North Central College jazz faculty Jim Cox, Jack Mouse perform Sept. 20

Aug 16, 2013

North Central College jazz faculty members Jim Cox and Jack Mouse will perform “The Revenge of The Rhythm Section” Sept. 20 at the College.

The performance begins at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, in North Central College’s Madden Theatre at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave. Tickets are $20/adults and $15/students and seniors; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Cox is a jazz bassist with an extensive discography of more than 100 CD releases, including styles as diverse as jazz, bluegrass, klezmer, folk, cabaret and pop. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in music performance on double bass. Soon after graduating, he toured for three years with Earl “Fatha” Hines.

For the past 15 years he has been working regularly with famed pianist Marian McPortland and also performs with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band. Cox has taught at Benedictine University, DePaul University, College of DuPage and Barat College. He has also served on the faculties of Birch Creek Music Camp, Saskatchewan Summer School of the Arts and Illinois Summer Youth Music.

Mouse, a jazz drummer, was recently honored with an Aquarian Award of Achievement, presented by Aquarian DrumHeads in acknowledgemnt of his contributions as a jazz educator and performer. Upon graduating from college, Mouse spent three years as a featured soloist with the U.S. Air Force Adademy Falconaires. Since then, he has performed with an array of outstanding jazz artists, including Stan Kenton, Clark Terry, Herb Ellis, Joe Williams and the Jack Reilly Trio.

A member of the Janice Borla Group since 1985, Mouse can be heard on Borla’s CDs, including her recent release “From Every Angle.” He has also recorded three CDs with the Dan Haerle Trio, including the band’s latest release “Aspirations.” Mouse’s first recording as a leader, “Range of Motion,” featuring original compositions, was recently released on the Origin Records label and has received rave reviews and international radio play.

Mouse is coordinator of jazz studies at North Central College and a staff artist/clinician for Yamaha Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Aquarian DrumHeads. Visit to learn more.

North Central College’s 2013-2014 Fine and Performing Arts Season is partially sponsored by USG Corporation and a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. Season supporters include BMO Harris, Bulley & Andrews, Casa by Charleston, Grant Thornton, J.P. Morgan, Main Street Promenade, Marquette Properties, Nicor Gas, Ryan Hill Realty, Turner Construction Company, U.S. Bank Private Client Reserve and Water Street Development.