Jazz Ensemble to Present Concert Featuring Special Guest Artist

BLOOMINGTON, Ill.— Illinois Wesleyan University’s Jazz Ensemble will present a concert featuring jazz trumpeter and composer John D’earth on Tuesday, April 17 at 8 p.m. in Presser Hall’s Westbrook Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Director of Jazz at the University of Virginia, D'earth has performed and recorded internationally and has worked with artists including Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton and Quincy Jones. An avid composer, he has written music for multiple ensembles including the Kronos String Quartet, the Dave Matthews Band and the Great American Music Ensemble, and is a co-founder of the Free Bridge Quintet. D’earth also leads the Charlottesville Swing Orchestra, the one blood jazz/poetry project and his own quartet/quintet.

Directed by Adjunct Instructor and Director of Jazz in the School of Music Glenn Wilson, the Jazz Ensemble will also perform works by Thad Jones, Matt Catingub and Mike Kamuf, among others. Comprised of jazz students from a variety of majors at Illinois Wesleyan, the group has toured both nationally and internationally, including tours to Nashville, New York, Italy, the Bahamas and Japan.

By Vi Kakares '20