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First off, let’s get this out of the way – I am a proud alum of DePaul University. Located on Chicago’s North Side, DePaul has established itself as an anchor of jazz education in the Midwest, and Dr. Bob Lark, who directs the Jazz Ensemble, has put the group on the national jazz map through a series of excellent recordings released over the course of the last 20 years. Over that span, the group has recorded both live and in studio with many of the greatest names in jazz, including Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, Tom Harrell, Bobby Shew, Phil Woods, Slide Hampton, Jim McNeely and others. A lot of students have come and gone through DePaul’s program in that span of time, but the group’s consistent and excellent performances have never wavered. (more…)