Special Guest Vocalist Stephanie Jordan Replaces Ledisi in February 18 Performance with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble

An Evening of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble with Music Director Dana Hall welcome guest vocalist Stephanie Jordan, replacing Ledisi, who, due to a scheduling conflict, has canceled her February 18 appearance. The previously announced musical program, An Evening of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, remains unchanged for this concert.

A member of New Orleans’ renowned Jordan Family of Jazz, Stephanie Jordan is consistently praised for her poise, elegance, and soulful articulation. She draws frequent comparisons to her mentor – the legendary jazz chanteuse Shirley Horn – as well as Abbey Lincoln, Nancy Wilson, and Carmen McRae. She has performed around the globe alongside Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Jonathan Dubose, Roy Ayres, Aaron and Arthur Neville, Cassandra Wilson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, and Norah Jones. She has appeared at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, in Jazz at Lincoln Center’s nationally televised Higher Ground Hurricane Relief benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Katrina, and she has been featured live on NPR’s Talk of the Nation.

Ms. Jordan’s father, Jazz Patriarch Edward “Kidd” Jordan, is a saxophonist and music educator who taught the Marsalis Brothers in addition to members of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. He has ties to Chicago through his numerous collaborations with the late saxophonist Fred Anderson, a seminal figure in the local jazz scene and founder of the Velvet Lounge. Her siblings include Marlon (trumpet), Kent (flute), and Rachel (violin) Jordan.

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble is: DANA HALL, Music Director and drums; DAN NICHOLSON and JARRARD HARRIS, alto saxophone; PAT MALLINGER and ROB DENTY (also clarinet), tenor saxophone; TIM McNAMARA, baritone saxophone; ANDY BAKER, TIM COFFMAN, TRACY KIRK, and THOMAS MATTA, trombone; MARK OLEN, LARRY BOWEN, ART HOYLE, and PHAREZ WHITTED, trumpet; JEREMY KAHN, piano; JEFF PARKER, guitar; DAN ANDERSON, bass; and BOBBI WILSYN, vocals.

Single tickets for this 7:30 p.m. concert at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance, located at 205 East Randolph Drive on the northeast corner of Chicago's Millennium Park, are $15 - $45 with discounts available for groups. Student tickets are as low as $5. Tickets may be purchased at the Harris Box Office, by calling (312) 334-7777, or online at www.harristheaterchicago.org.

The CJE, in residence at Columbia College Chicago since 1965, is sponsored in part by Downbeat magazine, MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at Prince, Illinois Arts Council, The Chicago Community Trust, Polk Bros Foundation, Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, the Crown Family, The Robert Pritzker Family Foundation, and media sponsor WDCB 90.9 FM. For more information, visit http://www.chicagojazzensemble.com or call (312) 369-6250.

For more information on Columbia College Chicago, visit www.colum.edu.

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