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Making Music Together

Imagine beginning your first semester at a new school and releasing an album with a faculty member at the same time. Such collaborations happen among the renowned faculty and talented students at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts

On September 17th, over 50 CCPA donors and community members came together to celebrate the release of Impressions Of A City. The album was produced by Paul Wertico, assistant professor of jazz studies and head of the jazz and contemporary music program. The album features Wertico on drums and incoming CCPA sophomore and scholarship recipient, Danny Markovitch on saxophone. Markovitch is among the 87% of 550 students who earned award scholarships from CCPA.

The evening highlighted the University’s mission in action by bringing together leaders from Chicago’s arts community, donors, the Chicago based music industry, world-renowned faculty and talented CCPA students. 

“A benefit of working at CCPA is the high caliber of students the conservatories attract. As a working professional, the ability to collaborate with students on outside projects gives me an opportunity to enhance their educational and performance experiences. It is the essence of the Roosevelt story,” said Wertico.

When describing the new album Wertico said, “It's a true cross-cultural meeting of our hearts and minds.  No written tunes, no pre-planned discussions, just setup and play some honest uninhibited improvisations with no ulterior motives...I'm thrilled to have this music on a CD!”