North Central College - Naperville, IL

College features performance by a cappella jazz group Take 6 on Feb. 20

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Contact: Ted Slowik, Director of PR and Media Relations, 630-637-5307, North Central College will feature a performance by the a cappella jazz and pop group Take 6 at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Founded in 1985 in Alabama and now based in Nashville, Take 6’s popular numbers include “Seven Steps to Heaven,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Back to You,” “Do You Know What It Means” and their cover of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On.” Tickets are $40 and $30; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469). Visit for more information about the group. Take 6With its roots in gospel, doo-wop, and the sophisticated jazz-influenced singing groups of mid-century America (such as the Hi-Los), Take 6 is both a throwback to an earlier, more genteel era of American music and a precursor for a number of black male pop groups of the 1990s, most notably Boyz II Men. “The vocal blend is characteristically sharp and seamless,” The New York Times said of the group’s 2008 release, “The Standard,” which featured such guest musicians as trumpeter Roy Hargrove and jazz singers Al Jarreau and Jon Hendricks. Take 6 members include David Thomas, Alvin Chea, Cedric Dent, Mark Kibble, Claude V. McKnight III and Joey Kibble (who replaced Mervyn Warren). McKnight and Mark Kibble caught the a cappella bug at Alabama's Oakwood College in the early 1980s, forming a vocal group that solidified into Take 6 when singer/arranger Warren joined in 1985. After signing a pact with the Reunion label in 1988, they recorded arrangements of spirituals and newly composed material on the group's first album, “Doo Be Doo Wop Bop!” Throughout their lengthy career, Take 6 has also recorded Christmas carols, toured with Al Jarreau, appeared on Quincy Jones’ all-star “Back on the Block” album and utilized instrumental backing (which began with 1994's “Join the Band”). Their 1996 release “Brothers” indicated a turn toward commercial soul music, and the group returned in 1998 with “So Cool.” “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” appeared a year later. “Beautiful World,” released in April 2002, showcased an incredible instrumentation and Take 6's new musical approach, while “Feels Good” furthered the band's prolific career in 2006. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).