October 18, 2012

A Tribute to Miles Davis at the Driehaus Museum

Like the mansion and the collection that is housed in the Driehaus Museum, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra has a long, impressive, and artistic history. The same could be said for Miles Davis, one of the greatest jazz musicians of all time. On Thursday, November 8, join a talented trio of Chicago Jazz Orchestra musicians in paying tribute to Davis in the Driehaus Museum’s historic ballroom.

The performers—featuring Art Davis on trumpet and flugelhorn, Pete Benson on piano, and Dennis Carroll on bass—will focus on Davis in the mid- to late-1950s, when his music was synonymous with “cool” and his recordings of American Songbook standards regularly topped the jazz charts.

“The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is proud to present this incredible trio of artists in the magnificent Driehaus Museum,” says Travis Rosenthal, executive director of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra. “This combination of two of America’s most storied art forms—jazz and architecture—will create a listening experience that is second to none in Chicago.”

The performance will commence at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, 2012. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $35. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please visit DriehausMuseum.org or call 312 482 8933, ext. 21.

About the Performers
Art Davis, one of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, is currently a professor of jazz studies at Northern Illinois University, where he has been teaching for 10 years. As a performer, he has had a rich and varied career. He toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney; and performed with many other notable artists, such as Sammy Davis, Jr., Tony Bennett, Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole, and Michael Feinstein.

Pete Benson is one of Chicago’s premiere Hammond B3 jazz organists. He also plays piano as a member of the band Sabertooth, which is currently celebrating 20 years as a Saturday night staple at Chicago’s legendary jazz club, the Green Mill.

Dennis Carroll began playing the bass at age 17 out of Poplar Grove, Illinois. He was taught by Mike Barnett, the great bassist, and has performed with artists such as Bobby Broom, Ron Blake, Ira Sullivan, and Russ Long.

About the Chicago Jazz Orchestra Organization
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra was founded in 1978 as the Jazz Members Big Band by Jeff Lindberg and the late Steve Jensen. Composed of Chicago’s top musicians, the CJO is Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz orchestras in the country.

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