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Jazz Ensemble, Combo perform with Tito Carrillo April 1

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combo will present a concert featuring guest trumpeter Tito Carrillo Friday, April 1, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman University campus.

The concert is open to the public. Tickets for the Sound Quality Concert Series event are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students. The event is part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program. Tito Carrillo’s appearance is made possible through the Furman Student Government Association.

Dr. Matt Olson, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman, will conduct the ensemble and combo.

The performance features music by Charlie Parker, George and Ira Gershwin, Oscar Hernandez, Bronislau Kaper, and Maria Schneider, among other composers.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at 864.294.2086, or email the department at

About Tito Carrillo

A native of Austin, Texas, Tito Carrillo is the full-time jazz trumpet professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carrillo is an accomplished trumpeter, educator, bandleader, composer, and arranger, and since 1996, has established himself as a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scenes.

He has worked with Chicago heavyweights Willie Pickens, John Moulder, Patricia Barber, Ryan Cohan, and Dana Hall; big bands such as the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, and the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra; jazz greats such as drummer Louis Hayes, trumpeter Jon Faddis, and saxophonist Vincent Herring; salsa legends such as Andy Montañez, Tony Vega, and Cheo Feliciano; latin jazz giants Tito Puente and Paquito D’Rivera; and pop icons Quincy Jones and Phil Collins.

Recent performances include engagements with Grammy-nominated Cuban flute virtuoso Orlando ‘Maraca’ Valle, Brazilian trumpet great Claudio Roditi, vocalist/Blue Note recording artist Jackie Allen, and the Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble.

Carrillo has played some of the most prestigious venues in the world, including Chicago’s Symphony Center, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and London’s Royal Festival Hall. His work has been heard at international jazz festivals in Chicago, Telluride, Montreaux (Switzerland), the Netherlands, and Finland. He has appeared on more than 20 CD recordings in his 14-year career, as well as the concert DVD “Quincy Jones: Live at Montreux 1996.”

He has helped to spread jazz awareness to Chicago’s inner city schools through the Ravinia Jazz-in-the-Schools outreach program. He presently continues an active career as a guest artist/clinician at secondary and collegiate jazz programs across the nation.

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