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Pat Mallinger Quartet Early at Andy's This Weekend PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tuesday, 08 July 2014

Pat Mallinger © Andrea Canter

Pat Mallinger is one of Chicago's top saxophonists. His new release Elevate earned a four-star review in Downbeat  by Michael Jackson who calls it "Organically flowing, passionately played, highly recommended".  Mallinger's 2011 release Home On Richmond was called "... an often-explosive exhibition of instrumental versatility from one of the finest saxophonists in modern post-bop" by Jazz Police contributing editor Andrea Canter [click here for the full Jazz Police Review]. The Pat Mallinger Quartets feature Pat Mallinger on saxophones with  Pete Benson (of Sabertooth) on piano, Matt Ferguson on bass, and Mike Schlick on drums on Firday, July 11th and with Kyle Asche on guitar, Jake Viinsel on bass, and Mike Schlick returning on drums on Saturday, July12th with shows at 5 and 7 p.m. each night. The Marquis Hill Quintet follows at 9:30 and 11:30 p.m. each night.
Kurt Elling Returns to the Green Mill July 4-5 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 29 June 2014


Kurt Elling © Andrea Canter

Grammy winner Kurt Elling is among the world’s foremost jazz vocalists. He has won every DownBeat Critics Poll for the last thirteen years and has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times in that same span. Every one of Elling’s nine albums has been nominated for a Grammy.  Kurt Elling will appear at the Green Mill on Friday and Saturday, July 4th and 5th. He will be performing with his quintet featuring John McLean on Guitar, Gary Versace on Piano, Clark Sommers on Bass, and Bryan Carter on Drums.

Eric Alexander / Harold Mabern Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, June 26-29 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 22 June 2014


Eric Alexander @copy; Andrea Canter

It just doesn't get better than this. Eric Alexander is unquestionably one of the top tenor saxophonists playing today, his mastery of the music and his instrument are unsurpassed. Eric's friend and mentor, Harold Mabern is one of jazz's most respected and skilful pianists. As sideman and leader, Mabern has played with many jazz greats inclluding Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Benny Golson and Sarah Vaughan. He has been a member of the groundbreaking groups the Jazztet, MJT+3 and the Contemporary Piano Ensemble. Join them as they perform with their quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, June 26th through Sunday, June 29th with sets at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. nightly and a 4:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon.

Moutin Factory Quintet at the Green Mill June 20-21 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 15 June 2014
François and Louis Moutin

In 2013, François and Louis Moutin have created a new band after touring with their Reunion Quartet for more than a decade. The very first performance of the Moutin Factory Quintet took place at the famous festival Jazz Festival in Marciac in August 2013. The first album "Lucky People" was released in September 2013, and the band has toured intensively in France from October through December 2013, performing concerts and in festivals like Nancy Jazz Pulsation nad D'Jazz Nevers. Now touring the US, the Moutin Factory Quintet featuring François Moutin on upright bass, Louis Moutin on drums, Manu Codjia on guitar, Thomas Enhco on piano, and Christophe Monniot on alto & sopranino saxophone will appear at the Green Mill on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st.
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