Pritzker Jazz Band opens for Pete Ellman Big Band

Nicole Chamorro singing for the Jazz Band at Fitzgerald. Photo Credit: Mireya Aguilar

By Mireya Aguilar ’16

On Wednesday, Sept. 30, at  7p.m., the Pritzker Jazz Band opened a show at Fitzgerald in Berwyn. The Fitzgerald building was built in the early 1900s, and it is known for its live music and welcoming atmosphere.

Many family members and Pritzker students were welcomed to watch the performance. Maria Rivera who is the mother of Naomi Rivera, a senior and first year pianist for Jazz Band, waited patiently in the crowd. Rivera excitedly stated before the show that she was “looking forward to [good music] and just to see their faces when they get the applause.” Many other family members and audience members anxiously waited in the crowd for the show to begin.

The performance was full of surprises. As Benjamin Das, the Band teacher, explained, Jazz Band gained new vocalists this year and plans to use them to their advantage. Jaws dropped in the audience when Nikole Chamorro, a senior and first year vocalist for Jazz band, sang a cover of Cry Me a River.  Chamorro also joined the Pete Ellman Big Band for a joint performance. Adrian Ortega, a senior and third year trumpet player,  is also a new vocalist  and got the crowd going with a cover of Basin Street Blues.  

At 8 p.m., The Pete Ellman Big Band began their performance. Pete Ellman is a professional trumpet player. He is known for performing with well known artists such as Wayne Newton, Aretha Franklin, and Bob Newhart. The members in the Pritzker Jazz Band were honored and excited to open for their performance.

The show ended with words  from Ellman. He thanked the audience and Pritzker for coming out to Fitzgerald and making this show a great one.