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r new release OF THE WEEK: aaron diehl “The Bespoke man’s narrAtive” on mack avenue r CD Reviews r news: Contempo’s 9th Annual Jazz Double Bill, Hugh Masekela’s N.American Tour, Ivo Perelman releases 3 new cds, 3rd Annual James Moody scholarship benefit, Will calhoun new release, fred anderson tribute r NEW RELEASES: WEEK OF 3/19/13 r SNEAK PEEK PREVEIW AT CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE AND INSIDE STRAIGHT’S NEW RELEASE,” PEOPLE TALK” r Special events, clubs, & musician calendars


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Contempo 9th Annual Jazz Double Bill April 13 and 14 All-Argentine Program Featuring Liderman Chamber Opera and Pablo Aslan Quintet The University of Chicago’s new music group, Contempo, presents the 9th annual double bill, pairing an imaginative program of new music and jazz unified by an 2 Argentinian theme in two performances, Saturday April 13 at 7:30 pm and Sunday April 14 at 3:00 pm. Contempo: JAZZ Double Bill is curated by Shulamit Ran, Contempo’s Artistic Director and the Andrew MacLeish Distinguished Service Professor of Music at the University of Chicago. The first set of the double bill presents Antigona Furiosa, a oneact stage opera by Argentinian-born and award winning Jorge Liderman, UChicago MS ’86 and PhD ‘88. Liderman transports Sophocles’ tragic tale of Antigone to the 1980s during Argentina’s politically-turbulent military rule. For decades, people who were deemed politically subversive disappeared without leaving a trace, and by decree were forbidden to be mourned by their women mothers, wives, sisters – and given no burial. The opera begins with Antigona in defiance, having chosen her own death over acquiescing to this travesty of justice and humanity. Artistic Director Ran said, “My first encounter with the opera was love at first hearing. Liderman tackled head-on the commissioning of the opera with the stipulation that it be scored for a triple trio of singers, pianists, and percussionists. He turned this unusual, somewhat unforgiving ensemble into a fascinating soundscape that enhances and propels the action forward. As the opera builds, we find ourselves gripped by its raw emotion, occasional cold wit, as well as its evolving lyricism and expressivity.” The powerfully staged production was awarded the Munich Biennale International Prize after its premiere in 1992. Stage director is Alexander Gelman, Producing Artistic Director of the Organic Theatre Company of Chicago whose credits include the Chicago Lyric Opera, New York Shakespeare Festival and The Juilliard School of Drama. Scenic director is Terrence McClellan, Assistant Director of the School of Theatre and Dance at Northern Illinois University who has worked with the Chicago Opera Theatre and Goodman Children’s Theatre among others. Featured performers for the opera include conductor Cliff Colnot, conductor of Contempo, and mezzo-soprano Julia Bentley, a prolific performer whose presence spans performances from the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to Fulcrum Point to the Chicago Lyric Opera.


In considering what to pair with a work of such power and potency in a double-bill format, “The

answer was almost self-evident,” said Ran. “Jorge had a fascination with tango and considered an early meeting with Piazzolla a formative experience. What better way to release the pent-up dramatic tension through which we are gradually led to the opera’s powerful conclusion than with some sizzling Argentinian fireworks, as performed by jazz artist Pablo Aslan and an all-star cast he has assembled for this occasion!”

Photography by ANITA KALIKIES

The double bill’s second set headlines world-class Argentinian bassist Pablo Aslan Quintet, performing jazz tango music and echoes of Astor Piazzolla. Aslan has collaborated with a wide range of artists including Yo-Yo Ma, Osvaldo Golijov, Lalo Schifrin and Paquito D’Rivera. His recording “Tango Grill” was included among the 3 nominees for Best Latin Jazz Album in the 53rd Annual GRAMMY® awards (2010). The concerts will take place in the Performance Hall at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 E. 60th St. (at Drexel Ave.), Chicago, IL 60637. Tickets are $25; students $5 with valid ID and can be purchased through the UChicago Arts Box Office.


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hugh masekela announces north american tour dates Best known for his international smash hit “Grazin In The Grass”, South African Trumpeter/ flugelhornist and vocalist Hugh Masekela has announced a North American tour with his band in the beginning in April. Masekela, a two time Grammy awarded artist is Africa´s most important jazz and world musician. He has covered the globe and played with just about every top star you can think of and wrote a number of international hits and has sold several million CDs. Visit http://www.hughmasekela.co.za/ for venues, showtimes, and tickets. 4.3 Bowling Green, OH 4.4 Detroit, MI 4.6 Atlanta, GA 4.7 Charlotte, NC 4.9 Lewisburg, PA 4.12 Washington, DC 4.13 Durham, NC 4.14 Philadelphia, PA 4.17 Tarrytown, NY 4.18 Concord, NH

4.19 Middletown, CT 4.20 New York, NY 4.21 Boston, MA 4.23 Calgary, AB, Canada 4.24 Calgary, AB, Canada 4.25 Edmonton, Canada 4.26 Saratoga, CA 4.27 San Rafael, CA 4.26 Saratoga, CA 4.27 San Rafael, CA


IVO perelman releases 3 albums, and yes, all at once...again At this point, those familiar with the Brazilian-born saxophone pioneer Ivo Perelman will find nothing surprising about his simultaneous release of three new albums on Leo Records. For most musicians, such largesse would be unthinkable. For Perelman, it is now par for the course: he released his previous three albums together in October of 2012, after releasing two others on the same day only a few months earlier. Now come “The Art Of The Duet, v. 1”; the quartet album “The Edge”; and another quartet album, originally designed as a trio date, called “Serendipity.” The release of these albums extends the remarkable period of creative intensity that has marked Perelman’s last three years (during which the visionary saxist has released 13 albums). Furthermore, the artist has released 51 albums in total as a leader, since his 1989 self-titled debut. This triple release also continues the saga of Perelman’s uncharted and adventurous creative journey - but this time with a significant shift in focus. Most of Perelman’s recent recordings have presented various deconstructions of his core quartet, comprising pianist Matthew Shipp, bassist and guitarist Joe Morris, and drummer Gerald Cleaver. On these three newest releases, however, Perelman collaborates with several other musicians - including the members of Shipp’s own working trio - to create various contexts in which to explore the bond between himself and the pianist, a relationship which has steadily matured into one of the most satisfying in modern music. To learn more about Ivo Perelman, visit www.ivoperelman.com


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the 3rd Annual James Moody Scholarship Benefit Concert & Celebration For over six decades, saxophone master James Moody serenaded lovers with his signature song Moody’s Mood for Love an improvisation on the chord progressions of I’m in the Mood for Love. How many of you can relate? On March 25, 2013 the Blue Note in New York City will host the 3rd Annual James Moody Scholarship for Newark Youth. This year’s event will feature, comedian, singer & actor Robert Klein as the Special guest and brings together a who’s who of the jazz world including Bill Charlap, Cyrus Chestnut, Anat Cohen, Paquito D’Rivera, Adam Nussbaum, Renee Rosnes, Gregory Porter, Gary Smulyan, Steve Turre and Diego Urcola among others, to celebrate the life of James and to support the foundation he and his wife Linda started 3 years ago to benefit Newark, New Jersey’s youth. Tickets to the James Moody Scholarship Benefit Concert & Celebration cost $35 for a bar seat, $65 for a table seat, and $100 for VIP seating. All proceeds from the concert will benefit the James Moody Jazz Scholarship Fund for Newark Youth. For more information on the event, please visit www.thebluenote.net. To make a donation to The James Moody Scholarship Fund, please visit www.jamesmoody.com


HARD-HITTING LIVING COLOUR DRUMMER WILL CALHOUN RETURNS TO HIS JAZZ ROOts Before he became famous as a member of the groundbreaking hard rock group Living Colour, Will Calhoun was an aspiring jazz drummer raised on a steady diet of his father’s bebop records. Calhoun goes back to his roots on his latest album, “Life In This World” out May 14 on the Motema label but to get there he takes a circuitous route through a wealth of musical experience around the globe. From studies with master musicians in Africa to experiments with electronic music in his home studio, Calhoun’s adventurous sonic imagination couldn’t help but expand the horizons of a stellar jazz recording which pairs the drummer with greats including Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison, Charnett Moffett, Marc Cary, Doug Wimbish, John Benitez and legendary bassist Ron Carter. “Life In This World is a spiritual title,” Calhoun says, “which to me just means the sonic world of my experiences. It’s Will Calhoun in the sense of what influences me and what inspires me, but aimed more towards a jazz audience.” Calhoun compares playing so many different styles of music to speaking several languages, stressing that “to keep a language sharp, you have to speak it with people.” There’s no doubt from “Life In This World” and his entire body of work that Calhoun is a fluent and soulful communicator in many diverse tongues. www.willcalhoun.com www.motema.com


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the chicago trio to pay tribute to Sax great Fred Anderson at the waterhole 3rd Annual James Moody Scholarship Benefit Concert & Celebration Fred Anderson (March 22, 1929 – June 24, 2010) was an American jazz tenor saxophonist who was based in Chicago, Illinois. With a distinctive forward-bent playing posture, Anderson’s playing was rooted in the swing music and hard bop idioms, but also incorporated innovations from free jazz, rendering him, as critics Ron Wynn and Joslyn Layne have written, “a seminal figure among Chicago musicians in the ‘60s.” In honor of Mr. Anderson, The Chicago Trio, fellow saxman Ernest Dawkins, bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Hamid Drake will be prforming selections from their album Velvet Songs to Baba Fred Anderson. “This 2 cd set recorded live at the Velvet Lounge a year before the legendary Fred Anderson passed away, is a fitting tribute by 3 Chicagoans to one of their own, the master tenor player, teacher, Velvet Lounge owner, advocate and AACM member, who helped foster the musical scene in that city possibly more than anyone else. This artistic outing is a pilgrimage in sound taking us into the deepest recesses of this eclectic medium known as “jazz”. These pieces conceived/composed by the 3 reflect all phases of their erudite abilities, their singular as well as collective approaches to the music both compositionally and improvisational while specifically highlighting Dawkins’ virtuosity as a player and showing the masterful abilities of Bankhead and Drake as well. The music crosses barriers displaying every conceivable aspect of the “jazz” language with an almost religious zeal.” You can catch the Chicago Trio at rhe Water Hole Lounge, 1400 S Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608 this Friday March 22, 2013 at 8PM.


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NEW RELEASES 3/19/2013 AVAILABLE AT YOUR FAVORITE RETAIL AND ONLINE OUTLETS

ALEX CLINE

ELLA FITZGERALD

JOVINO SANTOS NETO

KENNY WHEELER & NORMA WINSTONE

MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD

SEXMOB

TOMASZ STANKO NEW YORK QRT

VARIOUS ARTISTS

FOR PEOPLE IN SORROW LABEL: CRYPTOGRAMOPHONE

MIRRORS LABEL: EDITION RECORDS

WISTAWA LABEL: ECM

BEST OF THE BBC VAULTS LABEL: BBC

FREE MAGIC LIVE LABEL: INDIRECTO RECORDS

BOP LIVES! LABEL: DELMARK

PIANO MASTERS SERIES VOL.4 LABEL: ADVENTURE MUSIC

SEXMOB PLAY FELLINI LABEL: ROYAL POTATO FAMILY

VARIOUS ARTISTS

CHICAGO’S AVANT TODAY LABEL: DELMARK


THE BESPOKE MAN’S NARRATIVE

MACK AVENUE RECORDS

In fashion circles, the adjective “bespoke” denotes custom-made suits and shirts and signifies the person who designs and constructs them. On The Bespoke Man’s Narrative, his brilliant Mack Avenue Records debut, pianist Aaron Diehl extrapolates this notion to matters of musical invention. For all his collective orientation, Diehl commands attention at the piano. Addressing a Fazioli F-228 grand piano, he showcases a nuanced touch, a comfort zone with tempos ranging from rubato to brisk, encyclopedic harmonic knowledge, an abiding sense of blues expression and a will—when necessary—to swing. He’s assimilated vocabulary across the timeline, finding fresh, idiomatic ways to mix-and-match ideas drawn from a diverse cohort including, among others, John Lewis, Duke Ellington, Ahmad Jamal, Marcus Roberts and Kenny Kirkland. As he puts it, “My overall goal is trying to figure out how to connect all the language to make an interesting and engaging performance, and also develop my own voice. Why limit yourself to just playing something here and something there? It’s all gold.” www.aarondiehl.com

Photography by JOHN ABBOTT

NEW RELEASE of the week AARON DIEHL


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Christian mcbride & inside straight It’s not simply his abundant virtuosity that has made Christian McBride the most in-demand bassist of his generation. McBride consistently combines his deft musicianship with an innate ability to communicate his enthusiasm to an audience-a warm showmanship that transforms his own passion into infectious joy. It comes across whether he’s leading his own bands; sharing the stage with jazz legends like Sonny Rollins, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock or Pat Metheny; accompanying pop giants like James Brown, Sting or The Roots; or collaborating with classical masters like Kathleen Battle, Edgar Meyer or the Shanghai Quartet. Any time that McBride steps into the studio or onto a stage he plays what could be called “people music,” but it’s a particularly apt title for the second release by his hard-swinging acoustic quintet Inside Straight. Four years after Kind of Brown, the band’s acclaimed debut album, People Music delivers a more road-tested, “lived-in” Inside Straight, able to dig deep while projecting that ebullient vigor that has become McBride’s trademark. “People Music is my personal mantra as a musician,” McBride says of the title. “Sometimes jazz musicians can get too caught up in their own heads; they get so serious and so caught up in their creativity that they’re not bringing the people in. So I figure the best way to communicate is to let the people navigate where you should go.” For Inside Straight, that inclusiveness extends to the name of the band itself, famously the result of a contest that generated more than 3,000 submissions from fans. But more importantly, as is evident throughout the 8 original tunes on People Music, that means balancing intense interplay with an exuberant personal expression that speaks directly to the listener. “When you pull the people in, you can go anywhere as long as they feel like they’re a part of the ride,” McBride continues. That’s why Cannonball Adderley was always my hero-he always exemplified high artistry, but no matter how esoteric or abstract it could get, he still related to people. And I’ve always felt that this band plays ‘people music’.”

