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Benny Goodman Festival
Nichols Concert Hall
Evanston, IL
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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

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Nichols Concert Hall (View)
1490 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201
United States


Music > Classical

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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