Artist / Program Description
Founded by the late William Russo, Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE) has been in residence at Columbia College Chicago since 1965. Celebrated by critics and audiences alike as one of the nation’s foremost jazz bands, the CJE is recognized internationally as one of American’s leading jazz companies. CJE’s twenty-member professional ensemble comprises an elite group of Chicago jazz musicians, ranging from established stars with national reputations and acclaimed Columbia College Chicago faculty to the city’s brightest young talents. As a professional jazz ensemble in residence at Columbia College Chicago, the CJE is equally committed to education, building new audiences, and fostering the next generation of American talent by training and mentoring young musicians.
In September 2004, the CJE appointed trumpet virtuoso, composer, and conductor, Jon Faddis, as its new artistic director. Formerly artistic director of the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Faddis has a thirty-year history of performing and collaborating with the world’s foremost jazz artists, including Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. In addition to his performance work, he is an award-winning educator with an enduring commitment to the accessible and quality education of young musicians.