Jazz EnsembleMoraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Featuring Vince Clark

Directed by Douglass Bratt

Dec. 2, 2022

Dorothy Menker Theater


Tonight’s Special Guest:

Vince Clark

Vince Clark

Vince Clark is a Chicago-based, jazz vocalist, trombone player, and band leader, who has been performing professionally in and around the Chicago area for over 40 years. As a young trombonist at Marist High School, he played with the IIT and Vander Cook College Jazz Ensembles under the tutelage of Neil Dunlap. Vince went on to study Jazz Performance at the University of North Texas, before eventually turning his attention to his true passion of vocal performance.

He is a co-founder and manager of the 18-piece Outcast Jazz Band, with whom he spent his formative years exploring his love and affinity for the likes of Louis Jordan, Nat Cole, Tony Bennett and Joe Williams.

Vince performs monthly with the Outcasts at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, Elmhurst Hall and Lockport’s Roxy Theatre. In addition to his work with the OJB, he appears several times a month at Chicago’s Green Mill Lounge as part of their 1930s Radio Hour. He is also a frequent guest singer with local musical chameleons Tributosaurus, and plays often with Dag Juhlin’s Expo ‘76 & the Total Pro Horns

Doug Bratt

Douglass Bratt
Director, Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Chicago-area percussionist and educator, Douglass Bratt, has performed at the Jazz à Vienne, North Sea and Montreux Jazz Festivals as well as noted Chicago venues such as the Jazz Showcase, the Green Mill and Millennium Park. He has worked alongside colleagues such as Kyle Asche, Kimberly Gordon, Stuart Mindeman, Sarah Marie Young, Jo Ann Daugherty, Victor Garcia, Rich Moore and Liam Teague. In addition, Bratt performed with Under the Streetlamp, a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys, in their second national PBS television special. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer, Douglas Stone, to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released a full-length album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008 and will be releasing a full-length concert video in early 2023.

Bratt has taught students ranging in age from 4 to 80 and has been a clinician/visiting artist at DePaul University, the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University, VanderCook College of Music as well as numerous K-12 programs throughout Illinois. Other invited appearances include guest directing the 2021 Illinois Music Education Association (ILMEA) District 8 Senior Jazz Ensemble, presenting at the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC) and serving as a panelist for the 2012 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). Under his direction, the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2017 IMEC. In 2015 Bratt was inducted into the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Co-Curricular Hall of Fame.

Bratt is a tenured professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as coordinator of Academic Music, instructor of applied percussion and directs the college’s jazz ensemble, concert band and percussion ensemble. A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Bratt was host of the 2016 Illinois PAS Day of Percussion and has served as both president and secretary/treasurer of the Illinois PAS Chapter. Douglass Bratt also is proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

Bratt received a bachelor’s degree in music and a master’s degree in music with an emphasis in percussion performance and pedagogy from Northern Illinois University, where he toured for three years in the acclaimed NIU Jazz Ensemble. Additional scholarship includes a bachelor’s in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and African drumming and dance studies with Ghanaian master-drummer, Frederic Kwasi Dunyo. His principal percussion instructors are Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore, and William Elliott, SGM.

Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble Personnel

Rachel Antone (Alto)—Musician
Salvador Macias (Baritone)—Moraine Valley Student
Carolyn Modrich—Moraine Valley Student
Emmanuel Onyango (Alto)—Moraine Valley Student
John Ruf (Tenor)—Engineer
Michael Salter (Tenor)—Musician/Educator

Marvin Davis—Musician
Paul Howard—Musician
Frank Huber—Retired
Tom Tumino—Insurance Adjuster
Liam Van Dril—Forklift Technician

Ken Cheney—Musician/Educator
José Pineda—Moraine Valley Student
Stephanie Renfrow—Security Guard
Robert Parham—Membership Specialist

Joni Hoerger (Piano)—Music Director Salem UCC
Scott Kirby (Bass)—Automotive Technician
Johnny Poindexter (Drums) —Teacher
Brien O’Callaghan (Guitar)*—Musician/Educator

*Denotes Moraine Valley music faculty member

Selections for this evening’s performance by the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

Black Hole Sun
Chris Cornell
Arranged by James Miley

Home for the Holidays (There’s No Place Like)
Al Stillman & Robert Allen
Arranged by Alan Glasscock

I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’
George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin
Arranged by Bill Potts

I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
Irving Berlin
Transcribed and Adapted by Alan Glasscock

Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne
Arranged by Roger Holmes

Machucando – Muevete
Ramón Luis Ayala Rodríguez
Arranged by Marvin Davis

Denzil Best
Arranged by Mike Tomaro

The Old Chief’s Lookout
Rick Hirsch

On the Ginza
Wayne Shorter
Arranged by Mark Taylor

Greg Yasinitsky

Billy Strayhorn

We Three Kings
John Henry Hopkins, Jr.
Arranged by Carlos Henriquez

Follow the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble on Facebook

Fine and Performing Arts Center
Upcoming Events

Girls Like Us Presents The Most Wonderful Time of The Year
Sunday, December 11, 2022
2 and 5:30 p.m.

Carpenters Christmas featuring Lisa Rock
Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022, at 7:30 p.m.

The Best of The Second City
Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.

and more!

Box Office: (708) 974-5500
For more information on performances or to purchase tickets online, visit morainevalley.edu/fpac.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Thank you to the following:

Managing DirectorTianna Conway⁠

Technical Director⁠—Sean McIntosh

Assistant Technical Director—Amanda Hantson

Manager of Theater Operations and Services—Julian Tillery

Secretary—MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Art Gallery Coordinator—Jackie Lewis

Front-of-House Staff—Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Nicholas Mokelke, Jim Novak, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Production Crew—Camari Morrison, Liam Law, Natalie Cross

Moraine Valley Fine and Performing Arts Department

Kiana Battle, Dean of Liberal Arts
Lisa Kelsay, Assistant Dean of Fine & Performing Arts
Nick Thomas, Department Chair
Douglass Bratt, Music Coordinator
Paula Young, Fine Arts and Humanities Assistant
Leah Cassella, Music and Arts Assistant

By attending this performance, you acknowledge that you have granted permission to appear in photographs, video capture and capture by other media in all public spaces in the Fine and Performing Arts Center. Your image may be used by Moraine Valley Community College for promotional purposes. This blanket permission releases and  waives any claim against the college and its employees arising from the use of such images in any medium.