Jazz ComboMoraine Valley Jazz Combo
Directed by Mai Sugimoto

Dec. 7, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater


Straight, No Chaser—Thelonious Monk

Crisis—Freddie Hubbard

Recorda Me—Joe Henderson

Ornithology—Charlie Parker

Strasbourg/St. Denis—Roy Hargrove

Christmas Time is Here—Lee Mendelson/Vince Guaraldi

Midnight Drive—Jazz Combo Original


Juan Cruz
electric bass

Emmanuel Onyongo
alto saxophone

Alex Samuels

Cesar Vazquez

Mai Sugimoto

Mai Sugimoto
Director, SSC Jazz Combo and Jazz Orchestra

Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and active member of Chicago's jazz and improvisational music scene. Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. Born/Raised, her debut album (Asian Improv Records, 2018), explores this cultural and musical binary, juxtaposing, among others, a jazz rendition of a Japanese children's song alongside compositions inspired by the American jazz idiom. Sugimoto is also a core member of the quartet Hanami, whose two albums similarly mix Japanese culture into creative music. Mai has performed three times at the Chicago Jazz Festival: in 2015 with Hanami, in 2019 as a leader, and in 2018 with renowned bassist Tatsu Aoki, with whom she frequently plays, including appearances in his Fred Anderson Legacy Band. Her first solo album, monologue (Asian Improv Records) was released in March 2021.

Mai earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Music in jazz studies from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is also the director of South Suburban College's Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Combo.

Fine and Performing Arts Center Staff

Managing Director

Technical Director

Assistant Technical Director


Art Gallery Coordinator

Front-of-House Staff

Technical Crew

Tommy Hensel

Sean McIntosh

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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