Annual Gala

Held annually in October, the Jazz Institute of Chicago gala celebrates our mission to promote and nurture jazz in Chicago with a live performance and tributes to select trailblazers in education, philanthropy and performance.  The business attire event includes a silent and live auction, seated dinner and concert.

 

2017 Jazz Institute of Chicago Gala – Thank you for your support!

From the young heralds at the front door, to the second line leading people into the dining room, to the infectious good cheer of our emcee Thaddeus Tukes, the Jazz Institute’s 14th annual gala, Caravan: A Night Under the Stars at the Alhambra Palace was a night of exotic fun! The packed house gave lots of love to Jazz Excellence Award recipients Michelle BooneBill Michel and Ari Brown.

 

After leading a trio at the reception and a solo piano performance during dinner, Alexis Lombre told the story of the Jazz Institute’s impact on her life from her first Jazz Links jam session to performing at Millennium Park. Her quintet (Rajiv Halim, Corey Wilkes, Charles Heath and Alex Warshawsky) tore up a version of Ellington’s Caravan. The evening ended with people dancing into the night to the Noteworthy Big Band.

 

Thanks to all who attended, donated, sponsored or sent gifts (you scan still do that!) to support our efforts to provide jazz education, develop and support artists, build audiences for jazz and foster a thriving jazz community!

 

Couldn’t make it? You can still support jazz in Chicago when you make a contribution today!

See the 2017 photo gallery

 

 

2017 Gala Committee

Co-Chairs

William Norris
Bethany Pickens

 

Members

David Bloomberg
Roxana Espoz

David Helverson
Rik Geiersbach
Nancy Greenman

Jason Koransky

Jack Lewitz

Dave Martin

Keyonn Pope

 

2017 Gala Host Committee 

Ed Barnett

David and Kim Bloomberg

Tom and Madeline Burrell

Warren and Bonita Chapman

Maria (Nena) De Los Angeles Torres and Matthew Piers

Roxana Espoz and Todd Davis

Dan Epstein

Rik Geiersbach and Carolyn Burger

Joseph B. and Madeleine Glossberg

David Helverson

David Jemilo

Jason and Tamara Koransky

Jack Lewitz

Jim and Kay Mabie

Robert W. Marwin

Dr. and Mrs. A. Mlcoch

William and Jocelyn Norris

Ted and Susan Oppenheimer

Keyonn Pope

Judith Stein

Conrad Terry

Vanya Wang

Darryl and Gail Wilson

 

Thank You 2017 Sponsors

 

Ensemble

 

 

Quartet

Rik Geiersbach and Carolyn Burger

 

Combo

Accenture

Dan Epstein

Entertainment Cruise Productions

Joseph B. and Madeline Glossberg

Mesirow Financial

William and Jocelyn Norris

Ted and Susan Oppenheimer

 

 

Trio 

Chuhak & Tecson

David Helverson

Navy Pier

The University of Chicago

WDCB 90.9 FM

 

Solo

Ed Barnett

Tom and Madeline Burrell

Nena De Los Angeles Torres and Matthew Piers

Roxana Espoz and Todd Davis

Financial Understanding Now, LLC

Dave Jemilo – The Green Mill Jazz Club

Jason and Tamara Koransky

The Reva and  David Logan Foundation

Jim and Kay Mabie

Dr. and Mrs. A. Mlcoch

Brian and Laura Myerholtz

Keyonn Pope

Reed Smith, LLP

Judith E.  Stein

Vanya Wang

Wells Fargo Advisors

 

Toe Tapper 

Timuel and Zenobia Black

Warren and Bonita Chapman

Miguel de la Cerna

Nicole Gotthelf

Rajiv Halim

Bill King

Dave Martin

Robert Marwin

Rahsaan Clark Morris and Alyce Morris

Melissa Perrett Cook

Bethany Pickens

Rosemarie Rogers

Steven Saltzman

Darryl and Gail Wilson


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