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Northwestern Jazz Concerts Add Sizzle to Winter Feb. 18 to March 10

Events include performance by Steve Davis and music of Horace Silver and Richard Rodgers

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February 3, 2010 | by Judy Moore
EVANSTON, Ill. --- The improvisations of guest jazz trombonist Steve Davis, Horace Silver's spirited compositions, and the legendary music of Richard Rodgers are the focus of three winter programs that should lure Chicago area jazz fans to Northwestern University's Evanston campus on even the chilliest of nights.

All three jazz ensemble concerts, presented by Northwestern's Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music, will be conducted by Victor Goines, the Bienen School's director of jazz studies and a specialist in jazz clarinet and saxophone. Goines has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and the Wynton Marsalis Septet since 1993. He has collaborated with artists Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Bo Diddley, Bob Dylan, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, B.B. King, Lenny Kravitz, Diana Ross and Stevie Wonder.

The following ticketed jazz events are open to the public and will be held at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive, or Regenstein Recital Hall, 60 Arts Circle Drive, as noted.

Guest trombonist Steve Davis, widely regarded as one of today's leading improvisers, will join the Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra on stage at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, in Pick-Staiger Concert Hall. Davis first won widespread recognition for his lyrical, hard-swinging style in the 1990s with the bands of jazz legends Art Blakey and Jackie McLean and Chick Corea's Origin. Davis was the 1998 winner of Downbeat magazine's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.

A small jazz ensemble concert devoted to the jazz compositions of Horace Silver will take place at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, in Regenstein Recital Hall. An American jazz pianist and composer, Silver is known for his humorous and funky playing style and for his pioneering compositional contributions to hard bop. Born in 1928, Silver is influenced by the music of Cape Verde, gospel, African and Latin American music and soul jazz. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for full-time students with IDs.
 
Richard Rodgers' enduring works will be featured during a small jazz ensemble concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 10, in Regenstein Recital Hall. One of the most successful and celebrated composers of the 20th century, Rodgers wrote music for more than 900 songs and 43 Broadway musicals. "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady Is a Tramp" are among his jazz standards. His partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II resulted in dozens of hit musicals for the stage and screen. In 1943, Rodgers teamed with Hammerstein to write the box office smash "Oklahoma!" Rodgers and Hammerstein went on to write the classic musicals "Carousel," "South Pacific," "The King and I" and "The Sound of Music," all of which were adapted for film. Tickets are $7 for the general public; $5 for senior citizens and Northwestern faculty and staff; and $4 for students with valid IDs.

For more information, call the Pick-Staiger Concert Office at (847) 491-5441 or visit the Pick-Staiger website at www.pickstaiger.org. To order tickets by phone, call the Pick-Staiger Ticket Office at (847) 467-4000.