Rockford native Scott Hall to conduct Chicago Jazz Ensemble

Rockford native Scott Hall to conduct Chicago Jazz Ensemble


The Chicago Jazz Ensemble will perform the music of Duke Ellington, Count Basie and William Russo’s Chicago Suite #2 at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 at Rockford College. Conducting the big band will be Rockford native Scott Hall. “It is a privilege and an honor to front a band as glorious as the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. The band has risen to a new level,” said Hall.

Established in the 1960s by Artistic Director and jazz innovator William Russo, the CJE has similarities to the Stan Kenton Orchestra, which Russo worked with in the 1950s. The American tradition of big bands continues with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble’s American Jazz Heritage Concert Series. The band performs four times a year at Rockford College.

Hall will also visit the two jazz bands at Guilford High School on Nov. 29. The jazz workshop will help prepare students for their upcoming concerts and festivals.

“My focus for the last 10 years has been education,” Hall stated. “It is essential to inspire young minds with the history of American jazz. It’s about a feeling we all have inside us. The expression of beauty and joy occurs in every jazz performance.”

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