Bienen Ensembles

SOLD OUT: Jazz Small Ensembles

The Music of Kenny Dorham and Sonny Rollins

Monday, October 9, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

McClintock Choral and Recital Room

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Derrick Gardner and Kevin Fort, conductors

Jazz trumpeter, singer, and composer McKinley Howard “Kenny” Dorham is frequently lauded by critics and fellow musicians, but in his lifetime he never received the level of recognition that many of his peers attained. An active bebop trumpeter, he played in the big bands of Lionel Hampton, Billy Eckstein, Dizzy Gilespie, and Mercer Ellington, as well as Charlie Parker’s quintet, and was a charter member of the original Jazz Messengers. He recorded as a sideman with Sonny Rollins, the virtuosic tenor saxophonist hailed as “the greatest living improviser,” with a career spanning seven decades. Rollins recorded over 60 albums as a bandleader, and his collaborations have included such luminaries as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and Max Roach. Many of his compositions—”St. Thomas,” “Oleo,” “Doxy,” and “Airegin” among them—have become jazz standards. Join the Derrick Gardner and Kevin Fort Ensembles for a celebration of these two jazz masters.

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Tickets are $6 for the general public and $4 for students with valid ID.

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Kevin Fort Ensemble: The Music of Sonny Rollins

Jun Byun, trumpet
Dario Allais, tenor saxophone
Spencer Brown, piano
Evan Diethrich, bass
Daniel Zitomer, drums

Tenor Madness (arr. Dario Allais)
St. Thomas (arr. Evan Diethrich)
Doxy (arr. Spencer Brown)
Pent-Up House (arr. Daniel Zitomer)
First Moves (arr. Jun Byun)

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Derrick Gardner Ensemble: The Music of Kenny Dorham

John Beckner, trumpet
Eli Sullivan, alto saxophone
Dylan McGaharn, piano
Austin Aldrich, bass
Calvin Simmers, drums

Short Story (arr. Jack Beckner)
Escapade (arr. Eli Sullivan)
Lotus Blossom (arr. Calvin Simmers)
KD's Blues (arr. Dylan McGaharn)
Whistle Stop (arr. Austin Aldrich)

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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.