Bienen Ensembles

Jazz Small Ensembles

The Music of Mary Lou Williams and Tadd Dameron

Monday, October 16, 2023 at 7:30pm CDT

McClintock Choral and Recital Room

Joe Clark and Darius Hampton, conductors

Jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams is credited with hundreds of compositions and arrangements, including music for Duke Ellington and Benny Goodman, and she recorded over 100 records. Williams is known for the bebop hit “In the Land of Oo-Bla-Dee,” written for Dizzy Gillespie, and the classically-influenced Zodiac Suite, dedicated to colleagues including Billie Holiday and Art Tatum. She was a friend, mentor, and teacher to Thelonious Monk, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Bud Powell, and Tadd Dameron. Dameron was among the most prominent jazz composers and arrangers of his generation, leading the genre’s transition from swing to bebop. He wrote for major bands and artists including Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, and Sarah Vaughan. Dameron was also a notable pianist who teamed up with Miles Davis, Fats Navarro, and John Coltrane in addition to leading his own jazz orchestra. Several of his compositions, including “Hot House,” “Good Bait,” and “If You Could See Me Now,” are jazz standards. The Joe Clark and Darius Hampton Ensembles perform selections by the two influential artists and friends.

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

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Joe Clark Ensemble: The Music of Mary Lou Williams

Shael Murthy, alto saxophone
William Lewis, trumpet
Connor Cowart, piano
Marcus William, bass

A Grand Night for Swinging (arr. Connor Cowart)
Miss D. D. (arr. Marcus William)
Mary's Waltz (arr. William Lewis)
Walkin' and Swingin' (arr. Shael Murthy)

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Darius Hampton Ensemble: The Music of Tadd Dameron

Candice Tugby, trumpet and flugelhorn
Oliver Koenig, tenor saxophone
Ikenna Eze, bass trombone
Alexander Wallack, bass
Chase Wilkins, drums

Good Bait (arr. Brandon Harper)
Sweet Life (arr. Candice Tugby)
Mating Call (arr. Oliver Koenig)
On a Misty Night (arr. Alexander Wallack)
A Be-Bop Carol (arr. Ikenna Eze)
Lady Bird (arr. Chase Wilkins)

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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.