NIU Jazz Ensemble to perform April 11

Photo of a trumpetThe legendary NIU Jazz Ensemble, directed by Board of Trustees Professor Ronald Carter, will perform its Spring Jazz Concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 11.

The concert, which takes place in the Duke Ellington Ballroom, is free and open to the public.

Trumpeter Sean Jones is the featured guest.

Born in Warren, Ohio, in 1978, Jones began playing trumpet in the fifth grade, and by high school had developed a strong interest in jazz, especially the music of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis.

Gigs at local jazz clubs and performances with the Cleveland Jazz Orchestra followed, and Jones ultimately earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Youngstown State University. He later earned a master’s degree from Rutgers University.

Since that time, Jones has performed with a variety of top musicians, including Joe Lovano and Frank Foster. He is also a member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra and a professor at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

For more information, or to reserve seating, contact Lynn Slater at lslater@niu.edu.

NIU Jazz Ensemble

NIU Jazz Ensemble

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