Bienen Ensembles

Jazz Small Ensembles

The Music of George Wein’s Young Lions

Monday, January 31, 2022 at 7:30pm CST

McClintock Choral and Recital Room

Darius Hampton and Kevin Fort, conductors 

Arguably one of the greatest promoters of jazz festivals and music around the world, George Wein left a mark on jazz history via the young artists known as “young lions.” Throughout his life as a promoter, he used his vision to identify the finest young musicians in jazz and present their talents for the world to hear and enjoy. In the 1980s and 1990s, that roll call of young lions included such future jazz greats as Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Terence Blanchard, Roy Hargrove, Philip Harper, Christian McBride, Benny Green, and many more. This concert celebrates the late George Wein and focuses on the music created by his lions, via new arrangements for small jazz ensemble prepared by Northwestern jazz studies students. 

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Selections by the Kevin Fort Ensemble

Ben Chaddha, trumpet; Abram Collier, baritone and tenor saxophones; Dylan McGaharn, piano; Evan Diethrich, bass; Daniel Zitomer, drums

Christian McBride (arr. Ben Chaddha), The Shade of the Cedar Tree
Brad Mehldau (arr. Daniel Zitomer), Happy Tune
Joshua Redman (arr. Dylan McGaharn), Blues on a Sunday
Christian McBride (arr. Evan Diethrich), Gettin' to It
Joshua Redman (arr. Abram Collier), Echoes

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Selections by the Darius Hampton Ensemble

Daniel McGrath, trumpet; Eliana Rojany, alto saxophone; Luca Moretti, piano; Alexander Carroll, bass; Nick Landon, drums

Kenny Garrett (arr. Eliana Rojany), Sounds of the Flying Pygmies
Mulgrew Miller (arr. Luca Moretti), The Sequel
Kenny Garret (arr. Nick Landon), Sonhos Do Brasil (Dreams of Brazil)
Cyrus Chestnut (arr. Alexander Carroll), The Dark Before the Dawn
Kenny Garrett (arr. Daniel McGrath), Computer "G"

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David and Carol McClintock Choral and Recital Room


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this rooms seats 120 and offers a flexible space for choral rehearsals, small ensemble performances, and student recitals.

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