Pharez Whitted Band

Sunday, September 29, 6:00-7:00pm

Wagner Stage at the Midway

Photo by Magnus Contzen

Photo by Magnus Contzen

Currently the Director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra’s Jazz Orchestra, performer, educator, composer, producer, and clinician PHAREZ WHITTED has performed throughout the U.S. and overseas, including at Presidential Inaugurations, on The Arsenio Hall Show and The Billboard Music Awards, at Carnegie Hall, and in major jazz festivals throughout the country. He has performed with notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jon Faddis, Chaka Khan, and Slide Hampton, and taught at colleges and universities including Wabash College, Ohio State University, and Chicago State University. Whitted studied music at DePauw University as an undergraduate and went on to earn a Master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has been nominated for Independent Jazz Artist of the Year (2011); named Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz (2016); inducted into the Shortridge High School Hall of Fame (2017); and awarded the Alumni Citation from DePauw University (2018). He is also the Coordinator of the Chicago division of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Jazz and Democracy program; a Clinician for the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Program; Jazz Mentor for the Jazz Scholar Program (part of the Ravinia Reach, Teach, Play Program); and a member of the Board of Directors for the Jazz Education Network.

The musicians:

Eddie Bayard (tenor saxophone); Runere Brooks (bass); Andrew Toombs (piano/keys); Xazavian Valladay (drums); Pharez Whitted (trumpet)