Tuesdays are always FREE for Illinois residents.
Pharez Whitted is a performer, educator, composer, producer, and clinician. He has performed throughout the United States and overseas, including performances at the Presidential Inauguration, The Arsenio Hall Show, Billboard Music Awards, Carnegie Hall, and major jazz festivals throughout the country, to name a few. Whitted studied music at DePauw University and went on to earn a master’s degree from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has taught at prestigious colleges and universities such as Wabash College, The Ohio State University, and most recently Chicago State University. He is currently the director of the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra's (CYSO) Jazz Orchestra. Whitted has performed with such notable musicians such as Branford Marsalis, George Duke, Elvin Jones, Kirk Whalum, John Mellencamp, Nancy Wilson, Meshell Ndegeocello, Chaka Khan, and his uncle Slide Hampton. He has two albums that were released on the MoTown Jazz Label (MoJazz) and three other recently released albums on various labels. Whitted was recently named Chicagoan of the Year in Jazz 2016.
In case of rain, the event takes place inside the MCA's Kovler Atrium.