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Sabertooth Celebrates 22 Years of Swinging Overnighters at the Green Mill 11/29 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 23 November 2014

“Mallinger's partnership in Sabertooth with tenor saxist Cameron Pfiffner recalls the fabled duo of Zoot Sims and Al Cohn, tenorists who decades earlier battled against each other one moment, traded silken ballad phrases the next. Add the terrific organist Pete Benson and drummer Ted Sirota into the mix, and you understand why this engagement has thrived for so many years." -
Chicago Tribune
Cameron Pfiffner and Pat Mallinger

For 22 years, the Sabertooth jazz quartet has held the "After Hours Jazz Party" every Saturday night (well, technically Sunday moring) from midnight until 5 A.M. at the Green Mill. Formed in 1990 by saxophonists Pat Mallinger and Cameron Pfiffner, Sabertooth explores a variety of jazz idioms from soul jazz and hard-bop to modal and post-bop in the quartet which also includes Pete Benson on the Hammond B3 organ and Ted Sirota on the drums. The band's repertoire includes many original compositions, such as "It's surely gonna flop if it ain't got that Bop" and "Dr. Midnight" as well as standards and interpretations of rock tunes. Join the swinging, all-night party on Saturday, November 29th at the Green Mill.
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 11/20-23 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 15 November 2014
Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet

Jason is the son of pianist and music educator Ellis Marsalis, and the youngest sibling of Wynton, Branford and Delfeayo. Together, the four brothers and their patriarch Ellis, comprise New Orleans venerable first family of jazz.  21st Century Trad Band is the newest record from the Jason Marsalis Vibes Quartet. In the follow-up to last year´s successful release, In a World of Mallets, the group expands on its sound and musical possibilities. Hear this quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, November 20th trhough Sunday, November 23rd.
John Abercrombie Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 10/30-11/2 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 26 October 2014


John Abercrombie Quartet John Rogers, ECM Records

John Abercrombie’s revised quartet includes Marc Copland. Yet guitarist and pianist are old allies, with an association stretching back forty years. Both were members of Chico Hamilton’s quartet, and at the dawn of fusion both played with pioneering jazz-rock band Dreams. In the earliest days of their affiliation, Marc was still playing alto saxophone, the instrument on which he first built a reputation. Around 1970 he switched to piano, gradually distilling diverse influences into a personal jazz style. Since the late 1990s they’ve revived their partnership in diverse contexts and have toured in formations ranging from piano-guitar duo to trio with Kenny Wheeler to the cooperative group Contact with Dave Liebman and Billy Hart. This quartet also include bassist Drew Gress and drummer Joey Baron. Their recent release on ECM is 39 Steps. Catch them at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, October 30th through Sunday, November 2nd
The Willie Pickens Quintet at the Green Mill, October 24-25 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 19 October 2014


Willie Pickens

Veteran Chicago pianist Willie Pickens will grace the stage of the Green Mill in Chicago with his quintet on Friday, October 24th and Saturday, October 25th. Now in his 80's,  Willie Pickens' contributions to the world of jazz and music education have been immeasurable. The list of musicians with whom he has worked is a veritable who’s who of the industry: Elvin Jones, James Moody, Max Roach, Eddie Harris, Marian McPartland, Roy Hargrove, Bobby Hutcherson—the list goes on and on.


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