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Metropolitan Jazz Octet With Dee Alexander at Studio5 Performaing Arts Center

Jim Gailloreto uploaded this event on July 4, 2019


Studio5 Performaing Arts Center
1934 W. Dempster Ave
Evanston, IL

Metropolitan Jazz Octet With Dee Alexander at Studio5 Performaing Arts Center


Fri, July 12, 2019
8:00 pm

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Jim Gailloreto
Jim Gailloreto

saxophone, tenor

Dee Alexander
Dee Alexander

voice / vocals


The Metropolitan Jazz Octet (MJO) is the reawakening of a group founded in the 1950s by saxophonist/arranger and De Paul University professor Tom Hilliard (1930–2006). In 1959, the original group recorded “The Legend of Bix,” a tribute to the artistry of cornetist/composer Bix Beiderbecke. Near the end of Tom Hilliard’s life, he bequeathed his life’s work of music to his former student, Jim Gailloreto.

In 2014, Jim began to explore Tom’s legacy with a monthly reading of the MJO library. The musicians involved—two former fellow DePaul students among them—likened the experience to an archaeological jazz dig, with each session unearthing a new layer of the original group’s creativity, thinking and performance practice. ...

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