Noteworthy Jazz Ensemble

Saturday, September 28, 5:00-6:00pm

West Stage at Midway Plaisance & Ellis Ave.


Quite possibly the only band of its kind in the country, NOTEWORTHY JAZZ ENSEMBLE is comprised entirely of Chicago Public School music teachers, many of whom are also current or retired jazz band directors at their schools. The band was formed as an outgrowth of the Jazz Institute of Chicago's Jazz Links Teachers Advisory Council, as a way for teachers to “practice what they teach.” As soon as the idea was launched, the ensemble grew quickly—transforming from an octet to a burgeoning big band. Noteworthy’s many dedicated members see the ensemble as a living platform for jazz advocacy and support for arts education in public schools, and as a model for music teachers across the country. The ensemble has been featured at the Illinois Music Educators Association conference, and has performed for enthusiastic crowds at Millennium Park, South Shore Cultural Center, and Buddy Guy’s Legends. The Jazz Institute is proud to partner this initiative.

The musicians:


Madeleine Mollinedo                                                                           


Dale Craine, Talib Dauda, Brandon Harding, Tyrone Hines, Gerard Matthews, Shemeka Nash


Mark Coulter, William McClellan, Madeleine Mollinedo, Phillip Moore                                                                                                                                                                                                                 


Lawrence Cooper, Christopher Dixon, Michael McCain, Dean Thornton                                       


Henry Bardwell (guitar); Saundra Brown (piano); Phillip Castleberry (bass); Ronald Dennis (drums); Bobie Knight (piano); Shelly Samuels (percussion); Eric T. Scott (drums)