Bringing Jazz Back to the MLA

The MLA is returning to its roots! Over the years, Lead Belly, Bytown Troubadours, John Lomax, smokers, and others have provided musical enjoyment for MLA convention attendees. On Thursday, 3 January 2019, the internationally renowned jazz performer and educator Bob Lark will treat MLA convention goers to a thrilling evening of live music and entertainment at this year’s MLA Night Out.

Lead Belly playing guitar

Lead Belly


Following in the footsteps of jazz greats like Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, and Nat King Cole, Bob Lark is keeping alive the traditions of Chicago jazz and educating a whole new generation of jazz musicians. Professor of Jazz Studies at DePaul University, Lark teaches jazz trumpet, pedagogy, and jazz history and directs the university jazz ensemble.


Bob Lark playing flugelhorn

Bob Lark

Known for his lyrical style and warm tone, Lark is a master trumpeter whose music—from hard bop to cool jazz—highlights life’s emotions. Lark and his ensemble have toured nationally and internationally, performing and recording with a who’s who in jazz, including Phil Woods, Clark Terry, Bob Brookmeyer, and Tom Harrell. The Bob Lark Ensemble comes out swinging! This is certainly an event you won’t want to miss.

MLA Night Out will take place at the Fairmont Chicago’s famous Rouge Showroom. Located on the hotel’s lobby level, the Rouge is a sophisticated and elegant venue. This former supper club is the perfect space to relax and enjoy drinks, friends, and music.

It may be cold outside, but it will be hot at the Rouge. Get your ticket today!

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