Washington, DC – The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, in conjunction with Chicago Public Schools, will present the Gallery 37 and ChiArts Jazz Combos in concert with internationally acclaimed jazz guitarist Bobby Broom on June 12th at Columbia College. The Gallery 37 Center for the Arts jazz program is made possible through the support of the United Airlines Foundation, and the Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts) jazz program is made possible by a grant from the JP Morgan Chase Foundation. Broom will serve as artist-in-residence at both schools during the three days leading up to the concert. The Columbia College concert marks the culmination of the Institute’s 2013-2014 National Performing Arts High School Jazz Program, which helps prepare students in Chicago and eight other cities to become the next generation of jazz artists.
“The groups comprise some of the very best music students in Chicago,” said Thelonious Monk, Jr., Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees and son of legendary jazz pianist and composer Thelonious Monk. “Seeing and hearing these extraordinary teenagers play this music at a level that so belies their years is heartening; their level of technical proficiency, creativity, and artistry for their age is off the charts.”
“We’re so looking forward to working with Bobby Broom,” said Michael Panelas, a guitarist and ChiArts High School student who recently returned from a weeklong tour with the Quintet and jazz saxophone great Bobby Watson as part of the Institute’s national peer-to-peer jazz program, performing and teaching in high schools across the country. “Mr. Broom is definitely one of the best jazz guitarists in the world.”
The concert will be held on Thursday, June 12th, beginning at 7:30 PM at the Columbia College Concert Hall (1014 S. Michigan Avenue at 11th St.). Free and open to the public, the concert will feature an evening of standards, jazz classics, and contemporary jazz, as well as compositions from Broom’s latest recordings, programmed for an audience of all ages, including the young performers’ peers.
“As young people are so influenced by kids their own age, who better to expose them to this great American art form than those of their own generation?” added Monk. “And with Bobby Broom – one of the most exciting and soulful performers on the scene today – it’s truly an extraordinary opportunity for students, teachers, musicians, non-musicians – everybody.”