Jamey Aebersold Concert Series

Sponsored by jazz pedagogue and publisher Jamey Aebersold, the Jazz Concert Series at UIC will showcase the work of established Chicago jazz artists throughout Fall 2018 and Spring 2019. Free and open to the public by Mr. Aebersold’s request, the Series provides the School of Theatre and Music an opportunity to share jazz with our community, and a place for our students to observe jazz skills.

Jamey Aebersold Dates and Featured Artists:


All Aebersold Concerts will be held at UIC THEATRE Room L285.


Wednesday, November 21
7:30 pm
Sabertooth Quartet
Pat Mallinger: sax
Cameron Pfiffner: sax
Pete Benson: organ
Formed in 1990 by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, Sabertooth explores a variety of musical genres in the quartet format of two saxophones, drums, and Hammond B3 organ. Sabertooth continues its residency at Chicago's premier jazz club, the famous Green Mill Lounge, where the band has been performing to capacity audiences every Saturday evening since 1992. The band's repertoire includes many original compositions and jazz classics by Duke Ellington, Horace Silver, Wayne Shorter, Lester Young, John Coltrane, as well as covers by the Beatles, Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Bob Marley. Specially invited guests who have performed with the band have included Harry Conick Jr., Kurt Elling, Joe Lovano, Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis Band, Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco, Umphrey's Mcgee Band, and many others. Sabertooth has also performed for numerous jazz festivals, concerts, and private engagements.


Wednesday, October 17
7:30 pm
John Moulder Trio
John Moulder: guitar
Vijay Tellis-Nayak: organ
Ernie Adams: drums
John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. His most recent CDs entitled Decade: Memoirs features the extraordinary talents of Gwilym Simcock and Tim Garland (Origin 2018). Earthborn Tales of Soul and Spirit(Origin 2016) features Donny McCaslin, Marquis Hill, Paul Wertico and many other longtime musical companions. Inspired by soulful individuals, it has been described as a contemporary musical narrative. Earthborn Tales was a featured performance for 2014 Made in Chicago concert series in Millennium Park. John’s compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003), and Trinity (Origin 2006) and Bifrost (Origin 2009) both named one of the ten best jazz CDs of 2006 and 2009 respectively by the Chicago Tribune. On The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill(Origin 2012), John collaborates with his longtime musical companions, Paul Wertico, Larry Gray, Jim Trompeter, and Geof Bradfield.

Wednesday, September 19

7:30 pm
Reginald Thomas Quartet
Reginald Thomas - piano
Bobby Broom – guitar
Ivan Taylor - bass
George Fludas – drums

Before taking over as Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northern Illinois University in the fall of 2014, Reggie Thomas spent 3 years as the professor of jazz at Michigan State University and 20 years as the professor of music at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Reggie remains active with some of the top institutions in jazz and music education including Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall (working with the NYO Jazz program and teaching for their Summer Music Educators Workshops), Jazz at Lincoln Center(worked with the Essentially Ellington Program and Band Director Academy) and the Thelonious Monk Institue of Jazz (serving as accompanist for the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competitions). Thomas has done residencies and summer teaching across the country and abroad including the New York Jazz Symposium at Snow College; the Birch Creek Music Center; the Jazz Music Institute in Brisbane, Australia; the IAJE Teacher Training Institute; the Summer Jazz Academy in Chodziez, Poland and the Barbican Center in London. He remains an active clinician/adjudicator at colleges and festivals throughout the country including the Next Generation Jazz Festival (presented by the Monterey Jazz Festival) and Essentially Ellington (regional and national competition). Thomas has directed All-State Jazz Bands, Combos and Jazz Choirs in Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, South Dakota, and Tennessee and directed the first-ever Missouri All-College Jazz Band.