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36th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival Aug. 28-31 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 24 August 2014

Craig Taborn Andrea Canter

This year’s headliners include trumpeter and noted film music composer Terence Blanchard, vibraphonist and jazz education pioneer Gary Burton, Miles Davis alumnus bassist Dave Holland and his all star fusion band Prism featuring three of modern jazz’s leading lights – Craig Taborn, guitarist Kevin Eubanks (formerly of The Tonight Show Band) and drummer Eric Harland, jazz’s most celebrated new straight-ahead singer in years (and rightly so), Cecile McLorin Salvant, Chicago-affiliated bassist Rufus Reid, trumpeter and now elder statesman and noted mentor Tom Harrell leads a new band, Colors of a Dream featuring Esperanza Spalding. Finally, the Sun Ra Arkestra celebrates the centennial of Ra’s “arrival” on planet Earth from Saturn.

B3 Boss Joey Defrancesco with his Trio at SPACE in Evanston 8/1 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 26 July 2014

Joey DeFrancesco Andrea Canter

Twice Grammy® nominated, Master of the Jazz Organ, Trumpeter & Vocalist, Joey DeFrancesco once again was voted best jazz organist in the 2013 Downbeat Magazine readers poll. That's no surprise since nobody does it better. Joey D. along with trio members George Fludas & Jeff Parker offer a hard- driving performance that swings straight ahead. On Friday, August 1st at 8:00 p.m.  they appear at SPACE in Evanston. Tickets are $20-$35.
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
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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.

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