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The Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Jazz Showcase Boxing Day through 1/4 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 20 December 2014

“…with a straight-ahead group, everyone has to contribute, (both) opening things up compositionally (and) keeping the program well-rounded.” -Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter

One of the finest trumpeters in the world, Multiple Grammy-Award winning jazz trumpeter/composer Roy Hargrove has always explored diverse music, from Afro-Cuban to funk, even venturing into pop mainstream. A major force on the jazz scene since his teens, Hargrove continues to stretch his musical boundaries. A collaborator in recent years with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and McCoy Tyner, Hargrove plays hard-swinging trumpet and lush flugelhorn. He leads his straight-ahead quintet in further explorations of post-bop modern jazz.  Hargrove performes with his quintet at the Jazz Showcase intofor the holidays on Boxing Day, Friday, December 26th through Sunday, Janusry 4th.

Jazz Record Art Collective Presents the Pat Mallinger Octet performing Cannonball's Bossa PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 14 December 2014
Pat Mallinger © Andrea Canter

The Jazz Record Art Collective presents the Pat Mallinger Octet performing Cannonball Adderley’s
Cannonball's Bossa Nova in its entirety on Wednesday, December 17th at 8:30pm. The evening will also feature a solo exhibit by artist Christina Sedlemaier, who will do a live painting of the band’s performance.  Pat Mallinger Octet includes  Pat Mallinger on alto sax, Brian OHern on piano, Matthew Ferguson on bass, Mike Allemana on guitar, Joe Adamik on drums, Geraldo de Oliveira on percussion, Dave Creighton on sax, and B. J. Cord on trumpet.  "The Jazz Record Art Collective," occurs the third Wednesday every month at the Fulton Street Collective, located at 2000 West Fulton Street.
It's Easy to Love Roberta Gambarini--At the Jazz Showcase through Sunday, 12/14 PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Tuesday, 09 December 2014

"She has a versatile style and she has a voice that is almost limitless as far as range is concerned. She has wonderful clarity. You can understand every word she says, which is not possible with some singers... Her versatility reminds me of Ella Fitzgerald... Playing for her is one of the highlights of my life.” – Hank Jones

Roberta Gambarini and Justin Robinson©Andrea Canter

Since placing a surprising third in the 1998 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition (behind the late Teri Thornton and soon-to-be sensation Jane Monheit), Italian vocalist Roberta Gambarini has not only acclimated to life as a New York-based jazz artist, she has embraced each opportunity with increasing success, a trajectory of one of the most talented singers of her generation. On December 12-14, Roberta performs at  the Jazz Showcase sporting a band that easily stands alone as an all-star ensemble-- Roy Hargrove associates Justin Robinson on sax and Sullivan Fortner on piano, and living legends Ray Drummond on bass and Jimmy Cobb on drums.

Tom Harrell TRIP at the Jazz Showcase 12/4-7 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 30 November 2014
Tom Harrell © Andrea Canter

Tom Harrell's group TRIP is a piano-less quartet featuring saxophonist Mark Turner, bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz. The group first performed in Rochester, New York, and at the Jazz Standard during Dave Douglas' Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT) in October of 2012. Harrell premiered the suite with six sections he wrote specifically for this group. TRIP reconvened a year later at the Village Vanguard and made a studio recording the following week.The quartet later released the self-titled album TRIP. Hear this amazing group at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, December 4th through Sunday, December 7th.
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