Darwin Noguera's Evolution Quintet will be the featured guest artist for the annual "Brooks Jazz Night," being held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium at Brooks. The Evolution Quintet consists of some of Chicago's best Latin and jazz musicians, including Darwin Noguera (piano), Victor Garcia (trumpet), Greg Ward (alto saxophone), Josh Ramos (bass) and Ernie Adams (drums). This event will also feature performances by the Brooks Jazz Lab Band, Jazz Ensemble, and the school's small vocal ensembles (Barbershop, Beautyshop and Shoppettes). Tickets for Brooks Jazz Night are $8 for adults and $6 for students (16 years and under). They can be purchased in advanced through the district's webstore.
Bravo for BRAVO! Sorry, we couldn't resist. Apparently no one else can either. BRAVO is the acronym for the celebrated Band, Repertoire, Art, Vocal and Orchestra arts program at Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School in Oak Park, and at the moment, it's on fire — specifically the theater branch, under the decade-long leadership of artistic director Tina Reynolds.