With a world-renowned jazz saxophonist, flutist and clarinetist to accompany them, the Northwestern Jazz Band plans to end the year with a bang.
A Grammy Award-winning musician, Justo Almario has much success of which to boast. Almario has performed with popular artists like Queen Latifah, Jennifer Lopez, Freddie Hubbard, Roy Ayers, Sergio Mendes, Billy Higgins, Tito Puente, Bebe Winans, Chaka Kahn and Herb Alpert.
Almario has contributed to many prestigious Oscar and Grammy Award-winning works throughout his career. Such productions include “Frenesi” by Linda Ronstadt, “A Mi Alma Latina” by Placido Domingo and “Mercy” by Andrae Crouch. Many recognize the films “Happy Feet” and “Sideways,” of which Almario was an integral part.
Hailing from Colombia, Almario melds much of his cultural sounds with his Jazz emphasis.
The jazz band’s final production will solo feature Almario on a diverse repertoire of pieces including popular, jazz and Spanish works.
During a visit to NW in the fall of 2009, Almario performed with the Jazz group Open Hands in both a chapel and private concert. After making an appearance in Friday’s chapel, Almario will accompany the jazz band in their concert Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Christ Chapel. Admission is free and open to the public.