Photography by CHI MODU

people music


Make no mistake-there is a major difference between “people music” and “popular music” (though the two can overlap). McBride makes the distinction clear on the new album’s opening track, “Listen to the Heroes Cry.” The tune’s melody, evoking a modern spiritual, was inspired by the parade of vapid performances on a music awards show McBride watched one night, all garish spectacle and absolutely no substance. “It bothered me that the show was more about the image and less about the music,” he says. “It made me wonder what Duke Ellington or John Coltrane or Billie Holiday or Sarah Vaughan would think if they could see this. I think they would be crying.” Those icons would be cheered by People Music, however, which features two slightly different incarnations of Inside Straight. Six of the album’s eight tracks feature the core lineup of McBride, saxophonist Steve Wilson, vibraphonist Warren Wolf, pianist Peter Martin and drummer Carl Allen. The other two tracks substitute pianist Christian Sands and drummer Ulysses Owens, Jr., who have performed extensively with the band when Martin’s touring schedule with Dianne Reeves or Allen’s duties as Artistic Director of Jazz Studies at Juilliard keep them away from the bandstand. Sands and Owens also comprise McBride’s new trio, which will make its recording debut later this year. McBride contributes half of the repertoire for the album, but felt it was important to also feature pieces written by the other band members, all of whom are accomplished composers in their own rights. Wolf provides “Gang Gang,” the name that a dancer (like Wolf ’s wife) would use in place of a musician’s “Afro-Cuban” or “12/8” to refer to the song’s surging rhythm. Sands brings the bright-hued “Dream Train,” while Martin offers the stealth funk of “Unusual Suspects” which recalls the groove of “Used ‘Ta Could” from Kind of Brown. Wilson’s entrancing ballad “Ms. Angelou” draws inspiration from the words and rhythms of the great poet while also exemplifying the saxophonist’s own unique approach. “I think Steve did a very good job of capturing the feeling and soul of Maya Angelou’s words,” McBride says. “And it’s such a wonderfully unusual song. Just when you think you know where the chords or the melody are going, they don’t go there. It’s actually a microcosm of Steve’s improvising concept, because he’s always playing these incredibly different ideas. I think that’s why people love Steve Wilson so much-he’s very new school and very old school at the same time.” Something similar could be said for soul diva Whitney Houston, whose tragic passing last year inspired McBride to pen “New Hope’s Angel.” As he explains, “There have been some untimely deaths in the music world over the last few years, but Houston’s death really shook me up. As far as I’m concerned, she was one of the last great titans, somebody whose voice transcends genre. She had one of those voices where opera singers loved her, jazz singers loved her, pop singers loved her, country singers loved her. They knew that unmistakable sound, and it’s a shame that it had to be extinguished at such a young age.” The bassist’s other compositions for People Music demonstrate the breadth of his activities. “Fair Hope Theme” is an expansion of McBride’s main theme for the soundtrack of The Contradictions of Fair Hope, a documentary film directed by actress S. Epatha Merkerson. “The Movement Revisited” is drawn from his large-scale suite for choir and jazz ensemble dedicated to four icons of the Civil Rights movement-Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King, Jr. Even more important than the ideas behind the compositions is the thrilling music that Inside Straight makes from them. McBride bemoans the “unwritten contention that somehow swinging and imagination are mutually exclusive. I find this band very imaginative and very swinging. I like coming off the stage having broken a sweat. Inside Straight is something of a release for all of the members, because we get to come together and really play some swinging music. It’s become a classic car-a ‘69 Lincoln Continental.”

People Music will be available May 14 on Mack Avenue. www.christianmcbride.com


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JOE MARCINEK BAND BOTH SIDES

SELF RELEASED

JOE MARCINEK-GUITAR, STEPHEN COOK-VIOLIN, “WAZ”-KEYBOARDS, PETE KOOMANS-DRUMS, ADAM TURMAN-ALTO SAX

Written by Paul Abella Nearly right under our noses here in Chicago, there is some outstanding music happening on the Indiana side of the border. Some freakishly talented musicians have been making noise in Crown Point, Highland, Hammond and throughout “da region.” Bands like Freek Johnson and Fresh Hops might not ring a bell with jazz fans, but those groups are stacked with hotshot jazz players, and those two bands make up the nucleus of guitarist Joe Marcinek’s eponymous band. Clearly influenced by the 1970’s Grant Green and, to a lesser degree, John Scofield, this is a band that plays funky R&B flavored jazz, keeps deep in the pocket and gets people dancing. While their live repertoire encompasses music of both of those giants, as well as Stevie Wonder, the Grateful Dead and others, here they stick to a program made up exclusively of Marcinek’s originals, and it mostly, it doesn’t disappoint. Instead, it shows off an eclectic band led by a guitarist that can write some solid songs. The songs on Both Sides can be divided into three categories: really rippin’ funk tunes, perfectly paced jazz-funk tunes, and the very quirky 60 degrees in January. I’m going to assume that the last one was written during Chicago’s comically warm winter of 2012. It’s a slightly awkward New Orleans-esque groove that comes much closer to evoking Little Feat’s “Fat Man in the Bathtub” than anything of Dr. John’s. That said, much like that Little Feat tune, it absolutely works. It’s good for a smile on the face and a neck poppin’ good time. The perfectly paced jazz-funk tunes pop up in a few spots on Both Sides. First off, there’s the title track, which in a fair world would be getting airplay on jazz radio stations throughout the country and would turn Joe into a minor celebrity. Then there’s “Set You Free,” a fine slab of George Benson-styled ‘70s jazz funk. “Perception of Logic” might just be the most interesting thing on the disc, because it still cops the jazz-funk feel, but here, instead of coming from the angle of a Benson, Green or Scofield, it comes from the jazzier side of maybe the Allman Brothers. I keep thinking that a Dickey Betts or Warren Haynes vocal wouldn’t be out of place on this tune. But alas, it’s not there, and that leaves more room for some nice soloing from Marcinek and violinist Stephan Cook. The really rippin’ funk tunes are, for the most part, tons of fun. “Hyperbole” is a speedy funk jam based on a basic blues progression that gives the whole band a chance to blow––an opportunity which none of these gentlemen wastes. On “Sun God,” drummer Pete Koopmans gets dangerous close to Clyde Stubblefield’s “Funky Drummer” territory, and that tune cooks along nicely. Besides giving you a rundown of the tunes, it’s necessary to tell you how very talented these guys are as players. Marcinek shows a lot of depth for a player his age––he knows how to get a lot out of a solo. He’s got a jazz guy’s harmonic smarts, a rock guy’s knack for tension and release and a funk player’s sense of pocket. Buddy Pearson definitely deserves to be mentioned in the upper echelons of bass guitarists playing in (or near) Chicago. Waz is a tasteful and hard grooving keyboardist who gets business done, and the rest of this band are excellent as well. Joe and his band are young guys and they play around Chicago (and the Indiana suburbs) almost constantly. They’re well worth checking out, and while you’re at one of their gigs, pick up a copy of Both Sides.


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CAROLINE DAVIS QUARTET LIVE, WORK & PLAY SELF RELEASED

CAROLINE DAVIS-ALTO SAX, MICHAEL ALLEMANA-GUITAR, MATT FEGRUSON-BASS, JEREMY CUNNIGHAM-DRUMS

Written by Paul Abella Alto player Caroline Davis has been quite the busy person upon the Chicago jazz scene. Between helping to run the music series at Jerry’s on off nights (with some of Chicago’s best young players) as part of the Ears and Eyes series, the multiple groups she’s got a hand in, and her new CD, Davis seems to be a constant presence in and around Chicago. If Live, Work & Play is any indication, that formula is working well. All too often, musicians put CDs together that live comfortably in one box, drawing from one tradition. Gladly, Ms. Davis’s disc does nothing of the sort. With a crack band containing two alumnus of Von Freeman’s quartet, she’s got all of the support she might want or need to pack a wallop into the 10 songs here. From the relatively straight-ahead and swinging “Kowtow” or Charlie Parker’s “Cheryl,” to more modern grooves like on “Dionysus” and “Real Rims, For Kalvin,” Mike Allemana (guitar), Matt Ferguson (bass) and Jeremy Cunningham (drums) are stuck to the leader like ugly on a stick. Given talent of this stature, this disc is exactly what you’d expect…with some add-ons that you might not. One of the first things that I noticed about Davis’ playing is that it has a bit of an R&B edge to it. For all of the heady music going on here, I kept thinking Kenny Garrett and Maceo Parker when it came to placing her tone––which, of course, is no bad place to be––but it’s not the tone one would expect. But, then again, the happy surprise is something that we could use forever more of in the jazz world, and happy surprises are abound on Live, Work & Play. Kowtow” opens the disc with some fanfare before getting into swinging territory. I love the unadorned tone that Allemana uses on much of this disc––its dryness gives the disc some character. The pseudo-Bossa Nova groove of “Passive Cloud” is nice, as are the solos throughout. “Dionysus” starts off with some good interplay between Allemana and Davis, but once it gets cookin’, watch out, because it’s a lot of fun to listen to. The unison arrangement of “Cheryl” is a welcome change of pace from the usual off-to-the-races takes on Charlie Parker tunes. After the head, they briefly go into to some interesting territory before settling into a tasty groove. Caroline Davis is certainly on the right path to making a nice name for herself in Chicago and, given time, I think Live, Work & Play will be an important part of her early legacy. If her discs are this good this early in the game, then I am certainly looking forward to what she’s got planned for the future.


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JAMES SANDERS

w/t THE KEVIN O’CONNELL TRIO

BLUE VIOLIN: A LEGACY AMADEO

JAMES SANDERS-VIOLIN, KEVIN O’CONNELL-PIANO, STEWART MILLER-BASS, GEORGE FLUDAS-DRUMS

Written by Dan Healy Blue Violin: A Legacy, the newest recording from jazz violinist James Sanders, is a labor of love. Although he has excelled in diverse musical formats, ranging from Latin to the avant-garde, this particular project serves as a musical homage to Sanders’ favorite musicians and tunes in jazz’s esteemed tradition. Sanders himself began as a Yale-trained classical violinist until his first Windy City meeting with jazz violin legend, Johnny Frigo. This album pays effective tribute to such jazz violin legends as Frigo, Stuff Smith, Eddie South and Darnell Howard. The stellar quartet begins with O’Connell’s dynamic arrangement of the Kenny Barron classic, “Voyage,” then shifts to a jovial Latin feel for the great Rodgers and Hammerstein standard “It Might As Well Be Spring.” On this tune, O’Connell leads off with a crisp, virtuosic romp, followed by full-bodied, melodic solo from bassist, Stewart Miller. Sanders follows with a sure-footed solo of his own before bringing out his gypsy jazz roots in “Blue Violin,” a gem by legendary swing violinist Stuff Smith. Sanders thrives in this setting, while O’Connell floats effortlessly above the expert buoyant support of Fludas and Miller. Sanders and O’Connell excel on the Bud Powell stalwart tune, “Bouncing With Bud,” playing their most swinging solos of the recording. Fludas and Miller are truly impressive on the easy swinging Rodgers and Hart tune, “Manhattan.” On “S.O.S.” a remarkable, underperformed melody in jazz canon, the group combines elements of the original Wes Montgomery arrangement with O’Connell’s own additions. Sanders demonstrates supreme technical aplomb on this track, while O’Connell simply dazzles, making full use of the keyboard in a manner that is reminiscent of Mulgrew Miller. Sanders then takes a dip in a more modern pool, with Steve Swallow’s wonderful opus, “Falling Grace.” The recording loses its momentum on the up-tempo “Seven Steps to Heaven,” on which there are confusing musical moments, the band not comfortably reconciling the jazz and rock elements within the arrangement. The album immediately regains its footing, however, with a moving rendition of the incomparable jazz ballad, “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes.” An enjoyable addition to the jazz violin legacy.


