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21-23 South Broadway

Aurora, IL 60505

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The Venue is pleased to present its second annual JAZZ in the Park FESTIVAL - a 3 day outdoor JAZZ musical extravaganza with Chicagoland's favorite Jazz artists, July 8, 9 & 10.

The Venue’s Second Annual Jazz Festival is sponsored in part by WDCB 90.9fm.

WDCB is owned and operated by the College of DuPage as a service to the residents of Community College District #502 and the world!

FRIDAY, JULY 8: Doors open at 7

8pm - Pete Ellman Big Band - Festival Kick off Party

Advance General Admission - $20

+$5 door

SATURDAY, JULY 9: Doors open at 6

7pm - Carroll/Artry/Ward

8pm - Joel Paterson Quartet

9:15pm - Frank Catalano

Advance General Admission - $25

+$5 door

SUNDAY, JULY 10: Doors open at 6


7pm - Grant Green - Alive. Tribute performed by Scott Tipping and The Heavy Sounds

8:15 - A Love Supreme Live, recorded in 1964 by Rudy Van Gelder. Tribute of John Coltrane's iconic album performed by John Hanrahan Quartet featuring Andrew Dixon on woodwinds

Advance General Admission - $20

+$5 door


Guarantees you indoor seating in the event of rain if the shows are moved indoors.

Bring Your Own Chair or Blanket.

*This is a rain or shine outdoor concert.


PETE ELLMAN BIG BAND - The Pete Ellman Big Band (PEBB) was formed in 2009 after Pete retired from the Illinois Air National Guard after 20 years of service. Since then, the band has played regularly in the Chicagoland Western suburbs at locations such as Mullen’s in Lisle and Fitzgerald’s in Oak Park. They regularly invite student jazz ensembles to join them and will provide guest clinicians. This is a way to get these budding musicians into a real world environment playing the music they love in addition to an auditorium in front of parents or classmates.

Additionally, the PEBB has hosted numerous fundraisers at their events to help raise money (and food / toys) for local non-profits such as Loaves & Fishes, Toys for Tots, Kids Matter, Kidz Cabaret, Youth Symphony of DuPage, Naperville Educational Foundation, Gil Ellman Memorial Fund, and more! To Pete, it is all about giving back to the community to help kids, in general, and also to give kids an opportunity to participate in the arts.

Pete has worked full time at Ellman’s Music Center since 1985, having worked in nearly every position in the company, from repairman to outside sales representative to purchasing agent to janitor. With that kind of overall experience, he has a uniquely complete vision on how to run the business.

Pete continues to play professionally and has performed with nationally known artists such as Wayne Newton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Aretha Franklin, Bob Newhart, Chicago Sinfonietta, and many more. Being a trumpet player, Pete’s favorite artist to date has been world renowned trumpeter Wayne Bergeron.

Pete attended DePaul University and majored in Music Performance. Peter attends many industry specific and financial seminars including NASMD, NAPBIRT, and NAMM. He sits on the board of the Naperville Municipal Band.

CARROL/ARTRY/WARD - Carroll/Artry/Ward is a Chicago-based trio that features the creative voices of bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Greg Artry, and saxophonist Greg Ward. This ensemble formed organically in 2016, while performing at the Tuesday Night Fellowship at Hungry Brain, a jam session hosted by Ward. From the first note that they played together, an instant-rapport began to develop and has enabled the trio to present exciting interpretations of classics from the American Songbook seamlessly interwoven into their own spontaneous compositions.

Dennis Carroll has been playing bass professionally for over 40 years. Originally from Poplar Grove, IL, where his father was band director and mentor, Mr. Carroll has shared the stage with artists such as Eddie Harris, Eric Reed, Ron Blake, Charles McPherson, Ira Sullivan, Bobby Broom, Jodie Christian, Von Freeman, Clark Terry, and Pharoah Sanders. Dennis currently teaches at Ravinia's "Reach, Teach, and Play" program and at DePaul University, where he currently teaches jazz bass.

Gregory Allen Artry Jr. was born in Pomona, California. His father, who was a professional session drummer, exposed Greg to the drum set at a very early age. At age 10, Greg and his family moved to Indianapolis, Indiana. It was here that the evidence of his talent began to unfold and Greg was accepted into the fledgling Performing Arts Magnet Program. This initiative allowed him to study a variety of instruments formally, including the cello and voice. After graduating from Broad Ripple High School with honors, Greg was accepted at the University of Louisville (KY) on scholarship. Upon finishing there, Greg returned to Indy and began his professional career working with some of the finest musicians in the world: Melvin Rhyne, Pharez Whitted, Bobby Broom, Slide Hampton, Bobby Watson, Charles McPhearson, Claudio Roditi, Donald Harrison Jr., Syl Johnson, Steve Turre, Victor Goines, Willie Pickens, Sonny Fortune, and many others in cities throughout the United States.

Greg Ward is a saxophonist and composer that was born in Peoria, IL. Currently based in Chicago, Ward has had the opportunity to perform and record with a varied group of artists like Prefuse 73, Lupe Fiasco, Tortoise, William Parker, Makaya McCraven, Linda Oh, and Mike Reed. As a bandleader, Ward has produced 4 recordings including Fitted Shards: South Side Story, Phonic Juggernaut, Touch My Beloved’s Thought, and Rogue Parade. As a composer, he has also received commissions from the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Chicago Jazz Institute, the City of Chicago’s Made In Chicago: World Class Jazz Series, and the Peoria Ballet Company. He has also been awarded the New Music USA Van Lier Fellowship in 2012 and a DCASE IAP grant in 2017.

In July of 2018, Carroll/Artry/Ward released the first of three albums, Fellowship: Volume 1, with plans to release two more records in the near future.

JOEL PATERSON QUARTET - Guitar and steel guitar wizard Joel Paterson and his band of Chicago’s finest brings you the best in jazz, blues, Western swing and everything in between. Featuring Andy Brown, guitar; Beau Sample, bass; Alex Hall, drums. The Joel Paterson Quartet plays every Monday at Chicago’s iconic jazz club, The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge.


Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.

No stranger to adversity, Frank cut off his right middle finger in an automobile accident. After several surgeries and much effort, Catalano relearned his signature technique, making him one of the most in-demand musicians today. He regularly donates his musical services to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Also an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Yamaha acquired the patent rights and in 2007 they recieved a Special Merit Grammy Award for Technical Achievement. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Drambuie as well as numerous TV and Film productions.

When not on tour or in the studio, Frank enjoys composing classical music. Frank graduated from DePaul University with a BA in music composition and he plays piano, drums and flute in addition to the saxophone. Frank’s non-musical interests include classic cars and classic cocktails.

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