2015 Annual Gala: NextGen to Legends

October 21, 2015 - 12:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Event Schedule

The Drake Hotel Chicago | 140 E. Walton

Reception and Silent Auction: 6PM |  Seated Dinner and Jazz Excellence Awards: 7:15PM | Concert: 8:15PM


Join us for a celebration of our mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago.  Aptly titled, NextGen to Legends: Celebrating a World Class Jazz City, our annual gala features a quintet led by award-winning saxophonist Rajiv Halim, an alumnus of our Jazz Links Education Programs and rising star in Chicago’s jazz scene with special guest acclaimed Indian-American saxophonist Rudresh Mahanthappa. The evening includes a reception, silent auction, seated dinner and our Jazz Excellence Awards which recognize the important contributions made by members of the jazz community.


2015 Jazz Excellence Award Recipients

Walter Dyett Lifetime Achievement Award:

Art Hoyle, Jazz trumpet Master


Outstanding Jazz Educator:

Alan Swain, Music Educator, Founder, Swain Music Studios


Timuel Black Community Service Award:

Richard Steele, Jazz Radio Journalist


Outstanding Jazz Advocate:

Joseph B. Glossberg, Principal, Gofen and Glossberg; Past President, Jazz Institute of Chicago Board of Directors


2015 Gala Sponsors

Lead Sponsor




Rik Geiersbach

The PrivateBank

Jim & Kay Mabie

Dan Epstein

Joseph B. Glossberg

William Norris

PWC (PriceWaterhouseCoopers)

Burton Rosenberg

Ted & Susan Oppenheimer



David Helverson

Roger Pascal

Roxana Espoz

Janice Gonzalez

Stan Hoffman

Jason Koransky

Larry & Mary Mages

Anthony Mlcoch

Brian & Laura Myerholtz

Joel Rubin

Judith E. Stein

Richard  & Vanya Wang

Frank & Jan Cicero

Phillip Darling

Chester Gougis & Shelley Ochab

Terry Martin

Rahassan & Alyce Morris

Bethany Pickens

Harold & Aliha Rogers

Ruby A. Rogers

Darryl & Gail Wilson

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