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REBECCA SULLIVAN & MIKE ALLEMANA THIS WAY, THIS TIME

RHYME OR REASON RECORDS

REBECCA SULLIVAN-VOCALS, MIKE ALLEMANA, GUITAR, LOOPER

Written by Dan Healy This Way, This Time represents vocalist Rebecca Sullivan’s debut recording, as well as an ambitious duo project between Sullivan and virtuoso guitarist, Mike Allemana. Sullivan and Allemana both shared the stage with jazz legend and mentor, Von Freeman, and this recording demonstrates the deep musical connection between the two artists. Produced by the great Chicago saxophonist, Geoff Bradfield, this disc consists of an eclectic collection of engrossing material. The album includes originals by Sullivan and Allemana, an Irish folk song, pop/songwriter material by Nick Drake and Brian Wilson, as well as some truly lesser known gems from Great American Songbook composers such as Hoagy Carmichael and Frank Loesser. Sullivan demonstrates wonderful story-telling ability and a sultry, glassy tone throughout. Much like Luciana Souza and Kate McGarry, Sullivan is equally at home in the pop/singer-songwriter/jazz genres, particularly with her attractive understated delivery. Allemana is a true six-string master and one of the busiest guitarists in Chicago. On this recording he is an exquisite accompanist, playing sensitive, subtle rhythms and colorful, yet ethereal harmonies. The disc opens with an excellent original co-written by Sullivan and Allemana. Both performers sound terrific on the dynamic tune with its sudden mood shifts. In particular, Allemana colors the lyrics perfectly, alternating between gentle finger picking for peaceful words and hard strumming for more stormy lyrics. On “The Shining Sea,” a lesser-known tune penned by Johnny Mandel and Peggy Lee, Sullivan delivers the lovelorn with a strong sense of drama. Allemana’s accompaniment is truly poignant on this track, employing spare dissonance that colors the song’s lyrics and are reminiscent of six-string tone poets such as Bill Frisell. “She Moved Through The Fair,” an Irish folk song, is one of the true pearls of this session. Sullivan’s velvety tone is simply striking, while she and Allamena ebb and flow in an engrossing rhythmic approach. Sullivan’s looped vocal tracks only add to the emotive quality of this track, making it a rewarding performance that bears repeated listenings. After a quirky introduction, the duo delve into an unusually up-tempo version of the Beach Boys classic, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice,” then transition into a wonderfully ethereal Sullivan original, entitled “Some Kind Of Love.” Sullivan’s original is one of the more daring songs on the recording, filled with dissonant harmonies and odd-meter exchanges, all with a jaunty pseudo-dance feel. On “Blossom Friend” by Nick Drake, Sullivan and Allemana do supreme justice to one of the most under-celebrated singer-songwriters of his generation. Sullivan and Allemana follow with another underrated gem, “Human Racing,” by the singer-songwriter St. Vincent (Annie Clark). This track is another lbum highlight. Sullivan delivers the quirky lyrics with panache. The melody of the Loesser/Hollander tune “Strange Enchantment” is a stripped to its bare essence while Allemana applies a unique groove to the Hoagy Carmichael song “Ivy.” The album ends on a wonderful note with the Mandel/Frishberg song “You Are There,” featuring Sullivan’s most emotive performance on the recording.


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TERRY BARTOLOTTA ABOVE THE CLOUDS

SELF RELEASED

TERRY BARTOLOTTA-GUITAR, NICK SEDNEW-TRUMPET, ALEX BELTRAN-TENOR SAX, NATHAN KAWALLER-BASS, LUCAS GILLAN-DRUMS

Written by Hrayr Attarian Chicago based guitarist Terry Bartolotta showcases his compositional skills on his relaxed and engaging debut album, Above the Clouds. Surrounded by sympathetic group of like-minded musicians, Bartolotta presents nine of his originals––solidly mainstream, but each with a unique flavor. The title track for example has a small group swing feel with the exuberant drive of the rhythm section over which Alex Beltran’s brassy tenor blows with big vibrato and sophisticated vigor. Bartoletta builds complex improvisations with his slow simmering guitar. Joining Beltran in the front line is trumpeter Nick Sednew, whose clean, laid back groove swaggers through an intricate solo on the soulful “Times Change.” Bartoletta’s blues-drenched strings lead to an exhilarating few minutes where drummer Lucas Gillan takes center stage. Gillan’s partner in navigating the various time signatures is bassist Nathan Kawaller. In addition to anchoring the delightful music with its many harmonic colors, Kawaller brings a lilting lyricism to the modal “On A Whim,” as his deliciously dark sound embellishes the melody with a bit of mysticism. In addition to the high caliber musicianship of the individual members of the quintet there is a congenial and satisfying camaraderie that runs through the album. The lullaby “Song for Amelia,” for example, creates a soothing ambience by weaving together Bartoletta’s resonant strums, Gillan’s whispering brushes and gentle cymbals and Beltran’s singing saxophone. Elsewhere, on “Nightcap,” the ensemble conjures images of an exciting night on the town with warm thick sax tones and flowing guitar lines over percolating thrums and beats. The Bartoletta’s blistering guitar notes lead the group in a funky rollicking journey on the closing “Aerial View of The City.” The piece exemplifies the charm of the record. Its hard-bop themes, superlatively played, make it fun and appealing, even in the absence of an adventurous spirit.


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NOBUKI TAKAMEN THREE WISHES

SUMMIT RECORDS

NOBUKI TAKAMEN-GUITAR, TOSHIYUKI TANAHASHI-BASS, NAOKI AIKAWA-DRUMS, AKIHITO YOSHIKAWA-DRUMS, HITOSHI KANDA-PIANO

Written by Hrayr Attarian Hiroshima-born and New York-based guitarist Nobuki Takamen is a fast rising jazz star, thanks to his flawless skills as an instrumentalist and improviser. Takamen, however, is also an exciting composer, as his fourth album Three Wishes clearly demonstrates. His originals range from the soulful “Freddie’s Mood” to the quietly beautiful ballad of the title track, all endowed with a loose sense of swing and an intense melodic feel. The combination of these two elements becomes the record’s unifying theme. Takamen’s intricate and intelligent solos evolve out of the catchy vamps that characterize the heads of each tune. On “A Long Way Home,” for example, his Wes Montgomery-inspired sound is solidly in the hard bop vein, but is not merely a rehashing of old motifs and harmonic structures. He embellishes the melody with refreshingly novel ideas, yet does not venture far from it. On the heady, darkly hued “Underground Theme Song,” his fluid guitar builds a complex and clever improvisation that is accessible, without being timid, and stimulating, but far from abstruse. Bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi’s delightfully bittersweet strings give the song just the right amount of bite. Tanahashi’s sophisticated, understated extemporization with its melancholic tones saves the folksy-sweet “Homeward Bound” from syrupiness. Supporting him and Takamen on this twangy track is Naoki Aikawa’s sparkling, insistent drum beats. Another drummer, Akihito Yoshikawa, brings a sparser and lithe touch to his hypnotic, R&B-ish duet with the leader on “Jimi’s Swing.” Yoshikawa’s euphonious and subtle style enhances the crepuscular ambience of the laid back “Greenwich Village Sometimes.” Hitoshi Kanda’s blues-infused, boppish piano complements Takamen’s lilting refrains and Tanahashi’s resonant conversational lines. This consistently engaging and intimate session, although not groundbreaking, is a superlative statement from an intriguing, accomplished artist.


The Grill In The Alley 909 N. Michigan Avenue Chicago, IL 773.549.5549 www.thegrill.com

Mike Jeffers

trio

Friday March 22, 2013 8PM w/t Joe Policasro bass and Demos Petropolous keys Saturday March 23, 2013 8PM Nick Schneider bass and Demos Petropolous keys


Photography by BRYAN THOMPSON

Jazz Jam Sessions

Chicago A jam session is a musical event, process, or activity where musicians play (i.e. “jam�) by improvising without extensive preparation or predefined arrangements. Jam sessions are often used by musicians to develop new material, find suitable arrangements, or simply as a social gathering and communal practice session. Jam sessions may be based upon existing songs or forms, may be loosely based on an agreed chord progression or chart suggested by one participant, or may be wholly improvisational. Jam sessions can range from very loose gatherings of amateurs to sophisticated improvised recording sessions intended to be edited and released to the public. Here are a selection of a weekly Jazz Jam Sessions in Chicago and in the area to check out.

Bring your ax! ...Figuratively speaking that is.


oCafe Mestizo Jam Session 6pm Chicago, IL (312) 942-0095

sun mon tue wed

oAndy’s Jazz Jam Session 7pm - 11pm 11 E. Hubbard Chicago, IL (312) 642-6805 oNorman’s Bistro Jazz Jam Session hosted by Ernest Dawkins 9pm - 12am 1001 E. 43rd St., Chicago, IL

oSerbian Village Tom Muellner Trio Pro Jam Session 8:30pm - 12:30am 3144 W. Irving Park Rd Chicago, IL (773) 478-2900

o(Every 3rd Tue) Joplin’s Java at Family Piano Jim Jacob’s Jazz Jam 14 Genessee, Waukegan, IL. o(Every 4th Tue) Elbo Room Linda’s Monthly Jazz Jam 2871 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. 60657 (773) 549.5549

oCafe Zalute 7pm 9501 Devon Ave., Rosemont, IL (847) 685.0206 oJazz Institute of Chicago , Jazz Links Jam Session 5pm - 7pm 2nd Wed of each month at Randolf St. Cafe 78 E. Washington, St., Chicago, IL (312) 427-1676

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oChambers John Bany Trio Jazz Jam Sessions 6881 N. Milwaukee, Niles, IL (847) 647-8282

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oThe Green Mill Quartet Jazz Jam 1am - 4am 4802 N Broadway St Chicago, IL (773) 878-5552


30th Annual Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival 46th Annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival 10th Annual Evanston Jazz Festival Chi-Town Jazz Festival 23rd Annual Tribute to Bix Fest (Bix Biederbecke) 25th Annual Capital City Jazz Festival 2nd Annual Deer Park Jazz & Wine Festival 10th Annual Harbor Park Jazz & Blues Festival South Bend Jazz Festival 35th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival CHICAGO BLUES FESTIVAL HYDE park jazz festival 34th Annual Detroit Jazz Festival 14th Annual Englewood Jazz Festival

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We see a trend developing: the Chicago area has an ever-growing number of jazz festivals! The jazz fest plays an important role during this era of specialized media, in that it is perhaps the single best way to expose the general public to jazz music. That’s why we wanted to compile a list of a few local & regional festivals with in driving distance to Chicagoland so you can start marking your calendars and planning ahead. There are a few milestones on the festival list this year, of course the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival and the 46th annual Elmhurst College Jazz Festival are the oldest on the list, but the Englewood Jazz Festival is moving into its 14th year and the Frank Mantooth Jazz Festival at New Trier turns 30 this year! At a time when the economy is struggling, it is good to know that the determination to present jazz in a festival atmosphere is still alive and well. Photography by BRYAN THOMPSON


SUMMER

JAZZ2013 CAMPS

A selection of Chicagoland area & National Jazz Camps with nationally known jazz musicians and instructors providing educational programs for all ages and levels.

Please visit the represented Jazz Camps websites for detailed information & registration.

