Radio station WDCB presents a free jazz concert featuring Thaddeus Tukes and Friends. Thaddeus Tukes is a jazz composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist from Chicago. He's performed with a variety of artists, including Branford Marsalis, Victor Goines, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Nicole Mitchell, and Dee Alexander. Tukes has been showcased at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, and a host of other locations throughout the country.
Thaddeus graduated from Whitney Young Magnet High School on Chicago's Near West Side, and is a 2016 graduate of Northwestern University, where he studied Jazz Vibraphone and Piano, and Journalism. He is the first person in the country to receive a degree in jazz vibraphone from a non-conservatory university, public or private, and was the first student to major in jazz vibraphone at Northwestern. Among other awards and distinctions, in 2015 Tukes was named a Luminarts Jazz Fellow.