The Fifth Element to Perform at JJC Musica Viva Concert Jan. 17

The public is invited to the Joliet Junior College Fine Arts Department’s next Musica Viva concert, which will feature the Chicago-area jazz ensemble, Reginald Robinson, pianist, and the Fifth Element, on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre on JJC’s Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet. Admission is free.

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Reginald Robinson, pianist

The Fifth Element is a six-person group that performs a combination of jazz, Latin, Caribbean, blues, funk, and ragtime music. The ensemble consists of frontrunner, pianist and well-known composer Reginald Robinson; Michael Levin, on saxophone, clarinet, and flute; Bob Griffin, on trumpet, Chad O’Brien, on trombone; Stu Greenspan on bass; and Rob Dicke on drums.

In the past, The Fifth Element has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the J.I.C. “Jazz City” concert series, and the Chicago City Winery.

Robinson, who’s previous career before The Fifth Element included composing scores for acclaimed theatrical productions such as “Each One As She May” by Frank Galati and “Intimate Apparel” by Lynn Nottage, is known for putting a modern twist on ragtime music. In 2004, he was awarded the rare and distinguished John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Award for his innovation in ragtime.

For more information about The Fifth Element, visit

The JJC Fine Arts Department has started a new Musica Viva Donors Fund, which will keep future programs free and ensure that the series features high quality musicians. Contributors will receive recognition and reserved choice of seats for the season. For every $50 donation, one free admission to the Feb. 21 New Orleans Brunch will also be provided.

To contribute, or for more information about the Musica Viva series or JJC’s Fine Arts Department, call 815-280-2223 or visit

JJC’s Musica Viva series, coordinated by Professor of Music Philip Spencer, includes guest performances throughout the academic year by JJC faculty and visiting artists. It is funded by a JJC Foundation Awards for Excellence grant.

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