PHAREZ WHITTED is a jazz trumpeter, composer, producer, and educator who has performed throughout the United States and overseas with such musicians as Wynton Marsalis, Elvin Jones, and Ramsey Lewis. Pharez wrote, produced, arranged, and played on his two compact discs for Motown’s Jazz record label, entitled Pharez Whitted and Mysterious Cargo. He also co-produced the MoJazz album, People Make the World Go 'Round. Pharez was a member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at Chicago State University. His CD, Transient Journey, was universally praised, with Neil Tesser writing of the recording that “the spirit of Freddie Hubbard hovers nearby. . . . But few have managed to channel it as effectively as Pharez Whitted, who honors the late giant with his combination of intensity and technique, spank and sparkle, and that hot-cider tone.” Dan Bilawsky, all•about•jazz critic, observes that Pharez’s recent CD For the People “finds Whitted in fine form, delivering funky hard bop, sunny selections and probing fare with equal skill.” Pharez can be found on Sunday evenings leading the late jam session at Andy’s Jazz Club. Completing the group are EDDIE BAYARD, sax; LOVELL BRADFORD, keys; JON WOOD, bass; GREG ARTRY, drums, OPAL STAPLES, vocals, and JOHN ROBINSON, MC.