DW JAZZ ORCHESTRA
with Alex Hope Kramer
The DW Jazz Orchestra is a 17-piece big band led by saxophonist/conductor Louis Danowsky and trumpeter Sam Wolsk, two 21-year-old jazz students at Northwestern University.
Inspired by the bands of Count Basie, Thad Jones, Quincy Jones, and Christian McBride among others, the band formed as an outlet for the duo’s compositions and arrangements.
They released their debut album, Coalescence, in May 2017, featuring the original works of Danowsky, Wolsk, and their colleagues at Northwestern.
The ensemble has since performed several times in New York and Evanston, IL, including a debut at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola where they recorded their second album, Live At Dizzy’s, released in December 2018.
The ensemble has featured some of the brightest young jazz musicians and professionals from New York, including Benny Benack III, Julian Lee, and Julius Rodriguez, and will feature this time around a powerful lineup of Chicago musicians.