Jazz Legends Perform at Mayslake Concert Oct. 12

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Legendary Jazz Musicians Willie Pickens and Peter Lerner Perform at Mayslake Oct. 12

Proceeds Go Toward Restoration of Historic Mayslake Hall 

(Sept. 28, 2017) — Enjoy an evening of fantastic jazz music as Willie Pickens and Peter Lerner perform at a WDCB (90.9) concert on Thursday, Oct. 12, at 8 p.m. at the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Mayslake Peabody Estate at 1717 W. 31st St. in Oak Brook.

All proceeds from the concert will go toward the restoration of historic Mayslake Hall.

The concert will highlight Pickens’ talent on piano and Lerner’s skills as a guitarist. Tickets are $15 per person and the concert is for ages 12 and up (under 18 with an adult). Purchase tickets online or by calling 630-206-9566.

Pickens began his career on a national hit record, Eddie Harris’ 1961 “Exodus.” He has appeared on recordings by Bunky Green and E. Parker McDougal and has performed with Sammy Davis Jr. and Quincy Jones, just to name a few. At 86, Pickens continues to be one of Chicago’s most in-demand pianists for visiting artists.

Born and raised in the multicultural, diverse Hyde Park area of Chicago, Lerner has been called a “musical chameleon” and is known for his multifaceted talent. He has performed with Gladys Knight, funk icon Bootsy Collins, jazz luminaries Ramsey Lewis and Lee Konitz, and many other great musicians. Since 1995, Lerner has taught jazz guitar and improvisation at Columbia College of Chicago, raising the next generation of musicians.

“The concert is sure to delight both jazz enthusiasts and general music lovers alike,” said Forest Preserve District Commissioner Jeff Redick, District 2.

“Help support beautiful Mayslake’s restoration and enjoy some spectacular jazz while you’re at it,” said Forest Preserve District of DuPage County President Joe Cantore. “Don’t miss it!”

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County has been connecting people to nature for more than 100 years. More than 4 million people visit its 60 forest preserves, 145 miles of trails, five education centers and scores of programs each year. For information, call 630-933-7200 or visit dupageforest.org, where you can also link to the District’s e-newsletter, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.


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