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CJE Announces “Great Chicago Tenor Saxes”

The Chicago Jazz Ensemble announced the second program of the Sixth American Heritage Series, which is themed “The Roots of Chicago Jazz.” The program is titled “Great Chicago Tenor Saxes” and will feature Johnny Griffin (pictured), Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, Franz Jackson and Eric Alexander, along with the CJE.

Griffin was born in Chicago in 1928 and played with the bands of Lionel Hampton and Joe Morris and played regularly with Thelonious Monk and Bud Powell. Despite moving to Europe in 1963 and becoming a fixture on the Paris jazz scene, Griffin visited the United States often and recorded for Blue Note, Riverside, Atlantic and Verve, among others.

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