DePaul Jazz Ensemble
DePaul Jazz Ensemble Credit: Doug McGoldrick

DePaul’s music department has long been one of the strongest in the Chicago area, and in recent years a remarkable number of musicians who’ve spent time in its jazz program have ascended to the national stage. Not everyone on this list graduated, but there’s no disputing the talent and vision of the players who’ve been touched by DePaul’s faculty: saxophonists Jon Irabagon, Matana Roberts, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Nate Lepine, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, trumpeter Amir ElSaffar, trombonist Nick Broste, guitarist Jon Lundbom, and cellist Tomeka Reid, to say nothing of experimental types such as Jim O’Rourke and Greg Davis.