Jazz Christmas

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Willie Pickens has made many appearances at the Chicago Jazz Festival and has performed with Quincy Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Elvin Jones, James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Eddie Harris, Louis Bellson, Bunky Green and Red Holloway. Pickens began his career on a national hit record, Eddie Harris’ 1961 Exodus, has taught and mentored generations of jazz students, and remains one of Chicago’s most in-demand pianists. Willie will be joined by the two other members of his trio: Larry Gray on bass and Robert Shy on drums.

Jon Faddis is a jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator. Shortly after his 18th birthday, Faddis joined Lionel Hampton’s big band and then worked as lead trumpet for the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra at the Village Vanguard, formed his own quartet, and soon began directing big band orchestras, including the Grammy-winning United Nation Orchestra, the Dizzy Gillespie 70th Birthday Big Band, the Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Stars, and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Faddis currently directs the Jon Faddis Jazz Orchestra of New York and the Chicago Jazz Ensemble.

Gregory Tardy studied classical clarinet as a child and later switched to tenor saxophone, encountering along the way Ellis Marsalis who became tutor and mentor. In New Orlenas, Tardy recorded his first solo project, Crazy Love (1992), and played with the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine. In New York, he has performed and recorded with an extremely large array of prominent artists including: Tom Harrell, Dave Douglas, Wynton Marsalis, Jay McShann, Steve Coleman, Betty Carter, James Moody, Bill Frisell, Rashied Ali , and John Patitucci. Tardy teaches at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, and recent projects include The Strongest Love and Monuments.

Milton Suggs is a Chicago based singer, songwriter, composer, and arranger. Suggs started out as a pianist, and he was still concentrating on piano as a graduate student at DePaul University when, the story goes, visitor Wynton Marsalis heard him sing and encouraged him to keep at it. Suggs took his advice, and is he ever glad he did. At 29, with two albums under his belt, he has joined up-and-comers such as Gregory Porter and Jose James in livening up jazz’s long-stagnant male vocal category.

Centers for New Horizons
Founded in 1971, Centers for New Horizons is a nonprofit organization that enables children, youth, and families to become self-reliant, through programs in five locations in the Bronzeville and Riverdale communities on the South Side of Chicago. New Horizons has educated over 20,000 young children; encouraged thousands of children and youth to stay in and achieve in school; provided community leadership that has generated over $500MM in capital investment in Bronzeville; provided job training and placement for thousands of parents and others; supported hundreds of fragile families and seniors; created new opportunities for resident leadership and participation; and provided leadership in citywide coalitions to improve our public schools, ameliorate poverty, increase the supply and the quality of early childhood education, and provide quality affordable housing for low income families.

Purchase Tickets
You may purchase tickets by calling the Church Office at 773.363.6063 or online through PayPal (below). Concert Tickets and Reception Tickets will also be available at the door, as well as Jazz Christmas CDs. All proceeds benefit Centers for New Horizons.

$40 – Concert Ticket
$50 – Concert Ticket + Reception with Artists

PayPal is a safe and secure way to pay online with a Credit Card or Bank Account. When you check-out, please change the quantity to purchase more than one ticket. We will mail out all orders received by December 5th. After that, tickets will be available at Will Call or in the Church Office.

Special Thanks to WDCB Public Radio for media support.