Noted jazz trombonist kicks off UIC jazz festival to open concert season

Premier jazz trombonist Robin Eubanks will perform with the UIC Jazz Ensemble in the evening concert of the annual UIC High School Jazz Festival — the first of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s 2015 evening concerts.


Wednesday, Feb. 18 at 7 p.m.


UIC Student Center East
750 S. Halsted St.


Eubanks has recorded seven albums of his original music. He has collaborated with B.B. King, the Rolling Stones, Talking Heads, Art Blakey, Sun Ra, Barbra Streisand, McCoy Tyner, Grover Washington, the Mingus Big Band,  Elvin Jones and Eddie Palmieri. He won Grammy Awards for his performances on Michael Brecker’s “Wide Angles” and Dave Holland’s “What Goes Around.”

He regularly performs with his two groups, EB3 and Mental Images, and with the critically acclaimed Dave Holland Quintet and Big Band, of which he was an original member.

Tickets are $10, or $7 for students and seniors at the door or online. For more information, call the box office at (312) 996-2939.


Evening music performances are pay-what-you-can. Audience members are asked to make a donation of $10, or $5 for students and seniors.

“Lovers Love the Spring”
Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.
Notre Dame Church
1334 W Flournoy St.
Through a captivating array of romantic chamber works from Pachelbel to contemporary songs, the UIC Choirs & Orchestra explore the voice of lovelorn composers through the ages. Michael J. Anderson, Andrew Lewis and Javier Jose Mendoza conduct.

“No Turning Back”
Wednesday, March 4 at 7:30 p.m.
UIC Theatre
1044 W Harrison St.
The UIC University Band performs music by Chance, Mackey, Williams, and McBeth. Nicholas Carlson conducts.

“Greetings from Vienna”
Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.
UIC Theatre
1044 W Harrison St.
The UIC Orchestra performs works by Brahms, Haydn, Mozart and Schreker. Javier Jose Mendoza conducts.

“The System Isn’t Working Anymore”
Saturday, March 7 at 7:30 p.m.
UIC Theatre
1044 W. Harrison St.
“Blow it up, Start Again” (Newman), “Spoon River” (Grainger), and “Symphonic Dances from West Side Story” (Bernstein) are just a few of the distinctive works in this colorful performance. Jose Oliver Riojas conducts the UIC Wind Ensemble.

Jazz at Jaks
April 21 at 7 p.m.
Jaks Tap
901 W Jackson Blvd.
UIC’s stellar jazz combos play at a friendly neighborhood hotspot.

“Thick mists hid…a few shattered pines”
Friday, April 24
Logan Center for the Arts
915 W. 60th St.
With an atmospheric program of music from Vaughan Williams to Respighi, the UIC Wind Ensemble, Orchestra and University Band celebrate a grand finale to the academic year. Conducted by Jose Oliver Riojas, Javier Jose Mendoza and Nicholas Carlson.

Great American Songbook
Monday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.
UIC Theatre
1044 W. Harrison St.
Showcasing its graduating seniors as soloists, the UIC Jazz Ensemble, directed by Andy Baker, offers its own twists on a selection of classic jazz literature. The Jazz Workshop, directed by Chris Madsen, opens the concert.

Choral Masterworks
Thursday, April 30 at 7:30 p.m.
St Francis of Assisi
813 W. Roosevelt Road
The UIC Choirs are joined by a professional chamber orchestra, the Janus Ensemble, to perform Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Haydn’s Missa pro Defunctis. Conducted by Michael J. Anderson and Andrew Lewis.

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