Bienen Ensembles

Northwestern University Jazz Orchestra

Jazz Composers of the Midwest

Tuesday, November 8, 2022 at 7:30pm CST

Galvin Recital Hall

Derrick Gardner and Darius Hampton, conductors 

Join us as we celebrate and explore the music of jazz composers and arrangers of the Midwestern region of the US. These are some of the musicians that shaped the sounds of the classic big bands of Count Basie, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry’s Big Bad Band, Ray Charles, Lionel Hampton, Illinois Jacquet, and many others. Many of these composers also wrote for the television and film industries of the 1960s and ‘70s. Their unique musical explorations continued to flourish as they went on to lead their own big bands, creating some of the greatest music of the 20th century. This concert will feature the music of Frank Foster, Thad Jones, Oliver Nelson, David Baker, Slide Hampton, Neil Hefty, Burgess Gardner, and Ernie Wilkins. 

Oliver Nelson, 3, 2, 1, 0 
Frank Foster, Shiny Stockings 
Thad Jones, 61st and Rich’it 
Thad Jones, To You 
Neil Hefti, Splanky 
Ernie Wilkins, Way Out Basie 
Oliver Nelson, Hoe Down 
David Baker, 4, 5, 6 
Slide Hampton, Frame for the Blues 
Derrick Gardner, One Thing Led to Another 
Burgess Gardner, Laila Simone (Little Laila) 
Frank Foster, Disapproachment 

Tickets are $8 for the general public and $5 for students with valid ID.

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Mary B. Galvin Recital Hall


70 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
United States

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Located in the Ryan Center for the Musical Arts, this 400-seat hall features a 40-foot glass wall offering views of Lake Michigan and the Chicago skyline. Undulating walls of Forest Stewardship Council–certified wood, covered with a thin layer of African moabi wood, provide optimal acoustics, and the hall is equipped with state-of-the-art sound and video equipment for recording.