Jazz Institute of Chicago

Benny Goodman Centennial Celebration with Jon Faddis & Columbia College Chicago’s Chicago Jazz Ensemble

In a tribute that will have your toes tapping, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Jon Faddis (pictured), premieres a new piece composed and conducted by special guest Victor Goines honoring the man who put the swing in that thing-Chicago jazz legend Benny Goodman.  To commemorate the centennial of Chicago's own "King of Swing," The Chicago Jazz Ensemble performs both classic and contemporary arrangements of Goodman's music.  This evening's program features special guest NEA Jazz Master Buddy DeFranco - the "Father of BeBop Clarinet."  Goines will also premiere his composition "Benny: Then, Now and Forever," commissioned by The ASCAP Foundation with support from The Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation.
Special panel: Earlier that day from noon to 1:30 pm, the Chicago Cultural Center hosts a panel "Benny Goodman: The First American Idol?" in the Claudia Cassidy Theater.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Jazz journalist John McDonough raises the question of whether or not Goodman's role in popularizing jazz helped to create the superstar system in American music.  Panelists include UIC Music Professor Emeritus Richard Wang and Goodman's long time friend Martin Segal. Members of the Goodman family will also be present.

Thursday, September 3, 2009 - 7:30pm
This is a Free event.


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