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2011.04.04 > For Immediate Release
contact: Charley Reed - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2129 - email: cdreed@unomaha.edu

Jazz Ensembles to Perform with Tito Carrillo April 6

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Department of Music welcomes Tito Carrillo, one of Chicago’s most accomplished trumpeters and a University of Illinois faculty member, for a special performance with the UNO Jazz Ensembles and the Metropolitan Area Youth Jazz Orchestra (MAYJO) on Wednesday, April 6.

The performance takes place on the UNO campus in the Strauss Performing Arts Center Recital Hall with a 7 p.m. start time. Tickets are $5 for the general public, $4 for non-UNO students and senior citizens and free to all UNO students with their MavCard.

Tito Carrillo began his career in 1996 in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes. He has performed, recorded and toured with groups like the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; jazz greats Louis Hayes and Tito Puente; salsa legends Andy Montañez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; and pop icons like Quincy Jones and Phil Collins.

Carrillo is also an established educator, appointed to a full-time professorship at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2006. He has also served on the faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and Northwestern University.

The award winning UNO Jazz Ensembles continue to receive acclaim for their outstanding musical performances from internationally recognized jazz artists, clinicians and adjudicators. In addition to hosting the annual UNO Great Plains Jazz Festival, the ensemble makes regular appearances at nationally recognized jazz festivals and at state and regional conferences.

An audition only group, MAYJO is made up of the finest high school music students in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area. In its eighth year as the premier high school honors jazz ensemble in the Midwest, MAYJO is directed by UNO's coordinator of jazz studies, Dr. Pete Madsen assisted by UNO music faculty, students and UNO artist-in-residence drummer Joey Gulizia. MAYJO rehearses twice weekly on the UNO campus and performs several concerts each semester on campus and in the community.

For more information, contact Peter Madsen, director of jazz studies, at (402) 554-2297 or petermadsen@unomaha.edu.

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