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Jazz at the Egyptian enchanted audience Saturday

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 28, 2020

At the fourth annual Jazz at the Egyptian show four local jazz groups rocked the stage, allowing composers like Duke Ellington to live on.Jazz in Progress, the Sycamore High School Jazz Ensemble, the DeKalb High School Jazz Ensemble and the NIU Jazz Orchestra...

Local jazz groups to perform at Egyptian Theatre

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist | January 22, 2020

DeKALB — Four local jazz groups will come together for the fourth year in a row to bring a night of jazz to DeKalb.Beginning 7 p.m. Saturday, the Egyptian Theatre, 135 N. Second St., will present its annual “Jazz at the Egyptian” show.The DeKalb...

Students pay homage to Latin, jazz sounds

By Alexis Malapitan | November 5, 2015

DeKalb | The All University Jazz Band and Latin Jazz Ensemble will combine as one for an upcoming School of Music concert.Michael Mixtacki, Latin Jazz Ensemble director, said Thursday’s concert will feature a variety of music from throughout the Americas.“I...

Jazz Ensemble founder brings memoir to NIU

By Claire Buchanan | September 9, 2014

Jazz Ensemble founder Ron Modell’s memoir features “a lot of wisdom,” according to a forward by Quincy Jones.Modell directed the band 1969-97. His memoir, “Loved Bein’ Here With You,” will be available Saturday at the NIU Bookstore.NS: Can...

Guest trumpeter Sean Jones to join NIU’s Jazz Ensemble

By Guadalupe Lopez | April 10, 2013

The Jazz Ensemble will perform with guest trumpeter Sean Jones at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center. The concert will be free and open to the public. “We have a guest performer coming in who has done wonderful,...

The Duke’s bittersweet final night

By Alex Fiore | May 2, 2012

Sometimes he coughed up blood. Sometimes his knees ached and his back strained when sitting down. When Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington took the stage inside NIU’s University Center on March 20, 1974, the cancer that destroyed his lungs had turned...

Grammy-winning trupeter Randy Breck(left) plays with the NIU Jazz Ensemble Thursday night.

Grammy-winning trumpeter takes the stage at NIU

By Candice Beasley | April 14, 2011

Over 700 people watched NIU's jazz ensemble play with Grammy-winning trumpeter Randy Brecker. Brecker has been playing the trumpet and flugelhorn for over 50 years. He accompanied the jazz ensemble Thursday night in playing some selections he has written...