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Jazz pianist Frank Caruso performs April 20 at North Central College

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Pianist and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Frank Caruso performs April 20 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Pianist Frank Caruso” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, April 20, in Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

A natural prodigy, Caruso has played piano professionally since he was 12. After studying at DePaul University, Caruso played with the U.S. Navy jazz band—the Commodores—in Washington, D.C., and was a featured performer at the White House birthday party for Duke Ellington.

Since then, he has appeared with many well-known musicians, such as Luciano Pavarotti, Henry Mancini, Louis Bellson, Maynard Ferguson, the Count Basie Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

His most recent albums “Heart of the City,” in collaboration with saxophonist Mark Colby, and “Songs from the Kingdom of Jazz” with saxophonist Jim Massoth, all have received wide critical acclaim. He has recently co-written with Karl Mollison a jazz piano method book, “Piano Improvisation—A Powerful Practical System.” Caruso will be joined onstage by other members of North Central College’s jazz faculty including vocalist Janice Borla, vibraphonist Brad Stirtz, bassist Eric Hochberg and drummer Jack Mouse. Visit for more information.

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).