Bassist Rodney Whitaker and Trumpeter Walter White join the CJO in a Mingus & Maynard program
Please join the CJO for a night of music that features works of the great bassist Charles Mingus and powerful trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, on May 30 at 7:30pm.
Charles Mingus’s work The Black Saint and The Sinner Lady will be presented in its entirety in a rare Chicago premiere. Rodney Whitaker, an internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, who has been featured on over 100 recordings, from film to compact discs, will be the featured bassist. Rodney is currently Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University, and is considered one of the leading performers and teachers of the jazz double bass in the United States.
The second half of the program is a Tribute to Maynard Ferguson, featuring trumpeter Walter White, who toured and recorded with Ferguson in the early 1990’s. Arrangements from Ferguson’s exciting early 60’s band, including works by Willie Maiden, J. J. Johnson and Slide Hampton will be performed. Walter’s playing has enhanced the soundtracks of records, movies and television, including popular shows such as Taxi and The Cosby Show. Additionally, Walter is active as an educator, teaching privately and holding master classes at music schools across the country and abroad.
Ticket prices are $30–$40 and can be purchased from chicagojazzorchestra.org, or at the door: Venue Six10 at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan, Chicago.
We look forward to seeing you there!