Last year was a volatile one for inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall. With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo created at Columbia College Chicago in 1965. But facing significant budgetary pressures, Columbia began to consider folding the CJE, prompting both artistic director Hall and executive director Dumbleton to resign. This year, the CJE is on hiatus; Dumbleton is flourishing as an instructor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a champion of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival; and Hall is getting settled in as associate professor at DePaul University, where he took a position last fall as associate professor of music, focusing on jazz and ethnomusicology (he had previously been teaching at the University of Illinois).
9 p.m. Friday and 8 p.m. Saturday at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
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