Above / At 8PM on Fri., Nov. 2, North Central College’s Jazz Series presents ‘An evening with trumpeter Art Davis’ at the Madden Theatre, located at 171 E. Chicago Ave., just steps from downtown Naperville. Think dinner and the show.

Art Davis

NAPERVILLE, Ill. (Oct. 15, 2018) — North Central College’s Jazz Faculty Concert Series continues at 8PM on Fri., Nov. 2, with “An evening with jazz trumpeter Art Davis.” The performance will be presented at the Madden Theatre, located in the North Central College Performing and Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville.   

The series features the nine members of the College’s highly esteemed Jazz Studies program in various combinations. Joining Davis will be saxophonist Mitch Paliga, trombonist Tim Coffman, pianist Chris White, bassist Kelly Sill and drummer Jack Mouse.

By popular demand, a new element has been added to the concert series. Following the concert, the audience is invited to ask the artists questions about the music they performed.

One of Chicago’s leading jazz trumpet artists, Davis has had a storied career, performing with many legendary artists. He has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, he has appeared with Joe Williams, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Nancy Wilson, Kurt Elling and Jimmy Heath, among others. He also performed and recorded with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Natalie Cole, Diane Schuur, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett.

Find the entrance to the Madden Theatre, an intimate 150-seat blackbox theatre, located along Chicago Ave.

A highly respected jazz educator, Davis has degrees in music education and musicology from the University of Illinois. As a graduate student, he specialized in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in African music. For more than 20 years, he has been mentored by master drummers Gideon Foli Alorwoyle and Abubakari Luna.

This season’s series is co-presented by Flashpoint Creative Arts. A new nonprofit organization, Flashpoint Creative Arts promotes improvisation as an essential life skill, not only in music and the arts but in everyday life.  Its mission is to present innovative artistic and educational experiences designed to draw people into the improvisatory process. 

Admission to the concert and Q&A that follows is $22 for adults and $17 for students and senior citizens. 

To purchase tickets, contact the Wentz Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or go online to www.northcentralcollege.edu/show.     

Story submitted by Jack Mouse, North Central College Jazz Studies, for North Central College.