Jazz ensemble bids director farewell

DeKALB – The nationally renowned NIU Jazz Ensemble will bid farewell to director Ron Carter in a special concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom inside the Holmes Student Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University.

Carter, who is retiring from NIU, will host a pre-concert jam session for former students and friends at 6 p.m. in the Capitol Room at the Holmes Center and a post-concert jam session in the Regency Room after the concert. The concert and jam sessions are free and open to the public.

Special guest for this concert is Vincent Gardner, lead trombonist for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Gardner has released four albums on SteepleChase Records and also performs and records in a group with his brother, trumpeter Derrick Gardner.

Since June 1998, the Jazz Studies Program at NIU has been rated as one of the top 10 graduate jazz programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report. In addition, NIU Jazz Studies has won significant recognition from Downbeat Magazine’s Student Recognition Awards, capturing more than 10 Outstanding Performance Awards. Jazz bands from NIU have received Outstanding Performance Awards at several major jazz festivals, including the prestigious Notre Dame, Elmhurst and Eau Claire collegiate jazz festivals.

The concert is free, but ticketed. Single tickets will be available at the door. Large groups are encouraged to reserve blocks of tickets by calling Lynn Slater at 815-753-1546 or Carter at 815-753-0643.

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