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Faddis, Levin Take Reins of Chicago Jazz Ensemble

The Columbia College-based Chicago Jazz Ensemble (CJE) announced the appointment of two key positions on Monday: new artistic director Jon Faddis and new managing director David Levin. Both appointments came as the result of a yearlong search after the death of the ensemble’s founder and conductor, William Russo, in January 2003.

“The Chicago Jazz Ensemble is a truly world-class band, and I was honored even to be considered, much less asked, to be its artistic director,” says trumpeter Faddis. “My goals are to help raise the profile of the CJE, to further develop its musical excellence, to introduce new music with the band, to provide more opportunities for audience involvement and understanding, and to increase educational outreach to students and jazz fans of all ages.”

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