BIRCH CREEK MUSIC CENTER EGG HARBOR, WI SESSION 1 JULY 22-AUGUST 3, 2013 SESSION 2 AUGUST 5-17, 2013 920.868.3763 www.birchcreek.org JANICE BORLA VOCAL JAZZ CAMP NORTH CENTRAL COLLEGE NAPERVILLE, IL JULY 22-27, 2013 630.416.3911 www.janiceborlavocaljazzcamp.org WISCONSIN CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC 19TH ANNUAL HIGH SCHOOL JAZZ CAMP

MILWAUKEE, WI JUNE 17-28, 2013 920.868.3763 www.wcmusic.org


MUSIC INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO EVANSTON, IL & WINNETKA, IL SESSION 1 JUNE 17-21, 2013 SESSION 2 JUNE 24-28, 2013 847.905.1500 ext. 576 www.musicinst.org/jazz_camp

JAMEY AEBERSOLD SUMMER JAZZ CAMP LOUISVILLE, KY SESSION 1 JUNE 30-JULY 5, 2013 SESSION 2 JULY 7-12, 2013 800.456.1388 ext.5 www.summerjazzworkshops.com

UNIVERSITY OF ILLINOIS @ CHICAGO CHICAGO, IL SESSION 1 JULY 15-20, 2013 SESSION 2 JULY 23-26, 2013 312.966.6068 www.theatreandmusic.aa.uic.edu/

SHELL LAKE ARTS CENTER SHELL LAKE, WI SESSION 1 JUNE 16-21, 2013 SESSION 2 JUNE 23-28, 2013 SESSION 3 JUNE 30-JULY 5, 2013 715.468.2414 www.shelllakeartscenter.org

ELGIN COMMUNITY COLLEGE SUMMER JAZZ CAMP ELGIN, IL JULY 22-JULY 25, 2013 847.214.7188 www.elgin.edu

JAZZ FEST JAZZ CAMP 2013 SIOUX FALLS, SD JULY 16-20, 2013 605.274.5458 www.siouxfallsjazzfest.com/jazzcamp


Week of MARCH 19- march 25, 2013

IN The


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clubs Bar Umbriago Chicago Chicken & Waffles FitzGerald’s Night Club The Green Mill The Jazz Showcase Katerina’s Little Bucharest Bistro M Lounge Viper Alley


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THE jazz showcase 806 S Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL (312) 360-0264 www.jazzshowcase.com

OF THE WEEK wednesday march 20, 2013 8PM/10PM

WDCB PRESENTS JAZZ VIOLINIST JAMES SANDERS with THE KEVIN O’CONNELL TRIO CD RELEASE PARTY FOR “BLUE VIOLIN” FREE ADMISSION!

james sanders James Sanders’ “Blue Violin – A Jazz Legacy” is not only the latest milestone on the jazz odyssey the Chicagobased violinist and bandleader embarked on after graduating with a performance degree from Yale in 1989, but also a tribute to the Windy City’s illustrious jazz violin tradition as personified by masters like Johnny Frigo, Eddie South, Stuff Smith and Darnell Howard. Joined on the recording by the Kevin O’Connell Trio (pianist O’Connell was a member of Clifford Jordan’s quartet in the 1980s and has performed with Philly Joe Jones, Vernel Fournier, Al Grey, Billy Hart, Victor Gaskin, Joe Lee Wilson and Walter Booker among others), Sanders presents a straight-ahead jazz program ranging from modern classics by Wes Montgomery, Miles Davis, Kenny Barron, Steve Swallow and Bud Powell to gems from the Great American Songbook by Richard Rodgers and Jerome Kern.


Photography by John Brougham

with the kevin o’connell trio The fact that - with the exception of the CD’s title track penned by Stuff Smith – most of the compositions on the CD are usually not associated with the violin is a testimony to Sanders’ virtuosity and versatility on his instrument. Sanders’ career is multi-faceted. In addition to performing at jazz festivals in the U.S., Europe and South America, he is in the first violin section of the Chicago Sinfonietta, a classical ensemble he joined in 1994, and also performs extensively leading the Latin jazz ensemble James Sanders’ Conjunto he founded in 2002 that has released two CDs to date. Sanders has also recorded and toured internationally as a member of Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, the Harrison Bankhead Sextet and Alfonso Ponticelli’s Swing Gitan and is involved in ongoing collaborations with several members of Chicago’s visionary collective the AACM.


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BAR UmBRIAGO 6 West Hubbard St Chicago, IL www.barumbriago.com

Led by Chef Michael Ponzio, Bar Umbriago provides an authentic atmosphere reminiscent of Italy’s enotecas (wine shops) featuring European family-style dining. Named after a character in Italian-American singer Jimmy Durante’s famous song, the new age Italian wine bar offers live entertainment, an affordable check average, and a large, reasonably-priced wine selection.

APPETIZERS entrees dessert

Cicchetti, Crostini, Salumi, Cheese

Lonza di Maidale, Luccio, Brasatto, Bistecca, Salsiccia, Capasante, Arrista di Polo

Cioccolato, Tiramisu, Panna Cotta, Gelato, Sorbetto


march 2013 TUESDAYS STEPHANIE BROWN TRIO 8PM-11PM THURSDAYS SPRIAL FUNK & JAZZ TRIO MIKE FROST (SAX), TOM VAISTSAS (KEYS) MIKE JEFFERS (DRUMS) 8PM-11PM

LIVE JAZZ WEEKLY TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS 8PM-11PM


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CHICAGO CHICKEN & WAFFLES 543 Madison St Oak Park, IL (708) 524-3300 www.chicagoschickenandwaffles.com

Week of March 19- March 25, 2013

At Chicago’s, all of our food is prepared with the freshest ingredients. We offer a generous menu selection consisting of fried chicken, southern fried catfish and grits, omelletes, grilled salmon, lemon pepper grilled catfish, peach cobbler, sweet potato pie and of course, our famous waffles, just to name a few. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served all day and you can even BYOB (Oak Park location only) from 5pm to 9pm ($10 corking fee applies). Please join us for a truly unforgettable dining experience!

BYOB $5 CORKING FEE $10 Corking fee after 5PM

parties of 4 or less

parties of 5 or more


march 2013

Visit website for updated performance information

LIVE JAZZ WEEKLY AT OAK PARK LOCATION ONLY THURSDAYS 6PM-8:3PM FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 7PM-10:30PM


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fitzgerald’s nightclub 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn, IL 60402 (708)788.2118 www.fitzgeraldsnightclub.com

Week of March 19- March 25, 2013

FitzGerald’s has been a gathering spot since it was built in the early 1900’s. Up to 1925, the frame building at 6615 W. Roosevelt was a roadhouse used as a hunting lodge and sporting team headquarters. As more buildings rose along Roosevelt Road, the club was home to several nightclubs, the best-known being The Hunt Club, which flourished through the 1950’s and early 60���s--acts included Turk Murphy, Bob Scobey and Lill Armstrong. After the Hunt Club closed, the space became the Deer Lodge, complete with pool tables and a fortune teller.

AdmissIons Live Music Nightly. Cover Charge Applies. 21 & over. Valid ID required.


march 2013 March 20 , 2013 IN THE SIDEBAR JAROD BUFE QUARTET FEATURING MARK COLBY 8PM $5 SUGGESTED DONATION March 20, 2013 IN FULL SWING BIG BAND PLUS EVANSTON HIGH SCHOOL BAND 7:30PM $10; $5 (17 & UNDER) March 21, 2013 SALTY DOGS; THE FAT BABIES 8PM $10 March 24 , 2013 JOHN BURNETT ORCHESTRA WITH FRIEDA LEE 6PM $10; $5 (17 & UNDER) March 27 , 2013 IN THE SIDEBAR BAKERZMILLION 8PM $5 SUGGESTED DONATION

LIVE JAZZ WEEKLY


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the green mill 4802 N. Broadway Chicago, IL 60605 www.greenmilljazz.com

JAZZ – traditional, bebop, contemporary, improvisational – played by such legendary figures as Von Freeman, Franz Jackson and Wilbur Campbell, as well as young lions Kurt Elling, Eric Alexander and Orbert Davis. All capture the broad spectrum of jazz from its root rhythms in New Orleans to New York avant-garde. Deep smoky jazz sounds fill the club in the early morning hours when soulful musicians continue to express their love of jazz by jamming ’til the early dawn.

AdmissIons Visit website for entrance and details


march 2013 March 19, 2013 9PM THE FAT BABIES March 20, 2013 9PM ALFONSO PONTICELLI & SWING GITAN 2AM LATE NIGHT INDUSTRY SET WITH THE FRANK CATALANO SEXTET March 21, 2013 9PM ALAN GRESIK SWING SHIFT ORCHESTRA

March 22, 2013 5PM THE FLIPSIDE SHOW WITH CHRIS FORMAN 9PM KEN VANDERMARK’S MIDWEST SCHOOL AFTER HOURS GREEN MILL QUARTET JAM SESSION March 23, 2013 3PM THE PAPER MACHETE 8PM KEN VANDERMARK’S MIDWEST SCHOOL 12AM AFTER HOURS JAZZ PARTY WITH SABERTOOTH ORGAN QUARTET March 24, 2013 7PM UPTOWN POETRY SLAM 11PM SUNDAY NIGHT SOUL PARTY WITH THE PATERSON TRIO March 25, 2013 9PM SUEÑOS LATIN PRO JAM

LIVE JAZZ nightly


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JAZZ SHOWCASE

806 S Plymouth Ct Chicago, IL (312) 360-0264 www.jazzshowcase.com

WHERE JAZZ LIVES IN CHICAGO The Second Oldest Jazz Club in The USA!!! ALL THE GREAT NAMES IN JAZZ SINCE 1947


march 2013 March 20, 2013 WDCB PRESENTS JAZZ VIOLINIST JAMES SANDERS QUARTET CD RELEASE PARTY 8PM/10PM March 21-24, 2013 TAMMY MCCANN & THE MIC JAZZ FACULTY 8PM/10PM /4PM March 25, 2013 VOCALIST JULIA HUFF JAM SESSION NIGHT 8PM/10PM March 26, 2013 ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY PRESENTS JAZZ COMBOS 7PM March 27, 2013 ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY PRESENTS JAZZ VOCAL SHOWCASE 7PM

March 28-31, 2013 DYNAMIC DUOS: TWO FOR BRAZIL GREG FISHMAN, PAULINHO GARCIA, STU KATZ, WILLIE PICKENS 8PM/10PM /4PM, April 1, 2013 ROOSEVELT UNIVERSITY PRESENT LATIN JAZZ/LARGE ENSEMBLE 7PM

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katerina’s

1920 W. Irving Park Rd. Chicago, Il 773-348-7592 www.katerinas.com

It’s a cultural center showcasing the hippest jazz, funk, blues, boogie-woogie blues, R&B, classical and world music -from Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Greek, Flamenco and Japanese to all Gypsy Genres & then some! Travel the world of music in our intimate space as each night presents a musical odyssey born from a whispering solo of an upright bass to a foot-stomping rhythm of flamenco! It’s a meeting place for old friends and new friends. A place where romance blossoms and time stands still. And for those who like to travel alone, fasten your seatbelts...

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AdmissIons Live Music Nightly. Cover Charge Applies. 21 & over. Valid ID required.


march 2013 March 19, 2013 8PM BOB DOGAN TRIO $10 COVER March 20, 2013 8PM GORAN IVANOVIC SPRING CONCERT $10 COVER March 21, 2013 8PM PETRA’S RECESSION SEVEN $10 COVER March 22, 2013 6:30PM PETRA VAN NUIS & ANDY BROWN NO COVER 10PM JOEL PATERSON & THE MODERN SOUNDS $10 COVER March 23, 2013 6:30PM SPIDER SALOFF SPRING CELEBRATION $10 COVER 10PM GUITARRA AZUL $10 COVER March 25 2013 8:30PM “BLUE MONDAY” BLUES SERIES $10 COVER

LIVE JAZZ nightly


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3661 North Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60618 www.littlebucharestbistro.com

Week of March 19- March 25, 2013

With a history spanning over three decades, Little Bucharest Bistro has opened with a new face in Chicago’s Old Irving Park area. Originally opened in 1970 and closed in 2004, the new Little Bucharest, which translates to “Little Paris of the East”, blends a touch of Romanian heritage with American contemporary fare in a vibrant and modern atmosphere.

APPETIZERS entrees dessert

Salads, Spreads, Smoked Salmon, Bruschetta, Calamari, Soups

Sausage Stuffed Chicken Thigh, Bucharest Signature Brased Short Rib Goulash

Warm Crepes, Apple Strudel, Romanian Buttercream Cake, Chocolate Ganache Torte


march 2013 SATURDAYS GYPSY MINSTRELS GUITAR & VIOLIN 6:30PM

MARCH 30, 2013 A FIERY NIGHT OF FLAMENCO WITH DAVID CHIRIBOGA & ALBERTO ALVAREZ 8:30PM

LIVE MUSIC WEEKLY FRIDAYS & SATURDAYS 6:30PM


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M lounge

1520 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60605 (312) 447.0201 www.mloungechicago.com

Sit back and relax at this South Loop martini lounge. M Lounge features live music at least two days a week, to be enjoyed with an array of specialty martinis and fine spirits. M Lounge also offers a number of non-alcoholic cocktails and exquisite coffee drinks. You will immediately feel at home inside this intimate 1,400 sq ft oasis, whether you’re settling into one of the comfortable couches or low-slung chairs, or pulling up a seat at the 28foot long walnut bar.

cocktails

Martinis Mocktails Cognac Blended Scotch Single Malt Scotch Whiskey & Bourbon Canadian Whiskey Irish Whiskey Beer White Wine Red Wine Champagne Water Coffee Bottle Service


march 2013 March 19, 2013 SARAH MARIE YOUNG

March 20, 2013 SAMUEL SAVOIR FAIRE WILLIAMS TRIO

March 26, 2013 JAZMIN SKY

March 27, 2013 DELIVERY POINT

April 2, 2013 JULIA HUFF & THE COMPANY BAND

April 3, 2013 GRAY MATTERS

LIVE MUSIC WEEKLY Tuesday - Thursday 6pm-1am

Friday 6pm-2am

Saturday 6pm-3am Sunday & Monday closed for private events


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viper alley

275 Parkway Drive, Lincolnshire, IL 60069 847.499.5000 www.viper-alley.com

Viper Alley is Chicagoland’s premier destination for live music, gourmet dinners, and private events!

