This two-day event celebrates the legacy of the King of Swing, Benny Goodman, who first learned to play the clarinet at Chicago's famed Hull House.
Friday, November 1, 7:30pm
Guest Artist Victor Goines, clarinetist and Director of the Jazz Studies program at Northwestern University joins an all-star jazz faculty ensemble for an evening of high energy swing music, the kind made famous by Goodman.
Victor Goines Quartet Victor Goines, clarinet Thaddeus Tukes, vibraphone Aaron Deihl, piano Ernie Adams, drums
Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Faculty & Guests Tammy McCann, vocals Audrey Morrison, trombone Marlene Rosenberg, bass
Saturday, November 2, 3:00pm
A panel of musical and cultural scholars will discuss the impact of Benny Goodman on jazz, classical music, the Jewish diaspora and race relations. The panel is followed by a screening of the 1956 film The Benny Goodman Story, starring Steve Allen and Donna Reed. The feature is great entertainment but also features many of the greatest jazz musicians of the century such as Lionel Hampton, Teddy Wilson, Gene Krupa, Stan Getz and Harry James
Saturday, November 2, 7:30pm
The festival continues on Saturday evening with a concert of the classical music that Goodman performed, commissioned, or premiered. The program includes Mozart's Clarinet Quintet and the Clarinet Concerto by Aaron Copland with soloist Larry Combs. The concert concludes with a rocking rendition of Leonard Bernstein's Prelude, Fugue and Riffs