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Sizzling and Mellow, Chicago Afro Latin Jazz Ensemble Heads to Freedom Hall

Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble (CALJE) will perform at Freedom Hall in Park Forest on Saturday, February 22. Jazz guitarist, Neal Algar joins CALJE and will contribute original Latin Jazz compositions.

Park Forest, IL, February 13, 2014 --( It’s hot and cool, steamy and mellow and definitely captivating.

With an international ensemble of gifted musicians and a global sound, CALJE – Chicago Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble -- fuses contemporary jazz with stimulating Afro-Latin rhythms. This month, the acclaimed band takes its distinctive music to the Nathan Manilow Theatre stage in Freedom Hall for what promises to be a riveting performance.

Founded in 2006 by Nicaraguan pianist/composer, Darwin Noguera & Mexican trumpeter/composer Victor Garcia, these long-time musical collaborators envisioned an endeavor Latin music that would follow in the innovative footsteps of pioneering Cuban bands.

Neal Alger joins CALJE for the Feb. 22 show. Alger has become an accomplished stage musician and in-demand studio guitarist. A self-described “freelance musician,” Alger has performed with CALJE several times and was asked to join the band again and contribute one of his original compositions for its Freedom Hall debut.

“I’m really excited,” Alger said in a recent interview. “This will be my first performance there,” he said of Freedom Hall, a venue boasting a long history of legendary artists and shows.

Alger talked about his passion for live shows while acknowledging the plus side of studio work. “Recording has its advantages – you can really tweak and rework arrangements,” he said.

“But once a live show is over, it’s done.

“For jazz musicians who like to improvise, the magic can happen and you never hear it the same again.”

Music lovers will not want to miss the magic of the 7:30 p.m., Feb. 22 performance. Tickets are $24, available at and by calling 708-747-0580. Freedom Hall is located at 410 Lakewood Blvd. in Park Forest, Illinois.

Upcoming Freedom Hall shows include for children and kids at heart, the ArtsPower Theater production of the beloved picture book “Are You My Mother?” at 7 p.m., March 14, tickets $8; Cherish the Ladies at 11 a.m., March, 25, tickets $13; and closing the season, Jason Petty performs “Frankly Hank,” a one-man tour de force of the life and music of Hank Williams, 11 a.m., April 8, tickets $13.
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