About this event:
WHAT: Jazz fusion ensemble The JuJu Exchange helps Merit School of Music celebrate their 40th Anniversary!
SO WHAT: West Loop’s Merit School of Music will be celebrating their 40th Anniversary with PLAY ON, an evening a jazz infused music! While most know of Merit’s success in the classical music realm, PLAY ON shines a light on their increibdle jazz program and its notable graduates including, Grammy Award-winner, trumpeter, and Chance the Rapper collaborator Nico Segal and his boundary-breaking jazz-influenced quartet The JuJu Exchange which includes Everett Reid, Lane Beckstrom, and Julian Reid . Play On is curated by The JuJu Exchange’s Beckstrom will feature an abridged version of the The JuJu Exchange’s powerful new work called “Price of Peace” (composed by Julian Reid and Nico Segal) in addition to performances by other notable Merit alums, such as rising jazz pianist Alexis Lombre and vocalists Christine Whack and Kimberly Jones, and more! Check out our raving review of the Ju Ju Exchange’s show last year!