Upcoming Concert: Don't Miss the DW Jazz Orchestra


By Lexi Vollero

Change your plans this Tuesday. You’ll thank me later.

On Tuesday, February 19th at 8 p.m., the DW Jazz Orchestra is taking the stage at Evanston’s SPACE for the third time since its inception in 2016. The Chicago- and New York-based big band is led by Northwestern senior trumpeter Sam Wolsk and senior saxophonist/conductor Louis Danowsky, a dynamic duo that has been dominating Northwestern’s Jazz Studies program for the past three and a half years. You may have seen their individual talents on display conducting The 77th Annual Dolphin Show, Hello Dolly, or killing it on stage with R&B/Pop/Soul band Honey Butter (formerly known as Wop Street Bass Ritual) at Dillo Day last spring, but just wait until you see them truly in their element.

Their setlist is mixture of new takes on old jazz standards, original tunes off their 2018 album Live at Dizzy’s and a few fresh charts written specially for the occasion. “We just want to get our musical voices out there in a way people can relate to and want to dance to,” says Wolsk. “Big band jazz came into existence as dance music and we want to continue that tradition while putting our own modern-day spin on it.”

To achieve a sound that is sure to make you move your feet, they have recruited a 17-piece ensemble that showcases a range of student and professional performers along with special vocal features by Northwestern junior Bryan Eng, senior Alex Rothfield and alum Alex Kramer (Class of 2018). But even setting the music itself aside, their impressive resume speaks for itself: as student performers, they already have two albums under their belt, a record of collaborations with top young jazz talent and a fourth New York gig slated for August 11th at the iconic Birdland Jazz Club in Midtown Manhattan.

So, come see them while they’re still in supply because by the looks of it, the DW Jazz Orchestra is only going to keep growing and those GA tickets won’t stay $12 for long! Doors open at 7 p.m., so make sure to get there early, grab a seat and bring your dancing shoes.

Steven Norwalk