Sunday, September 24


West Stage at the Midway

Formed by musicians from Chicago’s diverse Latin and Jazz communities, CALJE (Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble) fuses the musical treasures of Afro-Latin American music and jazz. With a global sound and ensemble, CALJE made its debut at the Latin Jazz Festival in Chicago, where they “left everyone gasping and wanting more dazzling sounds after their near two-hour flawless set” (Jazz Chicago). Founded in 2006 by Nicaraguan pianist and composer Darwin Moguera and Mexican trumpeter and composer Victor Garcia, these long-time collaborators envisioned an endeavor for Chicago that would follow in the innovative footsteps of Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nations Orchestra, Irakere, and the Arturo O’Farrill Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra at Lincoln Center. CALJE is currently composed of NYTHIA MARTINEZ and PAPA SANTIAGO on vocals; TITO CARRILLO, VICTOR GARCIA, and FREDDY RODRIGUEZ on trumpet; ANTHONY BRUNO on alto saxophone; ROCKY YERA on tenor saxophone and flute; JOHN COLLAZO on baritone saxophone; CRAIG SUNKEN and JOHN MOSE on trombone; DARWIN NOGUERA on piano; JOSHUA RAMOS on bass; ERNIE ADAMS on drums; JUAN PICORELLI on timbales; and VICTOR GONZALEZ on congas.