Drummer Dennis Mackrel is the Musical Director of the Count Basie Orchestra, carrying on the long tradition started by the Duke himself! Along with pianist Reggie Thomas and bassist Jeffrey Campbell, the trio brings a rich history of the American art form to the Doudna stage as the opening concert of the 55th Annual EIU Jazz Festival.
String quartet, string band, woman's vocal quartet, jaw-dropping improvising world-music collective...pick a box and Real Vocal String Quartet will think outside it, with style. RVSQ plays original songs and unique arrangements that pay tribute to music from Appalachia to Kenya to Brazil, with sparkling improvisation that impresses and moves.
World-renowned musical acts are a staple of Doudna Fine Arts Center’s performance schedule; incredible talents representing a number of genres grace the stages of the Doudna every year, and we’re proud to bring them to the EIU and Charleston communities.
Outside acts, however, are just on segment of the musical performances staged here at DFAC. Eastern’s Department of Music is housed within the Doudna, and its student/faculty body is constantly staging recitals and other performances within the building’s facilities that are open for public attendance.
In either case, a listing of those performances will be available here as they are scheduled.