Academic Music Department
Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble

July 28, 2022

Directed by Douglass Bratt

Dorothy Menker Theater

Russ Phillips Merlo

Russ Phillips, Trombone
Russ Phillips was born in Denver, but grew up and studied in the Chicago area after his father, Russ Phillips Sr., left Louis Armstrong’s All Stars as trombonist for 1 1/2 years. Continuing in the tradition, Russ has become a well-known, busy and respected performer in and around Chicago and nationally on the jazz festival circuit. Russ has performed with virtually every big band in Chicago, with small Dixieland and jazz ensembles as leader or sideman in clubs like The Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s, Fitzgerald’s, Winter’s Jazz Club and many, many more. He’s been a featured artist in dozens of festivals, cruises and concerts where he’s performed with Howard Alden, Harry Allen, Doc Cheatham, Kenny Davern, The Four Freshman, Lionel Hampton, The Woody Herman Orchestra, Dick Hyman, Houston Person, Bucky Pizzarelli, Doc Severinsen, Allan and Warren Vache and many others. He has recorded three solo CDs and appears on several others including four with John Sheridan’s Dream Band on the Arbors Jazz label.

L Malewicz

Luke Malewicz, Trombone
Luke Malewicz, a native of Nowa Sol, Poland, moved to Chicago at the age of 11. He showed exceptional promise as a young musician, having started trombone at age 6. After receiving degrees from the Jacobs School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music, he returned to Chicago where he currently resides as a freelance trombonist and educator. He teaches at Moraine Valley Community College along with several other Chicago area schools and colleges and performs at some of Chicago’s best jazz venues including Andy’s Jazz Club, the Jazz Showcase, and the Green Mill.

Luke is a sought-after clinician/guest artist, as well. Some of his clinics and guest performances include DePaul University, Michigan State University, Indiana University, Northeastern University, Saint Xavier University, Rolling Meadows Jazz Festival, Downers Grove North High School, New Trier High School and Oswego High School. He has performed with Luis Bonilla, Ingrid Jensen, Stefon Harris, David Liebman, Elliot Mason, The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Rob Parton Big Band, Mary Wilson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and the Grammy Award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra.

Among his current projects Luke is the leader of two sought-after Chicago-based ensembles, the Heritage Quartet and the Heritage Jazz Orchestra. The Heritage Quartet performs mainly adaptations of Polish folk music as well as original compositions inspired by European Jazz and was one of the groups performing at the 2016 Chicago Jazz Festival. The group also tours internationally and has

performed to sold-out venues in Warsaw and Krakow. The Heritage Jazz Orchestra is a full big band led by Luke that performs throughout Chicago.

Luke is also a member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra and the musical director for Big Bad Bones, which is a four trombone ensemble that brings the energy and intensity of a full big band with just four trombones and rhythm section. Big Bad Bones is under the artistic direction of Luis Bonilla (Vanguard Jazz Orchestra) and tours throughout the United States and Europe. Luke is an artist and clinician for Yamaha Trombones, plays AR Resonance Mouthpieces exclusively and uses AMT Microphones.

Doug Brat

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 their full-length album, “Stone Bratt Big Band,” in 2008.

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. 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 I/II)—Moraine Valley Student
Tom Hahn (Tenor I)—Musician/Home Builder
Salvador Macias (Alto I/II)—Moraine Valley Student
Mike Maksym (Baritone)—Product Development Director
John Ruf (Tenor II)—Engineer

Marvin Davis—Musician
Paul Howard—Musician
Frank Huber—Retired
Liam Van Dril—Technician
Cesar Vazquez—Moraine Valley Student

Mick Giera—Music Education Major
Stephanie Renfrow—Security Guard
Sebastian Santos—Student
Kevin Schoenbach—band Director/Musician

Sam Schacker* (Guitar)—Musician/Educator
Joni Hoerger (Piano)—Music Director
Scott Kirby (Bass)—Automotive Technician
Johnny Poindexter (Drums)—Teacher

*Denotes Moraine Valley Music Faculty Member

The selections for this evening’s performance by the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble will be chosen from the following:

A Beautiful Friendship
Donald Kahn and Stanley Styne

Bill Holman

Don’t Take Your Love From Me
Harry Nemo
Arranged by Mark Nightingale

Arranged by Bill Rogers

Goin’ Home
William Arms Fisher
Arranged by Van Alexander

La Almeja Pequeña (The Little Clam)
Gordon Goodwin

Makin’ Whoopee
Gus Kahn and Walter Donaldson
Arranged by Thad Jones

Polka Dots and Moonbeams
Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Burke
Arranged by Bill Holman

September in the Rain
Harry Warren
Arranged by Callum Au

Vortex (Endless Winter)
Patty Darling

When I Fall In Love
Victor Young and Edward Heyman

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Selections for the Moraine Valley Jazz Ensemble’s performance will be chosen from the following:"

Chunka Lunka
Mary Lou Williams

God Bless the Child
Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr
Arranged by Marvin Davis

Ground Hog
Duke Pearson

‘Round Midnight
Thelonious Monk
Arranged by Bob Washut

Slow Your Roll
Paul Baker

Struttin’ With Some Barbecue
Lillian Hardin Armstrong and Don Raye
Arranged by Mike Tomaro

Matt Catingub

Tuning Up
Toshiko Akiyoshi

Un Poco Mas
Paul Baker

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Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Technical Director

Manager of Theater Operations and Services

Assistant Technical Director


Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Sean McIntosh

Julian Tillery

Amanda Hantson

MaryAnn Luciano-Smith

Cecilia Vargas

Ramsey Bauer, Karen Datro, Page Domikaitis, Tom Gerez, Robin Kmiec, Jim Novak, David Roczkowski, Lisa Rock, Sujith Saju

Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

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