DOORS OPEN AT 6PM RESTAURANT OPENS AT 5PM


march 2013

LIVE MUSIC WEEKLY Visit website for updated performance information.


special


events JEFF LINDBERG’S CHICAGO JAZZ ORCHESTRA W/T KURTL ELLING AT PICK-STAIGER CONCERT HALL JOHN SCOFIELD’S HOLLOW BODY BAND AT SPACE EVANSTON ORBERT DAVIS QUINTET AT THE JAMES LUMBER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS CJP & RIVER NORTH DANCE CHICAGO PRESENT HAVANA BLUE AT THE AUDITORIUM THEATRE DAVID SANBORN TRIO AT NORTHSHORE CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS SAXOPHONIST GEOF BRADFIELD AT ROOM 43 2013 JAZZ SEASON SCHEDULE AT CHICAGO SYMPHONY CENTER


April 3, 2013 Pick-Staiger Concert Hall in Evanston for a re

Grammy Award winner and 13-time DownBeat Critics Poll “Male Singer of the Year,” Kurt singer in jazz has been as daring, dynamic, or interesting,” adding that “he has come to embod greats as Dave Brubeck, Charlie Hunter, and Al Jarreau. He is accompanied by the highly accl


www.chicagojazzorchestra.com

Kurt Elling and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Celebrating Cole Porter Tickets are $26 for the general public and $10 for students. purchase tickets

emarkable evening of Cole Porter’s music with Kurt Elling.

t Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. The Washington Post declares that “no dy the creative spirit of jazz.” Elling has recorded 10 albums and has collaborated with such jazz laimed Chicago Jazz Orchestra in a program exploring the songbook of the iconic Cole Porter.


April 11th 7pm & 9:30pm

John Scofield’s Hollow Body Band

featuring Mike Stern, Ben Street and Bill Stewart

www.johnscofield.com


Photography by NICK SUTTLE

SPACE EVANSTON 1245 CHICAGO AVENUE, EVANSTON, IL. 60202 847.492.5860 www.evanstonspace.com

BUY TICKETS


Photography by BRYAN THOMPSON


Friday, April 12, 2013 8pm

Orbert Davis Quintet

James Lumber Center for the Performing Arts 19351 W Washington Street Grayslake, Illinois 60030 Box Office: 847.543.2300

BUY TICKETS

www.orbertdavis.com


Orbert Davis and the Chi in a collaboration with River North Dance Chicago APRIL 13, 2013 8PM Photography by CHERYL MANN


icago Jazz Philharmonic o present Havana Blue at the Auditorium Theatre. BUY TICKETS Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University 50 E. Congress Parkway, Chicago 312-922-2110


DAVID SANBORN TRIO THURSDAY APRIL 18, 2013 8PM

buy tickets

www.davidsanborn.com

9501 Skokie Blvd., Skokie, IL. 60077 Box Office 847.673.6300 www.nothshorecenter.org


David Sanborn is one of the most influential and successful saxophonists who stretches musical genres from instrumental pop to R&B to straight forward jazz. He is joined by legendary Hammond B3 organist, Joey DeFrancesco and veteran drummer, Byron “Wookie� Landham for a thrilling concert from this all-star organ trio.


“ROOM 43... ...is one of the hippest places to spend a Sunday night!” - Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune)

Special Sunday Evening Jazz Series march Schedule Sun. MARCH 10 2013 JULI WOOD, SAX Sun. MARCH 17 2013 JARRARD HARRIS, SAX sun. MARCH 24 2013 GEOF BRADFIELD, SAX sun. MARCH 31 2013 DENISE THIMES, VOCALS


Sunday MARCH 24, 2013 SAXOPHONIST geof bradfield

Event 4 Sundays from 7:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Room 43 - 1043 E. 43rd Street, Chicago, IL http://www.hydeparkjazzsociety.com/ ADMISSION: $10 adults/$5 for University students with ID or children with adults ROOM 43 offers bar and food service, including a tasty selection of “Jazz Bites.”


jazz at Symphony Center chicago

season 2013 220 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60604 Phone: (312) 294-3000 www.cso.org


January 18, 2013, 8 p.m. Jazz Sing the Truth! Dianne Reeves, vocals Angelique Kidjo, vocals Lizz Wright, vocals March 22, 2013, 8 p.m. Jazz Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour—55th Anniversary Dee Dee Bridgewater, vocals Christian McBride, bass Benny Green, piano Lewis Nash, drums Chris Potter, saxophone Ambrose Akinmusiré, trumpet March 29, 2013, 8 p.m. Sonny Rollins, saxophone April 19, 2013, 8 p.m. Brad Mehldau, piano Chris Thile, mandolin May 24, 2013, 8 p.m. Orbert Davis’ Chicago Jazz Philharmonic Rivers: Nature, Power, Culture Orbert Davis, artistic director June 7, 2013, 8 p.m. Wayne Shorter Quartet Wayne Shorter, saxophone Danilo Pérez, piano John Patitucci, bass Brian Blade, drums June 21, 2013, 8 p.m. Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra Wynton Marsalis, trumpet


Playin’ around town

f e at uri ng C hi c a g o’s fin est jazz mu sic i ans

directory


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Abigail Riccards

Pg 89

James Bottoms

Pg 108

Mike Staron

Pg 71

Andrew Distel

Pg 90

James Sanders

Pg 109

Nanette Frank

Pg 72

Arlene Bardelle

Pg 91

Jesse Charbonier

Pg 110

Nia Quintet

Pg 73

Ava Logan

Pg 92

Jim Sellers

Pg 111

Nick Schneider

Pg 74

Bobby Lewis

Pg 93

Kelly Brand

Pg 112

Ray Bailey

Pg 75

Cécile Savage

Pg 94

Laury Shelley

Pg 113

Rhonda Browne

Pg 76

Chris White

Pg 95

Le Perolateur

Pg 114

Rita McConville

Pg 77

Corky McClerkin

Pg 96

Libby York

Pg 115

Robin Watson

Pg 78

Dave Flippo

Pg 97

Linda Solotaire

Pg 116

Roger Harris

Pg 79

Dave Shelton

Pg 98

Lindy Endres

Pg 117

Rusty Jones

Pg 80

Don Stille

Pg 99

Loretta Lee

Pg 118

Sam Fazio

Pg 81

Elaine Dame

Pg 100

Los Perros Cubanos

Pg 119

Shawn Maxwell

Pg 82

Erin McDougald

Pg 101

Marc Pompe

Pg 120

Skinny Williams

Pg 83

Frank D’Rone

Pg 102

Mark Moultrup

Pg 121

Stacy McMichael

Pg 84

Frank Portolese

Pg 103

Marlene Rosenberg

Pg 122

Stephanie Browning

Pg 123

Pg 85

Gina Gibson

Pg 104

Michael Hutchins

Steven Hashimoto

Pg 124

The Harris Group

Pg 86

Greta Pope

Pg 105

Mick Archer

Pg 125

Tom Muellner

Pg 87

Heather Moran

Pg 106

Mike Frost

Pg 126

Ty Cooper

Pg 88

J. Beam Band

Pg 107

Mike Jeffers

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ABIGAIL RICCARDS

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GIGS Tuesday March 19, 2013 6PM

Pete Miller’s Wheeling

412 Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 847.243.3700 www.petemillers.com ______________________________________ Wednesday March 20, 2013 6PM

Pete Miller’s Evanston

1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 847.328.0399 www.petemillers.com ______________________________________ Sunday March 24, 2013 5PM

Sullivan’s

Lincolnshire, IL ______________________________________ Tuesday March 26, 2013 6PM

Pete Miller’s Wheeling

412 Milwaukee Ave., Wheeling, IL 847.243.3700 www.petemillers.com ______________________________________

Abigail Riccards has garnered much attention

from the jazz community for her effortless swing, heartbreaking tone, and personalized approach to lyrics. Abigail’s inimitable approach to the Great American Songbook has made her one of the most celebrated jazz vocalists of her generation. Over the past decade in New York, Abigail has repeatedly performed at many of the most treasured venues in NYC, including Birdland, Jazz Standard, Smoke, Smalls, Kitano Hotel, Sweet Rhythm, and 55Bar. Abigail has also collaborated with many of the best jazz musicians in the world including David Berkman, Mulgrew Miller, Spike Wilner, Neal Miner, Jay Leonhart, Tony Romano, and many more. Abigail resides in Chicago, and frequently performs in Illinois and in New York City.

Wednesday March 27, 2013 6PM

Pete Miller’s Evanston

1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 847.328.0399 www.petemillers.com ______________________________________ Sunday March 31, 2013 5PM

Sullivan’s

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ANDREW DISTEL

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Andrew Distel is a vocalist and trumpet player.

He was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio where he attended the prestigious College Conservatory of Music studying both trumpet and voice. He moved to Chicago to continue his education, receiving a graduate degree in jazz voice from Roosevelt University. He has played at such notable venues as: The Green Mill, The Pump Room, The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, Green Dolphin Street, and Pops For Champagne. His quartet plays regularly-every Friday and Saturday night at The Pump Room-featuring Pete Benson, Hyosub Kim, and George Fludas.

GIGS No performances scheduled at this time.


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ARLENE BARDELLE

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Arlene Bardelle has been dazzling audiences with

her tasteful vocal stylings for the past several years. Chicago is her home base, where she works with some of the finest musicians in town. Arlene was a mainstay at the famed Coq D’or in the Drake hotel for many years. She has performed at many other top notch Chicago venues such as the Pump Room, Andy’s Jazz Club, Pops for Champagne, Fitzgerald’s, the Jazz Showcase, and the Green Mill. Arlene has also performed for political fundraiser cruises on Lake Michigan, private events at the Crystal Ballroom at Navy Pier, and corporate performances for top Chicago agents. She has performed at the Chicago Jazz Fest, Taste of Chicago, and the Plymouth Jazz Fest in Wisconsin as well as Smoke in New York.

GIGS Saturday March 30, 2013 6:30PM-9PM

Katerina’s

1920 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 773.348.7592 www.katerinas.com ______________________________________


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AVA LOGAN

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Ava Logan “Chicago Jazz Singer” and Chicago Jazz

Band leader is an award winning singer-actress from Washington, D.C., who now lives in the Chicago area. A graduate of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan, a Jazz Vocalist is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night is available for Corporate Events. The classically trained vocalist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in the U.S. and abroad. She has portrayed two of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, at the Black Ensemble Theater. She has released “So Many Stars”, her first major CD! National airplay began in September, 2008. The CD has received rave reviews! It was produced by Henry Johnson, who played guitar for Joe Williams for many years.

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BOBBY LEWIS

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GIGS Sunday April 14, 2013

Bebop Brass Jazz Institute of Chicago Tuley Park

501 E. 90th Place, Chicago, IL ______________________________________

Bobby Lewis’ tasteful trumpet and flugelhorn

playing has made him a favorite among vocalists and earned him a spot as first trumpet with Tony Bennett for Chicago appearances for fifteen years, and conductor, musical director and featured soloist with Peggy Lee. The singers Lewis has accompanied provide enough grist for several resumes and, in addition to Bennett and Lee, include Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Sammy Davis, Jr., Joe Williams, Lena Horne, Mel Torme, Judy Garland, Liza Minelli, Nancy Wilson, Harry Belafonte, Rosemary Clooney, Al Jarreau and even a gig with ‘Ol Blue Eyes.


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CÉCILE SAVAGE

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GIGS THURSDAYS IN MARCH 6PM-10PM

Cécile Savage Duo with Calvin “Koco” Brunson

Benny’s Chophouse

444 North Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60611 312.626.2444 www.bennyschopshouse.com ______________________________________

Cécile Savage is a French woman Jazz bassist/

vocalist leading a multi cultural/ multi-ethnic jazz trio or quartet. Cécile plays who she is: a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz. She performed with Blues and Jazz musicians such as Jimmy Dawkins, Von Freeman, Franz Jackson, Floyd McDaniel, George Freeman, Oscar Brown Jr., Maggie Brown, Redd Holt and many more.She plays and sings a vast array of American standards (jazz & Blues), some French songs (in French) and some Brazilians Bossa novas (in Portuguese). Her group has played for many affairs, weddings, in clubs,restaurants and festivals. NEW CD soon to be released: “The Journey”


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CHRIS WHITE

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GIGS Wednesday March 20, 2013 9PM

Performing w/t Paul Marinaro Trio Club 3160 3160 N.Clark St, Chicago, IL 312.527.2269 www.3160Chicago.com

_________________________________________ Thursday March 21, 2013 8:30PM

Performing w/t Ty Cooper Quartet Club 3160 3160 N.Clark St, Chicago, IL 312.527.2269 www.3160Chicago.com

_________________________________________ Friday March 22, 2013 9PM

Performing w/t Sam Fazio

The Drake Hotel, Coq d’Or 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.932.4623 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Friday March 29, 2013 9PM

Chris White is an instructor of jazz piano and

theory at Lake Forest College and North Park University in Chicago. He is a busy freelance musician in the Chicago area, and has performed at The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, The House of Blues, Navy Pier, The Peninsula Hotel, the Coq D’or at the Drake Hotel and many more. He is a member of the Paul Marinaro Trio. In 2010 he completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Performing w/t Sam Fazio

The Drake Hotel, Coq d’Or 140 E. Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.932.4623 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Sunday March 31, 2013 5-9PM

Performing w/t Linda Solotaire Pete Miller’s Evanston 1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 847.328.0399 www.petemillers.com

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CORKY McCLERKIN

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Corky McClerkin, a Chicago native grew up

hearing the sounds of Jazz and “down home” Blues. Encouraged by his favorite uncle and jazz musician Lewis Ogletree, he studied piano for seven years before attending Northern Illinois University with a major in music. Although receiving a BA from Roosevelt University and a MA from Loyola University in other fields, Corky has always considered music to be his primary passion. “Irrespective of style or tempo, hard bop, Latin or soul Jazz, McClerkin brings his many years of experience into play as he crafts each tune, making a special and distinctive statement with each.”

