Lindberg Showcases Jazz Mastery
Conducts orchestra in Chicago and Long Beach performances of Duke Ellington's opera, Queenie Pie
Queenie Pie, the Duke Ellington Opera that was reprised recently in Chicago and Long Beach, received rave reviews, in large part, because of Jeff Lindberg's role in the production. Lindberg, professor of music at The College of Wooster, directed the Chicago Jazz Orchestra for the performances in the Windy City and the Los Angeles Jazz Orchestra Unlimited for shows in California. He was showered with praise in both cities.
John Von Rhein of The Chicago Tribune complimented "the brassy big-band sounds served up by Lindberg and his marvelous Chicago Jazz Orchestra." Angela Allyn of Chicago Stage Standard wrote, "The score is lush, and conductor Jeff Lindberg lovingly leads the Chicago Jazz Orchestra in a shimmering rendition of musical numbers that span a lifetime."
Lawrence Johnson of Chicago Classical Review observed, "The most consistent pleasure of the evening came from the pit where Jeff Lindberg led the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, giving Ellington's big-band music superb advocacy throughout with polished, full-tilt playing of huge panache." Andrew Patner of TheChicago Sun-Times summarized it in one word — "Tantalizing."
Also in attendance in Chicago was perhaps the most important critic of all — Duke Ellington's granddaughter, who reveled in the artistry of Lindberg and the orchestra.
Reviews from the West Coast were equally flattering. Jonathan Ross of The Long Beach Post, said, "Every instrument in the pit (conducted with great skill by Jeffrey Lindberg) and every voice on the stage are great cause for celebration," while David Gregson of Opera West wrote, "Things in the pit were lively thanks to the conductor, Chicago Jazz Orchestra Artistic Director Jeffrey Lindberg."