Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE), one of the most present forces in the Latin jazz scene, will perform at Northeastern Illinois University on Saturday, March 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorium as part of the Chicago Brass Festival.

With music written primarily by Mexican trumpeter Victor Garcia and Nicaraguan pianist Darwin Noguera, CALJE delivers captivating and high-energy performances. Much of that is attributed to the band’s incorporation of diverse genres such as Argentine tango, Puerto Rican bomba y plena, and even Jamaican reggae. The ensemble has performed with some of the world’s most respected artists, including Grammy Award winners Howard Levy and Brian Lynch.

Now in its seventh year, the Chicago Brass Festival is an annual, two-day event at Northeastern. In addition to CALJE, the festival will include performances by Axiom Brass and other exceptional brass musicians.

This performance also is presented as a part of the Jewel Box Series, an eight-concert professional performing arts series presented by Northeastern Illinois University’s Office of Cultural Events.

Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at or by calling (773) 442-4636.