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DAVE FLIPPO

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Dave Flippo has divided his musical efforts

into three areas - leading his Modern Jazz Quintet FLIPPOMUSIC, performing as a jazz/popular pianist/vocalist and leader at various private events and teaching piano at the College of Lake County and from his own studio - Dr. Flippo’s Eclectic Piano Studio. His emergence as a jazz vocalist brought about his third CD, “When the Heart is True, the Voice Rings True,” a duo recording with bassist Donn De Santo, released on his own Oppilf Records label.

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DAVE SHELTON

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David Shelton’s music draws from his classical and

jazz backgrounds, plus his work with R&B musicians. His repertoire includes a wide range of jazz and Latin standards as well as jazz arrangements of pop songs, blues and funk. More specifically, the repertoire includes: Songbook and Modern Standards (e.g., A FoggyDay, Fly Me to the Moon, It Could Happen to You, A House is Not a Home, Moon River) Latin Standards (Jobim and others) Jazz Standards (from Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis to John Coltrane, Dave Brubeck and Horace Silver)Jazz Arrangements of pop/rock hits (from Motown and Elton John to Stevie Wonder, The Beatles and Michael Jackson) Blues and Funk (a la Ramsey Lewis, early Herbie Hancock, Les McCann and Gene Harris) and originals.

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DON STILLE

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Don Stille is a Chicago-based pianist and

accordionist Don Stille proves he is…an artist to be reckoned with…” says Howard Reich, “…The fluidity of his technique, the depth of his tone and the intellectual sophistication of his improvisations firmly established him as a polished and accomplished artist.” In listening to a Don Stille performace, be it live or recorded, one shares in a musical experience that is rich in stylistic diversity. He has performed throughout the country with a long list of acclaimed jazz artists, and can regularly be heard at Chicago’s greatest jazz clubs.

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ELAINE DAME

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GIGS Introducing Sundays at IT’S VEGAS BABY! 5:30PM-9PM

The Elaine Dame Trio

w/t Guitarist Kyle Asche & Jake Vinsel on Bass

Blue Chip Casino Hotel and Spa

777 Blue Chip Drive, Michigan City, IN 219.879.7711

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Thursday March 28, 2013 7:30PM-10:30PM

The Elaine Dame Duo Salt Creek Wine Bar

8900 Fairview Ave., Brookfield, IL 60513 708.387.2432 www.saltcreekwinebar.com ______________________________________

Elaine Dame is a Chicago Jazz Singer, flautist,

band leader and private vocal instructor, is a “Vocal dynamo...[and] continues to be a gem in the city’s vocal jazz scene” according to TimeOut Chicago. For more than fifteen years, Ms. Dame has headlined the finest venues in Chicago, the Midwest and the nation, and has collaborated with some of Chicago’s most stellar musicians. She has enjoyed residencies at such notable music rooms as the Fairmont Hotel’s, Metropole Room, Pops for Champagne, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Drake Hotel, Pete Miller’s, Katerina’s, and New York City’s, Metropolitan Room.


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ERIN McDOUGALD

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GIGS Sunday March 24, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________ Sunday March 31, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________ Sunday April 7, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________ Sunday April 14, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Erin McDougald is a savvy, rhythmically jazz-

rooted song-interpreter, who frequently records and performs with top instrumentalists among the jazzelite from Chicago to the East Coast. Her ensemblesize varies from a duo to a big band orchestra, depending on the venue, but most typically, she incorporates the use of a rhythm section and often features a horn player.

NEW WEBSITE ONLINE

“The two most often questions I am asked by interviewers and fans are: “What made you become a jazz singer?”, and “What’s with the Flapper Girl reference?” “Visit my website to find the answers... and much more! “ XOXO

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________ Sunday April 21, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________ Sunday April 28, 2013 8:45PM

The Crimson Lounge

Hotel Sax 333 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago IL 312.923.2473 www.crimsonchicago.com ______________________________________


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FRANK D’RONE

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“Frank D’Rone is one of the few finer singers and

performers around and creates great vibes with his audiences.” This quote, from Leonard Feather, one of the world’s foremost music critics, probably best describes Frank and his talents today. It takes a while to achieve words of this sort. Frank’s nique and rare gift has taken him before the spotlights of virtually every major nightclub in the United States. Frank was headlining the world famous “Copacabana” when Tony Bennett took over the microphone on opening night and told the audience, “A few years back, Nat “King” Cole said that Frank D’Rone was the finest singer around. Tonight he has proved that Nat was right!”

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FRANK PORTOLESE

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Frank Portolese has been active as a guitarist and

educator in the Chicago area for 30 years. He has performed with Eddie Harris, Les McCann, Bobby Shew, Ira Sullivan, Shelley Mann and others. His pop credits range from the Drifters to Clay Aiken. He has been featured in Just Jazz Guitar, Jazz Times, Guitar Player, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times and other publications. Frank plays straight-ahead bebop and hard bop jazz. He currently fronts his own trio (with Brian Sandstrom and Rusty Jones), plays solo jazz guitar shows and is a member of Rich Corpolongo’s ensemble, which performs ultracontemporary original compositions. He continues to perfect his own sound and concept in the hopes of expressing the beauty of life as he hears it.

GIGS Wednesday March 20, 2013 7PM-11PM

Cafe Zalute

9500 W. Devon, Rosemont, IL ______________________________________


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GINA GIBSON

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Gina Gibson, a cabaret-style entertainer with club

credits too numerous to name is second to none when it comes to playing for and hosting a wedding reception or any other event. Sinatra to Streisand, Billie Holiday to Beyoncé. Dance and have a good time, it’s all about YOU! She frequently appears as pre-game entertainment for the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago Blackhawks at the United Center, now entering her 10th season with them. She is featured in the WTTW special, ”Remembering Chicago-the Boomer Years” on Chicago Access Television, and on BIP, (Black Image Productions.)

GIGS EVERY FRIDAY

The Ramada Inn Lake Shore, Hyde Park

4900 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL ______________________________________


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GRETA POPE

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Greta Pope is an International entertainer. She

has delighted audiences throughout Europe, the Far East, South America and the Caribbean, as well as the United States and Canada. Ms. Pope has been touted as one of the great voices of our time, as she performs with ease all styles from Country to Opera, and from Rhythm and Blues to Broadway. Ms. Pope holds a Master of Music Degree and has performed all styles of music. and leads the Greta Pope Orchestra. Her performance credentials include sharing the stage with such well known performers as Wynonna Judd, Dick Van Dyke, Stanley Clarke, Carol Channing, Ramsey Louis, Rich Little, Penn & Teller and many others.

GIGS EVERY FRIDAY 7:30PM-11:30PM

Benny’s Chop House

444 North Wabash, Chicago, IL 312.626.2444 www.bennyschophouse.com ______________________________________


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HEATHER MORAN

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GIGS Sunday March 21, 2013 7PM-10PM

Heather Moran w/t Jeff Trudell Strawberry Moon

Wauconda, IL No Cover ______________________________________ Tuesday March 23, 2013 7PM-11PM

Heather Moran JJ Twigs

Wauconda, IL ______________________________________ Sunday March 28, 2013 7PM-10PM

Heather Moran w/t Jeff Trudell Strawberry Moon

Wauconda, IL No Cover ______________________________________

Heather Moran, over the past several years, has

divided her time between her two loves: acting & singing. An alumnus of Second City and member of the Factory Theater, she is also an accomplished singer with a performance history nationwide. Ms. Morans newest sensational Rosemary Clooney hit show, Rosie! A Tribute... is currently touring regionally. She can also been seen singing in the critically acclaimed musical trio, 3Girls3, performing their newest hit Barry Manilow show.


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J. BEAM BAND

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The J. Beam Band is made up of Jeff Mackevich on saxophones, Damian Espinosa on keyboards, Alex Feldman on bass, and Tyrone Blair on drums. This 1980’s style “fusion” jazz is a lot of fun, and the tunes are easily recognized. Come on out!

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JAMES BOTTOMS

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GIGS March 30, 2013 7PM-10PM

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

6120 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 773.338.7562 www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com ______________________________________ April 13, 2013 7PM-10PM

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant

6120 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 773.338.7562 www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com ______________________________________ April 27, 2013 7PM-10PM

Ethiopian Diamond Restaurant 6120 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 773.338.7562 www.ethiopiandiamondcuisine.com


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JAMES SANDERS

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GIGS LAST SATURDAY OF EVERY MONTH 10PM

Performing w/t Conjunto Katerina’s

1920 W.Irving Park, Chicago IL www.katerinas.com ______________________________________ Wednesday March 20, 2013 8PM & 10PM

CD RELEASE EVENT “Blue Violin” Jazz Showcase

806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago IL 312.360.0234 www.jazzshowcase ______________________________________

James Sanders is a distinct voice tempered by

fruitful ongoing collaborations with the finest Jazz artists in Chicago and in Jazz today, including.... Dee Alexander, Nicole Mitchell, Alfonso Ponticelli, Larry Harlowe, Orbert Davis, Mwata Bowden, Doug Lofstrom, Steve Eisen, Ernie Adams, Donald Neale, Tomeka Reid, and the late Johny Frigo. He is the leader of the highly regarded Latin Jazz band Conjúnto and is a a currently a member of The Evolution Ensemble, Swing Gitan and The New Quartet, The Joeffrey Ballet Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta. He has also been active as a teacher since 1993 and has developed a curriculum for the classically-trained violinist seeking to develop alternative styles of playing.


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JESSE CHARBONIER

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GIGS Saturday March 30, 2013 9PM-1AM

Coq d’Or

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Saturday April 6, 2013 9PM-1AM

Coq d’Or

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Saturday April 13, 2013 9PM-1AM

Coq d’Or

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Saturday April 20, 2013 9PM-1AM

Jesse Charbonier was born in Chicago. He always

had a love of the arts and began acting, singing, and songwriting at an early age, but became more involved as a more behind-the-scenes player— marketing, directing, producing, films and music artists. In music, Charbonier has developed and produced music and music videos for artists from various genres. In cinema, his involvement varies from the full-scale production of independent feature films to programming and organizing film festivals all over the United States.

Coq d’Or

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

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JIM SELLERS

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Jim Sellers is a Chicago based jazz pianist, having

been lucky enough to have performed with some great musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Frank Catalano, Spider Saloff, Luba Mason, Ava Logan, Art Davis, Bill Yancey and many others. Jim’s interest in jazz began in grade school when he discovered Daddio Daley’s radio program on what was then WXFM. With a lot of tenacity and a little help from his older brother, Jim learned how to play the blues and to read music – having no formal lessons until he was in college. Still, by the time he was studying music as an undergraduate, he was proficient enough to be selected to perform in a trio with guest-artist Wynton Marsalis. He went on to earn a Master of Music degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

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KELLY BRAND

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Kelly Brand, composer and pianist, writes songs

which carry the listener to places simultaneously evident and quite unfamiliar. She effectively taps into essential elements of living and dreaming. Brand’s way of playing embraces a simple and selfless honesty. She doesn’t throw her music at you, but rather extends it as an invitation. Kelly is an active performer on the Chicago jazz scene playing frequent club and concert dates. She performs at the Green Mill, the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Pete Miller’s and Katerina’s.

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LAURY SHELLEY

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Laury Shelley has been a performing artist ever

since she can remember. Laury was living her dream touring with composer, Michel Legrand, as Legrand’s vocal soloist.During these amazing years, Laury made her debut at the prestigious Carnegie Hall while also appearing at The Sahara Hotel in Vegas, Red Rocks Amphitheater in Denver, Miami’s Stars Under The Stars Concert Series at Marine Stadium and The Westbury Theatre in New York. Laury has shared stages with Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth while also performing and recording with Phil Woods, Ron Carter, Grady Tate, Randy Brecker, Marvin Stamm and Joe Beck.

GIGS Tuesday May 19, 2013 4PM

Trinity United Methodist Church

605 West Golf Rd., Mount Prospect, IL 60056 www.trinitymp.org ______________________________________


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LE PERCOLATEUR

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GIGS Saturday March 30, 2013

CD RELEASE SHOW Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse , Chicago, IL 60626 ______________________________________

lePercolateur Hipster Gypsy Jazz New Release Coming Soon

The coming March of 2013 finds lePercolateur slated to release their debut album as the latest band to join the Chicago Sessions record label. Between now and then, many more are sure to wake from a dreamlike daze wondering in which year they find themselves, and wishing it was what their senses told them. “a sly and surprising gypsy-jazz quintet who apply that idiom to modernistic pop tunes, as well as vintage jazz composition” - Neil Tesser, Chicago Examiner It’s time to get hip to lePercolateur!


