November 30, 2012
Jeffrey Lindberg and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) will perform at the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala this weekend in Washington, D.C.
WOOSTER, OHIO — Jeffrey Lindberg and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) have been invited to perform at the 35th annual Kennedy Center Honors Gala this weekend in Washington, D.C. This marks the 24th consecutive year that Lindberg, who directs the orchestra, and his fellow musicians have been selected for this singular performance honor.
This year’s honorees are Chicago Blues guitarist, singer, and six-time Grammy winner Buddy Guy; legendary actor and winner of two Grammys and five Golden Globes, Dustin Hoffman; Late-Night television icon David Letterman; ballerina Natalia Makarova, who defected from Russia in 1970 and joined the American Ballet Theatre; and the rock band Led Zeppelin, made famous by John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and the late John Bonham.
President Obama and wife Michele will receive the honorees and members of the Artists Committee who nominated them, along with the Kennedy Center Trustees, at the White House prior to the Gala performance. The medallions will be presented to the honorees at a State Department dinner hosted by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Saturday (Dec. 1).
The ceremony concludes with a dinner dance at which the CJO will be the featured entertainment. In previous years, one of the highlights of the evening has been unexpected performances by some of the world’s biggest stars who “sit in” with the CJO. Two years ago, for example, Matthew Morrison, star of the popular television show “Glee,” gave an impromptu performance that had everyone swaying to the music into the “wee hours of the morning.”
Lindberg is a professor of music at The College of Wooster where he has been a member of the faculty for 25 years. He also conducts the Wooster Symphony Orchestra and The College of Wooster Jazz Ensemble. Regarded as one of the world’s foremost transcribers of Jazz, Lindberg and the late Steve Jensen founded The Chicago Jazz Orchestra in 1978. During the past 34 years, it has become Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. The CJO has a repertoire that draws upon Lindberg’s vast library, including the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles and many others.
The CJO became the first professional jazz orchestra in Chicago to present a yearly concert series (1998-99). Its 2005 compact disc “Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess” (Americana Music) received widespread critical acclaim, including a rare “FIVE STAR” rating in DownBeat magazine. The CD has been voted among the top CD’s of the decade by DownBeat. The CJO recently announced its upcoming 2012-2013 Concert Season, which will include performances with such solo artists as Michael Feinstein, Ernie Watts, Mark Wood, Randy Brecker, and Kurt Elling. Additional information is available online.
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