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Jazz trumpeter Doug Scharf performs Nov. 4 at North Central College

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Trumpeter and acclaimed North Central College jazz faculty member Doug Scharf performs Nov. 4 in the College’s intimate Madden Theatre.

“An Evening with Jazz Trumpeter Doug Scharf” begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, in the College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $15/adults and $12/students and senior citizens; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Joining Scharf for the performance are saxophonist Mitch Paliga, pianist Frank Caruso, bassist Jim Cox  and drummer Jack Mouse—all fellow North Central jazz faculty members and highly praised instrumentalists.

Scharf’s improvisational abilities as a jazz trumpeter keep him busy playing both modern and traditional jazz gigs. He began working as a trumpet player and composer/arranger in the early 1970s in his hometown of Chicago. Since then, he has played with numerous music legends, including Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Tony Bennett, Chuck Mangione, Stevie Wonder and Tito Puente.

His career took off when he moved to Los Angeles in 1986 to write music and play trumpet in the house band for “The Late Show with Joan Rivers.” While working on the show, he wrote original themes and arrangements for guests such as Elton John, Cher and many more.

Since returning to Chicago, Scharf has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, Jerusalem Jazz Festival and other festivals. He currently performs with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the bands of Brad Williams and Eddie Harrison and the locally produced television show “Svengoolie.” His talents may be heard on soundtracks for the films “Major Dad,” “FernGully: The Last Rainforest” and “Salsa.”

Scharf teaches jazz trumpet at North Central College and gives private lessons.

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).