The Chicago Jazz Ensemble Holds Benny Goodman Celebration: Jon Faddis to host with featured artist Paquito D’Rivera

Benny Goodman Celebration
Dec. 12th, 2008
(8:00 pm)
Harris Theater
Chicago, IL

Whenever multi-Grammy Award winner and NEA Jazz Master Paquito D’Rivera hits the stage, you can be sure you’re hearing the best in Swing and Latin Jazz! Celebrate the holiday season when Jon Faddis and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble (The CJE) present the 10th American Heritage Jazz Series featuring Paquito D’Rivera and The Chicago Jazz Ensemble: Commemorating Goodman, Celebrating Swing & Latin Jazz, on Friday, December 12, 2008, at 8:00 pm at the Harris Theater, 205 East Randolph, Chicago.

In addition, Faddis and music aficionado, writer and broadcaster Neil Tesser will present a pre-concert conversation about the evening’s performance at 7:20 pm.

More informaition about the 10th American Heritage Jazz Series can be found at

Faddis recorded with Benny Goodman in a big band session in New York in the 1970s; however, the recording has yet to be released. In 1992, he presented a concert honoring Benny Goodman at Carnegie Hall with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Of Benny Goodman, Faddis says:

“There is so much to commemorate with Goodman, not the least
of which is the 1938 Carnegie Hall concert which marked the first
time the bandstand was integrated. It was absolutely brave and
remarkable – to prioritize artistry and to respect musicians, whatever
their race, above whatever prejudice and social pressures exist.
That’s deeply admirable. Second, the concert represented the first
real moment when jazz was presented at Carnegie Hall. Third, the
night was a tremendous success, changing the way audiences both
heard and saw jazz, and what can be achieved.”

About Paquito D’Rivera:

Born on the island of Cuba, Paquito D’Rivera began his career as a child prodigy. A restless musical genius during his teen years, he created various original and ground-breaking musical ensembles. As a founding member of the Orquesta Cubana de Musica Moderna, he directed that group for two years, while at the same time playing both the clarinet and saxophone with the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. He eventually went on to premiere several works by notable Cuban composers with the same orchestra.

Additionally, he was a founding member and co-director of the innovative musical ensemble Irakere. With its explosive mixture of jazz, rock, classical and traditional Cuban music never before heard, Irakere toured extensively throughout America and Europe, won several Grammy nominations (1979, 1980) and took home a Grammy in 1979.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for the series range from $15 – $45.
-10% discount for senior citizens
-20% discount for groups of 10 or more

Tickets can be purchased by phone: (312) 369-6600, (312) 334-7777
or online at

Harris Theater
205 East Randolph
Chicago, IL
(312) 369-6600

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