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LIBBY YORK

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GIGS Every Sunday beginning December 2012 - 2pm Sunday Jazz Brunch Cafe Sole 1029 Southard Street Key West, FL 33040 Reservations (305) 292-0230 _________________________________________ Monday April 8, 2013 8PM

The Living Room Series w/t Libby York Harry S. Truman Little White House

111 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 305.294.9911 ______________________________________ Tuesday April 9, 2013 8PM

The Living Room Series w/t Libby York Harry S. Truman Little White House

111 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 305.294.9911 ______________________________________

NOTE WORTHY NEWS

New album in the works joined by John diMartino on Piano, Peter Washington on Bass, Greg Sergo on Drums, Warren Vaché on Coronet and a vocal or two. We’ll top off our first fall recording session with an October 19, 9:30 set at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Room. Then it’s a happy return to Paris for the November 9th date at the lovely Café Laurent in the tres elegant four star Hotel D’Aubusson.


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LINDA SOLOTAIRE

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GIGS EVERY 4TH TUESDAY OF THE MONTH 8:30PM-12AM

Linda’s Monthly Jazz Jam Elbo Room

2871 N. Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL. 60657 773.549.5549 www.elboroomlive.com ______________________________________ Sunday March 21, 2013 8PM

Linda Solotaire Edgewater Beach Cafe

5545 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL. 60640 773.275.4141 www.edgewaterbeachcafe.com ______________________________________ Saturday March 23, 2013 8PM

Linda Solotaire Open Door Theater

902 S. Ridgeland Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304 ______________________________________ Tuesday March 26, 2013 8PM Linda Solotaire is a jazz vocalist and leader with The

Linda Solotaire Quartet. She also performs an eclectic jazz, rock & rock blues repertoire with her musical partner, arranger/ guitarist & bassist Stu Greenspan, Linda Solotaire & Friends. Linda is classically trained in music and theatre, and began her career as an actress in the late 1970’s. As a solo jazz vocalist, she is most deeply influenced by singers like Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Abbey Lincoln, Sheila Jordan, and Judy Garland. WORKSHOPS & COACHING Linda accepts private voice students interested in focusing

on acting / interpretation. She also holds workshops in acting for dancers and body-based artists, and do-ityourself arts marketing. MORE INFO VISIT http://solorohm.net/coaching

Linda Solotaire Elbo Room

2871 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, IL 773.549.5549 www.elboroomlive.com ______________________________________ Thursday March 28, 2013 12PM

Linda Solotaire Pete Miller’s Steakhouse

1557 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL 60201 www.petemillers.com ______________________________________


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LINDY ENDRES

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Endres, music played a bit of a different

role in the beginning. Finding the perfect song to choreograph and dance to was key, as Lindy dreamt of becoming a professional dancer one day. Her childhood was filled with an array of dance styles, recitals and show choir competitions, always being labeled the ‘dancer’, never the ‘singer’. Upon graduation from Sauk Prairie High School, Sauk City, WI, Lindy attended UW Stevens Point to receive her BA in dance. With her goal in sight, Lindy dove into the world of college dance, only to become sidetracked by the musical productions UWSP had to offer. These shows ignited Lindy’s flame for singing, a talent which she thought she would never desire. Being cast in multiple musicals paired with private voice lessons created a newfound goal; to become a professional singer.

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LORETTA LEE

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Loretta Lee for many years has been known as an

“up and coming,” sultry, smooth and sophisticated jazz vocalist who is progressively taking Chicago by storm. During the course of her musical career, Loretta became best known as “Lady Lee” for her impressionable, breath-taking performance and striking imitation of the Legendary singer, Billie Holiday. Additionally, she has performed in numerous capacities at jazz clubs and many other establishments throughout the Chicago-land area. She has also given remarkable performances as an R&B and Gospel soloist. In addition to singing, Loretta enjoys roller skating, stepping, and Latin dancing. With great passion and love, she continuously sings and performs from the bottom of her soul and is truly a phenomenal entertainer.

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LOS PERROS CUBANOS

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GIGS Saturday March 23, 2013 8PM

Siboney

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Sunday April 7, 2013 7PM

Cafe Lulo

Graylake, IL ______________________________________ Sunday June 2, 2013 2PM

River Beach Pub

Chillicotha, IL ______________________________________ Thursday July 11, 2013 7PM

Port Clinton Square

Highland Park, IL ______________________________________

Los Perros Cubanos feature the music of Cuba’s

Golden Age of the 1940’s and 1950’s. Influences include Beny More, Compay Segundo, Arsenio Rodriguez, Eliades Ochoa, Buena Vista Social Club, Ibrahim Ferrer, Tito Puente, Celia Cruz, and Willie Colon.

Prepare to dance the night away! Music now available at iTunes and Amazon.


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MARC POMPE

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Marc Pompe began performing around Rush

Street as a solo piano/vocal in the mid fiftys and was influenced by the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Vocal influences include Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen McCrae and Jon Hendricks. In 1965, Marc left Chicago to work out of New York and played at Jilly’s (NYC), Eddie’s Backstreet in St. Thomas, The Gaslight Club in Toronto and Mother’s Lounge in Pittsburgh. After 40 years of performing, 1997 saw the release of Marc’s first CD, Nobody Else But Me, on Kopaesthetics Records. Since then, Marc has released 4 additional albums.

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MARK MOULTRUP

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Mark Moultrup is a keyboardist, vocalist,

composer, arranger, and educator originally from Detroit and now residing in Chicago. Many of his compositions are featured on his cds, and have also been heard on promo spots, children’s CD’s and national television. Mark has been a full-time working musician for over 30 years. Venues include work in jazz clubs, festivals, musical theater, concert stages, churches, studios, dance clubs, private and corporate functions,and has performed throughout the United States, as well as Europe, South and Central America, and the Carribean.

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MARLENE ROSENBERG

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Marlene Rosenberg has emerged as one of the

most talented and multi-faceted bass players on the scene today. She has played professionally throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America and Japan, performing with innumerable jazz luminaries, such as Kenny Barron, Frank Foster, Stan Getz, Albert “Tootie” Health, Joe Henderson, Marian McPartland, Cedar Walton, Wallace Roney, David “Fathead” Newman, Monty Alexander, Kevin Mahogony, Frank Morgan Frank Wess, Joe Williams and Nancy Wilson.

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MICHAEL HUTCHINS

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GIGS Thursday March 28, 2013 6PM-8PM

Walk to Defeat ALS Kick-Off Dinner Le Jardin Restaurant Catigny

1S151 Winfield Rd., Wheaton, IL ______________________________________ Saturday April 13, 2013 8PM-10PM

Gelato & Sinatra Via Gelato & Cafe

1853 Tower Drive, Glenview, IL 847.729.7088 www.viagelato.com ______________________________________

Michael Hutchins says Get ready to set sail Beyond The Sea with the smoothest voice to hit the stage since Ol’ Blue Eyes himself, singing the music of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, and Dean Martin.

Whether you are young or Young At Heart you will enjoy every minute of Michael’s performance.


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MICK ARCHER

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GIGS MONDAYS - FRIDAYS 12PM-2PM

Beaudivan @ O’Hare

United Terminal 1 O’Hare Int’l Airport, Chicago IL

______________________________________ MONDAYS -FRIDAYS 12PM-5PM

Bubbles Wine Bar @ O’Hare

American Terminal,O’Hare Int’l Airport, Chicago IL

______________________________________ 3RD THURSDAY EACH MONTH 8PM-12AM

Blues 88s

Chicago IL No Cover ______________________________________ EVERY MONDAY & TUESDAY 8PM-12PM

12 West Elm Nightclub 12 West Elm St., Chicago, IL 312.337.3200

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Mick Archer has toured the world as a solo act and

sideman, performing in hotels, clubs, concert venues, and cruise ships. He was the pianist in residence at The Tokyo Westin in the Summer of 2004, and since then has traveled to Holland, Germany, Ireland, England, Denmark, Sweden, Estonia, Finland and Norway to bring his unique act to worldwide audiences. Besides his career as a solo pianist/vocalist, Mick leads a trio, a Celtic Rock band (The Chicago Rovers), has one of the best dueling piano acts anywhere, and a specialty piano duo (The Blues 88s). “Mick Archer is ... an impressive master of ceremonies. Whether it’s putting hecklers in their place or singing an original, the Southside native is a natural showman.” The Chicago Tribune


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MIKE FROST

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GIGS THURSDAYS 8PM-11PM

Performing with Spiral Bar Umbriago

6 West Hubbard, Chicago IL 773.555.1212 www.barumbriago.com ______________________________________

Mike Frost has been a featured performer with

blues legend Otis Rush, and has been a member/ soloist with many prominent jazz bands in the city. Mike has also played on various recordings with musicians from the bands of Miles Davis and David Sanborn and leads the Mike Frost Project, one of the most exciting jazz groups to be based in Chicago during the past few years. With three CD releases, MFP plays straight-ahead jazz, using great songs from the past plus contributing new originals in a complementary style. The group performs a modern day version of an earlier style but in their own way.


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MIKE JEFFERS

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GIGS TUESDAYS 8PM-11PM

Performing w/t the Stephanie Browning Trio

Bar Umbriago

6 West Hubbard, Chicago IL www.barumbriago.com ______________________________________ THURSDAYS 8PM-11PM

Performing with Spiral (Jazz & Funk) Bar Umbriago

6 West Hubbard, Chicago IL www.barumbriago.com ______________________________________ Friday March 22, 2013 8PM

Performing w/t Joe Policasro and Demos Petropolous The Grill In The Alley

909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 773.549.5549 www.thegrill.com ______________________________________ Saturday March 23, 2013 8PM

Mike Jeffers, drummer and president of Chicago

Jazz Magazine and ChicagoJazz.com has over 20 years of professional musical performance experience. Jeffers has traveled extensively throughout college as a member of the University of North Texas percussion ensemble. He has performed with different jazz and rock groups at such venues as Carnegie Hall, the House of Blues, Taste of Chicago, Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, The Metro, Schubas, Double Door and many other clubs, festivals and venues throughout the country. Currently he is a freelance musician who runs his own entertainment company, Chicago Jazz Entertainment, booking his variety of musical groups for private events, festivals and club dates throughout the country.

Performing w/t Nick Schneider and Demos Petropolous The Grill In The Alley

909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 773.549.5549 www.thegrill.com ______________________________________


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MIKE STARON

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NOTEABLE QUOTES

“He’s a versatile, forward looking and accomplished performer.” JazzTimes His bowing is some of the best I ever heard. He is a true rival of Mike Formanek, Dave Holland, and Paul Rogers.” Beyond Coltrane / Fred Barrett “Mike to me has a lot of technique and he’s perfect for playing in a trio because he’s inspirational, he will follow my chords, whatever melody I play he will follow, he will change key with me; which is what I need.” Hal Russell Hal An Oral History

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NANETTE FRANK

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Nanette Frank “One of Chicago’s jazz greats”named

by WGN Morning News. An Impeccable five octave vocal range, She’s the voice behind such major brands as Coca-Cola (Always Coca-Cola) national radio, TV spots originally released as a 12inch dance single. The ad became the longest running advertising campaign in the company’s history. Nanette also launched the Crest Multicare product line with her rendition of “If I Could.” Whether she’s performing at festivals, like The Taste Of Chicago, The African Arts Festival or any number of high profile charity and social events, Nanette’s unique and often magical blend of jazz, traditional, and R&B “Turns out the house” wherever she performs.

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NIA QUINTET

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Thursday April 4 2013 7PM

Brooks Middle School Jazz Night

325 S. Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park, IL www.op97.org ______________________________________ Tuesday April 9, 2013 9:30PM

Jerry’s Sandwiches 1938 W. Division, Chicago, IL

847.729.7088 www.jerryssandwiches.com ______________________________________ Tuesday April 9, 2013 9:30PM

Jerry’s Sandwiches 1938 W. Division, Chicago, IL

847.729.7088 www.jerryssandwiches.com ______________________________________ Wednesday May 15, 2013 7PM

ETA Creative Arts Foundation 7558 S. Chicago Ave., Chicago, IL

www.etacreativearts.org ______________________________________

The Nia Quintet is an in-demand quintet from

Chicago featuring some of Chicago’s finest musicians. They have performed at all of Chicago’s finest Jazz clubs including the Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, Hot House and many more. They play original music written and arranged by trumpeter/composer Scott Anderson, a semi-finalist in the 2012 International Songwriters Competition. Their first CD “End of Time” charted in the top 50 in the country for radio play and at number 15 on the College Music Journal Charts. Receiving rave reviews from all the major trades including JazzTimes, and Cadence magazine. Their second CD “Earth Sign” is being released this year, 2013.

