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Jazz guitarist John McLean performs March 30 at North Central College

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Audience members will enjoy an evening of stellar jazz by a member of North Central College’s acclaimed music faculty when guitarist John McLean performs March 30.

“An Evening with Jazz Guitarist John McLean” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

A native of Long Island, McLean attended high school in Detroit where he began playing gigs at age 16. After moving to Boston—where he attended the Berklee College of Music—McLean headed to Florida to earn his master’s degree from the University of Miami in 1988. Before settling in Chicago to concentrate on his music, he taught in Nova Scotia for three years.

Since then, McLean has appeared on more than 20 recordings, including albums led by fellow Chicago musicians Terry Collier, Grazyna Auguscik, Patricia Barber and Janice Borla. He has made appearances at clubs and festivals throughout the United States, Canada and Europe, including performances with jazz greats such as Randy Brecker, Jane Ira Bloom, Kurt Elling and Jerry Granelli.

Neil Tesser of the Chicago Reader says, “No jazz musician in Chicago can more quickly electrify a tune or galvanize an audience; for that matter, only a few jazz guitarists throughout the country can match the focused intensity of his playing. Once he has your attention, he holds onto it with quick, hard stories perched between street-talk and Olympian pronouncement.”

McLean is quickly becoming one of the leading figures of the Chicago jazz scene. His most recent recording, “Better Angels,” is available on Origin Records. McLean will be joined onstage by other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty including vocalist Janice Borla, saxophonist Mitch Paliga, pianist Frank Caruso and bassist Jim Cox. Visit to learn more.

North Central College offers undergraduate programs of study in music, jazz studies and choral and instrumental music education. Students take a combination of core music classes, private lessons, ensembles and other classes suited to their area of specialization or interest. Visit to learn more.

USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors of North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season. This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. 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. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. 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).