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6th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival wraps up this week, March 4-8 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 01 March 2015

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John Moulder: musician, priest, and producer of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Dianne Reeves open the festival on January 30, it now continues March 4th through 8th. This is a charitable event presenting great jazz with proceeds going to feed the hungry. Three jazz clubs present three different groups in a single evening including the Jazz Showcase on Wednesday, March 4th; Andy's on Thursday, March 5th; and the Green Mill on Friday, march 6th. Then on Sunday, March 8th as part of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. PianoForte Studios presents double Monk program at noon, a Jazz Vespers Service will feature a big band whose repertoire will include selections from the Duke Ellington Concert of Sacred Music at First Presbyterian Evanston at 4:00 p.m., and starting at 6:00 p.m. Fitzgerald’s presents five bands. Details follow:
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Pat Martino with Pat Bianchi, Carmen Intorre at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago 2/26-3/1 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 22 February 2015

"Mr. Martino is back and he is plotting new musical directions, adding more layers to his myth." -New York Times

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Pat Martino © Andrea Canter

Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist Pat Martino and his trio, featuring Hammond B3 organ master Pat Bianchi and drummer Carmen Intorre, will appear at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, February 16th through Sunday, March 1st. Martino has had a prolific career in jazz that dates back to the early 1960s. He has been recording and leading his own groups since 1967. He has recorded for all of the top labels in jazz including Vanguard, Prestige, Concord, Fantasy, Warner Brothers, Polydor, Atlantic, Mainstream, and Blue Note Records. Many of Martino’s recordings are now considered classic, and all of his vinyl recordings have been reissued on CD. He has close to 30 albums out as a leader, and there would be many more if not for a life threatening illness that struck him in the mid 1970s.

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NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo at Constellation in Chicago 2/20 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 14 February 2015

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Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer (Sunnyside Records)

Legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz - whose career has included work with Miles Davis and Lenny Tristano - performs tonight in a rare, intimate duo setting with pianist Dan Tepfer. Lee Konitz is one of the more distinctive alto saxophonists in jazz since Charlie Parker (and one of the few that did not outright copy Parker's style), pairing his individual style and voice with a strong sense of innovation. Dan Tepfer has collaborated with Lee Konitz recording Duos with Lee on Sunnyside Records in 2009. Hear the Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo perform at Constellation on Friday, February 20th with sets at 7:30 ($20-$25) and 9:30 ($15-$25).
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Makaya McCraven CD Release at the Green Mill, 2/6-7 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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Makaya McCraven
Makaya McCraven has recorded extensively across genres. His debut record as a leader, "Split Decision" (Chicago Sessions, 2012) was well received getting critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, Jazz Weekly, All about Jazz and reaching #6 for Blaze Radios top #25 in 2012. THat record, which reached first round Grammy consideration, along with  his 13 piece all-star band’s featured performance at Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, quickly established Makaya as one of the leading voices on the Chicago music scene. His new release, “In the Moment” (International Anthem Records) forges new routes in creative music, incorporating electronic elements and improvised music. Come here the celebrtion of the CD release wih Makaya McCraven on drums, Jeff Parker on guitar, Justin Thomas on vibes, and Junius Paul on bass at the Green Mill on Friday, February 6th and Saturday, Feruary 7th.
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