Friday June 21, 2013

Elkhart Jazz Festival Elkhart, IN

www.downtownelkhart.org/arts-entertainment/jazzfestival.html

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NICK SCHNEIDER

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GIGS Saturday March 23, 2013 8PM

Performing w/t Mike Jeffers and Demos Petropolous The Grill In The Alley

909 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 773.549.5549 www.thegrill.com ______________________________________

Nick Schneider is rated as one of the top bass

players in jazz today. He has performed with such greats as Randy Brecker, Eddie Higgins, Buddy Rich Big Band, Teddy Wilson, And The Tonight Show Band just to name a few. Nick currently teaches at Oakton Community College, The University of Wisconsin Indianhead Arts Center, and through his private studio. Nick is also a member of The Bruce Oscar Trio which hosts several different jam sessions throughout Chicago.


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RAY BAILEY

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Ray Bailey is an accomplished musician and band

leader as well as an exciting performer of all jazz styles. In the Chicago area he has performed at most major country clubs, hotels and in local jazz clubs such as Andy’s, The Back Room, Bella Vista, The Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, Pop’s for Champaign, Joe’s Bebop Café and may others that have come and gone. The Ray Bailey Jazz Quintet played to standing-roomonly crowds for 19 summers in the Garden Café of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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RHONDA BROWNE

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Rhonda High Browne has been a singer/

songwriter for a number of years in the Chicago area and elsewhere. After a successful career as a print model for Jewel Foods, Soft Sheen Hair Products, and several others, she returned to her first love of music, where she received her Associates Degree in Fine Arts from South Suburban College and her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Columbia College Chicago in Jazz Vocal Performance. Rhonda has worked with some of the finest musicians in Chicago such as Roger Harris, Chuck Webb, Curtis Robinson, (to name a few). Currently, Rhonda is the bandleader vocalist of her R&B, Jazz trio “Pieces.” She performs at weddings, corporate functions and various social events and describes her music as “Feel Good Music.”

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RITA McCONVILLE

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Rita McConville has been singing professionally

to the delight of Midwest audiences for over 10 years in venues ranging from legendary jazz clubs like The Green Mill to various dancehalls, roadhouses and churches. As testament to her rare versatility, Rita has been known to sing both legs of a wedding, nailing the ceremony and reception with equally soulful precision. If you haven’t heard about Rita McConville before, that’s understandable because she has been engaging her musical passion full time only recently…or as she likes to put it, as a recovering local television director, nearly three years clean.

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ROBIN WATSON

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GIGS Saturday March 23, 2013 8:30PM-11:30PM

Tapas 7232 Music on Madison

7232 West Madison, Forest Park, IL 60130 708.689.8077 www.tapas7232.com ______________________________________ Saturday April 13, 2013 8:30PM-11:30PM

Tapas 7232 Music on Madison

7232 West Madison, Forest Park, IL 60130 708.689.8077 www.tapas7232.com ______________________________________ Saturday April 20, 2013

John & Tony’s

27NW371 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185 630.520.0593 www.johnandtonys.com ______________________________________ Saturday April 27, 2013 7PM -12PM

Holy Family Jazz Extravaganza at Saint Ignatius Commons Robin Watson is Jazzlady Robin. A vocalist/leader,

her styling is described to be an appealing blend of Sarah, Dinah, Carmen and Nina, while her creativity is clearly influenced by that of her distant cousin, Ella. Robin’s performance career has spanned decades through Chicago’s premiere jazz venues, wooing audiences from large stages - Petrillo Bandshell, Garfield Park Conservatory, Pheasant Run, United Center, Odyssey Cruises, Showboat, Empress and Majestic Star Casinos- and more intimate music rooms at the Peninsula Hotel, Braxton’s, Tuscany’s, John & Tony’s, Metropolitan Club, Como Inn, Backroom and Cotton Clubs. Robin has a BA in vocal performance from Spelman College. Her humor, energy and authenticity make her performances compelling and engaging.

1018 W. Roosevelt Rd, Chicago, IL 60603 312.822.1239 www.holyfamilychicago.org ______________________________________


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ROGER HARRIS

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Roger L. Harris is a pianist residing in Chicago,

IL. His musical talents were evident at an early age. His father, Leo Harris, is the cellist that founded the South Side Family Chamber Orchestra and encouraged Roger to embrace his gift. Roger is currently the Conductor Emeritus of that orchestra. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Roger taught band, orchestra, choir, general music, and commercial music in various Illinois and Indiana school districts.

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RUSTY JONES

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Rusty Jones has been an integral part of the

Chicago music scene since he moved here in 1967. His experience includes a broad range of musical styles, both jazz and commercial. Originally from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he comes from a very musical family, both parents having been in the music business before he was born. His great uncle, Isham Jones, was a famous songwriter and band leader in the 20’s and 30’s. To name only a few, his career includes three and a half years with Judy Roberts, six years with George Shearing, Marion McPartland, Buddy DeFranco, Chet Baker, Ira Sullivan, Mark Murphy, Anita O’Day, Frank D’Rone, Patricia Barber, Johnny Gabor, Frank Portolese, Marc Pompe, Zvonimir Tot, and many others too numerous to mention.

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SAM FAZIO

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GIGS Thursday March 21, 2013 5:30PM-7PM

Sam Fazio Trio

Bulls Pre Game Show at United Center Chicago, IL.

_________________________________________ Friday March 22, 2013 9PM

Sam Fazio Duo

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

_________________________________________ Friday March 29, 2013 9PM

Sam Fazio Duo

The Drake Hotel 140 East Walton Place, Chicago, IL. 312.787.2200 www.thedrakehotel.com

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Sam Fazio made his return to the Chicago music scene

in 2009. Over the years, Sam has performed in nightclubs throughout Chicago and Las Vegas. Sam’s repertoire includes a unique mix of American standards, swing tunes and pop classics. His heartfelt interpretations bring new life to the standards and showcase his soulful, yet classic style. Sam performs at a variety of venues and events around the Chicagoland area, including weekly performances at the Drake Hotel.


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SHAWN MAXWELL

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Shawn Maxwell has the urge—a quality

fundamental to those who create improvised music on a nightly basis. In this way, it is not enough to simply create, but the need to innovate guides each note. His art lies in addressing the ordinary modalities of life in an extraordinary way, placing notes in their most complimentary places with precision and enthusiasm. Each harmony he creates is purposeful in form as well as function. After starting his professional career touring Internationally, across the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, Maxwell returned home to conquer the Windy City. With equal parts genius and toil, Maxwell has become one the preeminent performers in the Chicago jazz landscape. His multi-instrumental talents have been lauded by fellow musicians and critics alike.

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SKINNY WILLIAMS

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GIGS Thursday March 21, 2013 9:15PM

Backroom

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Friday March 22, 20139:15PM

Backroom

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Saturday March 23, 2013 9:15PM

Backroom

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Sunday March 24, 2013 9:15PM

Backroom

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Monday March 25, 2013 9:15PM

Backroom

Chicago, IL ______________________________________ Wednesday March 27, 2013 7PM

Skinny Williams is an accomplished saxophonist

and instrumentalist, a savvy composer, and an electrifying performer who — since the release of his first solo album in 1999 — has created a series of recordings that have made him a distinctive talent in the realm of contemporary jazz. Through his noteworthy combination of earthy grooves and soulful improvisations, Williams has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation. Williams is one of the industry’s most respected and in-demand players, with critics comparing him to such greats as Stanley Turrentine, Junior Walker, Grover Washington Jr. and Boney James.

Geno’s

Calumet Park, IL ______________________________________ Thursday March 28, 2013 7:30PM

Majestic Star Casino

Gary, IN ______________________________________ Friday March 29, 2013 7:30PM

Pinstripes

Oakbrook, IL ______________________________________


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STACY McMICHAEL

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GIGS Saturday March 30, 2013

lePercolateur CD RELEASE SHOW

Performing w/t lePercolateur Mayne Stage

1328 W. Morse , Chicago, IL 60626 ______________________________________

Stacy McMichael is one of the premier bassists

in Chicago today. Equally proficient on upright bass and electric bass, Stacy performs comfortably within a broad range of genres and styles. As an active professional bassist, Ms. McMichael has played with hundreds of artists in countless settings. Ms. McMichael received her Masters degree (Jazz Bass performance & pedagogy) from the prestigious University of Miami Jazz School and her Bachelors degree (Double Bass performance) from the University of Nebraska - Omaha. Ms. McMichael currently holds a faculty position as Adjunct Professor of Bass at Olivet Nazarene University.


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STEPHANIE BROWNING

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GIGS TUESDAYS 8PM-11PM

Performing w/t Stephanie Browning Trio Bar Umbriago

6 West Hubbard, Chicago IL www.barumbriago.com ______________________________________

Stephanie Browning made a name for herself as

the Artist-in-residence at the world renowned Gold Star Sardine Bar, a listening room reminiscent of Paris in the ‘30s. The venue was an international gem and captivated audiences assisted Stephanie in honing her improvisational skills and soulful voice. During her two-year tenure she performed for celebrities and European royalty, as well as many a love struck couple out to make a memorable night. Since that time, Stephanie has been featured at the Chicago area’s most notable jazz clubs, including Andy’s, The Green Mill, Pete Millers, Pops for Champagne, as well as many others.


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STEVEN HASHIMOTO

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GIGS 3rd SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH 9PM-11:30PM

Steven Hashimoto Quartet Simon’s Tavern

Chicago IL ______________________________________ 3rd MONDAY OF EVERY MONTH 8PM-10PM

Steven Hashimoto & Pat Fleming Kopi Café

Chicago IL 773.989.5674 ______________________________________ EVERY FRIDAY 1:30AM-3:45AM

Green Mill Quartet Jam Session Green Mill

Chicago IL 773.878.5552 ______________________________________

Steven Hashimoto has been a highly visible part of

Chicago’s jazz scene since 1976, when he founded the band Mothra (which is still in existence, with a CD on AsianImprov Records). He has also anchored the late-night jam sessions at The Green Mill on Fridays for almost 16 years. He has recorded with many local bands, and appeared at almost every jazz venue in Chicago. He has also appeared at The Chicago Jazz Festival, Taste of Chicago, ChicagoFest, Chicago’s Asian American Jazz Festival, as well as festivals and concert venues nationwide.


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THE HARRIS GROUP

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The Harris Group delivers an approach

to progressive jazz that focuses on more than improvisation. Influenced by Joe Beck and Steps Ahead, The Harris Group offers jazz that will no doubt stand the test of time. Although it is the basis of their repertoire, The Harris Group knows the audience for their music is broad, not defined by jazz alone. The Harris Group knows how to please an audience that is looking for meat and blood rather than fleeting hits.

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TOM MUELLNER

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GIGS EVERY MONDAY 9PM-1AM

Tommy’s Pro Jazz Party with Special Guests Serbian Village Restaurant

3144 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago IL 773.478.2900 ______________________________________ EVERY SATURDAY 8PM-11PM

Confetti’s

5101 Washington St., Chicago IL ______________________________________ Wednesday April 3, 2013 7PM-10PM

Performing w/t Stephanie Aaron El Cid Mexican Restaurant

2645 N. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, IL 773.395.0505 ______________________________________ Saturday April 27, 2013 7PM-10PM

Performing with Spider Saloff Katerina’s

Tommy Muellner is a respected Chicagoland

jazz pianist and composer. He has received critical acclaim from aficionados and statesmen throughout the jazz world for his piano acumen and creativity. He has an uncanny understanding of harmonic movement, improvisation and musical interplay and as such continues to dazzle audiences with his unique brand of swinging lyrical jazz piano. He receives rave reviews wherever he performs. Indeed, acclaim for the talent, taste and splendid style of this consummate professional is as resonant as the rich chords and silky lines with which Tommy Muellner creates his personal musical magic.

1920 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 773.348.7592 www.katerinas.com ______________________________________


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GIGS Thursday March 21, 2013 8:30PM-11:30PM

Ty Cooper Quartet 3160 Chicago’s Piano & Cabaret

3160 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 773.327.5969 www.3160chicago.com ______________________________________ Thursday April 18, 2013 8:30PM-11:30PM

Ty Cooper Quartet 3160 Chicago’s Piano & Cabaret

3160 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60657 773.327.5969 www.3160chicago.com ______________________________________ Friday April 26, 2013 7:30PM -11:30PM

Ty Cooper Quartet John & Tony’s

27NW371 North Ave., West Chicago, IL 60185 630.520.0593 www.johnandtonys.com ______________________________________

Ty Cooper is a jazz vocalist. When she sings you

will find yourself dreaming of a different era where the greatest singers of all times will come alive just for you.


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Zvonimir Tot (z-VON-e-mere TOTE) is a

Chicago-based jazz guitarist, composer, and arranger with a style deeply rooted in the jazz tradition but flavored by his European origin. Tot has performed in the United States, the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Romania, and Croatia.

GIGS No performances scheduled at this time.


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