• Terell Stafford

This weekend the Music Institute of Chicago presents a tribute to the great Billy Strayhorn, best known for his contributions (as composer and arranger) to the songbook of Duke Ellington. The festivities kick off Friday with a screening of a recently updated version of Robert Levi’s Emmy-winning documentary Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life, followed by a panel discussion with the filmmaker, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Strayhorn biographer David Hadju, trumpeter Terell Stafford, and WBEZ broadcaster Richard Steele. On Saturday Stafford leads his excellent quintet through a program of Strayhorn tunes, and on Sunday afternoon he’ll play with MIC faculty, reedist Victor Goines, singer Tammy McCann, and members of Northwestern University’s jazz ensemble. All events take place in Evanston at Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 W. Chicago.