded in the context of broad cultural awareness of the arts and humanities.”
Images courtesy of Columbia College Chicago Archives, Lee Konitz and Corky Siegel. Lee Konitz photograph by Bob Travis.
Columbia College Chicago is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, charitable and educational organization. Fair Market Value per ticket is $20. Any additional amount of your ticket purchase(s) is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.