NIU today | NIU Jazz Orchestra to Preview Their Lincoln Center Set at November 17 Concert


The Northern Illinois University Jazz Orchestra will travel to New York in January to compete in the third annual Rudin Jazz Championships at Jazz at Lincoln Centerand you can catch a glimpse of that performance at their concert on Thursday, November 17 at 7 p.m. at the Boutell Memorial Concert Hall in the Music Building on the NIU campus in DeKalb.

The Jazz Orchestra is one of only ten college jazz orchestras from across the country to be invited to compete, and they received this invitation directly from Wynton Marsalis, world-renowned musician and general and artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center.

The NIU Jazz Orchestra is conducted by Reggie Thomasmusic teacher and head of jazz studies.

The Nov. 17 set includes art from Freddie Green, Luis Hernandez, Juan Tizol, Lil Hardin Armstrong and Don Raye, Matt Harris, Joey DeFrancesco, Jacob Mann, and Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington. Guest artists include Jason Swaggerdirector of jazz studies at SIU-Edwardsville on saxophone and Liam TeagueNIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor and Head of Steelpan Studies on steelpan.

Tickets can be purchased online, and are $5 for adults, $3 for non-NIU students, and NIU students can attend for free. The concert will also be broadcast live on

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Henry R. Wright