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Chicago Jazz Orchestra Presents A TRIBUTE TO RAY CHARLES Tonight

Tonight, February 16th at 8:00 p.m., The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) led by conductor Jeff Lindberg, will reprise its popular Tribute to Ray Charles at Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville, Illinois. Tickets are $35/$30, and can be purchased at www.chicagojazzorchestra.com, finearts.northcentralcollege.edu, or by calling the Wentz Concert Hall box office at 630-637-7469.

This concert will feature internationally acclaimed singer, songwriter, composer Allan Harris as "Brother Ray", and serving as the "fierce "Raelettes" are Chicago favorites, Dee Alexander, Joan Collaso and Yvonne Gage.

Ray Charles was a beloved pioneer of many genres of American music including Blues, Gospel, Jazz, R&B and Country. Please join us for this very special tribute at the acoustically pristine Wentz Concert Hall.

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) was founded in 1978 as the Jazz Members Big Band by Jeff Lindberg and the late Steve Jensen. Composed of Chicago's top musicians, the CJO is Chicago's oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz orchestras in the country. Conductor and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg is one of the foremost transcribers in jazz. As a result, the Orchestra's repertoire draws upon his vast library, which includes the works of Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Dizzy Gillespie, Lionel Hampton, Benny Carter, Oliver Nelson, Ray Charles and many others.

The CJO is currently performing its 2012-2013 concert season, including performances with such solo artists as Michael Feinstein, Ernie Watts, Mark Wood, Randy Brecker and Kurt Elling. For more information about the CJO's season, visit the website www.chicagojazzorchestra.com.

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