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Chicago Jazz Orchestra presents The Grand Wazoo and Other Delights: A Tribute to Frank Zappa 12/29 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Just days after Frank Zappa’s 72nd birthday, Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra presents an adventurous tribute to this great American musical genius. The show will feature the 15 piece CJO along with saxophonist Ernie Watts, who was in Zappa’s band for the original recording of The Grand Wazoo, electric violinist Mark Wood(Trans-Siberian Orchestra), and electric bassist Dave Morgan, who created the arrangements for this show.  Saturday December 29th  at 7:30 p.m. at Park West Chicago.


When Jeff Lindberg and the late trumpeter Steve Jensen created the Jazz Members Big Band in 1978, they never dreamed that their ensemble would grow from a North-side rehearsal band into a world- class jazz orchestra. Now renamed the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, this group enters its 33rd year with a résume ́ that ranks them with the greatest of artistic institutions in Chicago.

The CJO, Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, has performed 23 straight years at The Kennedy Center Honors, and its twelve-year concert series is the longest-running jazz orchestra concert series in Chicago. The group has also toured Italy, Spain, Sweden, and Denmark. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is a genuine American success story. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra grew out of the streets of Chicago to become one of the world’s best professional jazz orchestras, highly regarded by the finest musicians in the field.

The CJO’s compact disc, Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music, 2004),has received widespread critical acclaim, including a nomination as “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalist’s Association, and a rare “Five Star” rating by Down Beat magazine, which also named it one of the top recordings of the previous decade. In addition, it also made the annual “top CDs” lists of Jazz at Lincoln Center, Jazz Times, and Jazz Education Journal.

For more than 30 years, the CJOA has been at the forefront of presenting performances of classic American jazz orchestra repertoire to diverse Illinois audiences through reasonably priced programs held at a variety of venues. Always looking for new challenges – both in repertoire and stylistic choices – Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg has infused the Orchestra with a spirit of versatility that has made the group a favorite performer not only in jazz venues, but also in concert settings, receptions, and dances – just about anywhere that exceptional big band music can be presented. Audiences have the opportunity to hear unique musical arrangements transcribed by the CJO, and because the Orchestra will have its own transcriptions of the original recordings, much of the music presented in these concerts cannot be heard anywhere else.

Park West is located at 322 West Armitage, Chicago. For tickets visit: http://event.etix.com/ticket/online/frontDoor.jsp?performance_id=1676405&cobrand=jamusa



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