The Lineup on 3/10, Night 3 at Andy’s

We’ll start the evening with the George Fludas Quartet.

George Fludas
George Fludas

Chicago drummer George Fludas was inspired to play drums by his father, who was also a drummer, and who exposed him to great jazz drummers such as Art Blakey, Max Roach, and “Philly” Joe Jones. He began freelancing with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Jodie Christian and Lin Halliday, as well as playing in groups with guitarist Bobby Broom, and saxophonists Ron Blake and Eric Alexander. He has subsequently played with many stellar musicians such as Ira Sullivan, Buddy Montgomery, Lou Donaldson, Frank Wess, Kenny Burrell, Betty Carter, Johnny Griffin, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Cedar Walton, Diana Krall, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, Junior Cook, Slide Hampton, Jesse Davis and Benny Green. He toured Europe and Japan extensively as a member of Ray Brown’s Trio, and with groups led by Hank Jones, Diana Krall, Monty Alexander, Cedar Walton and Joey DeFrancesco. Fludas lives in Chicago with his wife and two sons and performs regularly with local artists and visiting headliners at the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club and The Green Mill. He can be heard on numerous CDs as a sideman with Ray Brown, Eric Alexander, Monty Alexander, Kyle Asche, Geof Bradfield, Scott Burns, Bobby Broom, Lin Halliday and the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.

Eric Schneider
Eric Schneider

Our second set will feature Eric Schneider & Friends. After graduating from the University of Illinois and four years of extensive touring with Earl Fatha’ Hines and two years with Count Basie and his Orchestra (recording with both), Eric returned to Chicago and embarked on a richly diverse career that blends studio work, concert performances and jazz festivals, both in and out of town. He’s in constant demand on clarinet and saxophone by small groups and big bands that need a soloist who possesses both erudition and passion. Along the way he’s worked with the who’s who of jazz. He walks in the footsteps of the giants while expressing a vision that is entirely his own.

Frank Catalano
Frank Catalano

The Frank Catalano Sextet will finish the evening. Downbeat said, “Frank Catalano is John Coltrane energy for the 21st century!!!” Now 37 years old, Catalano is the only known saxman to have performed with Miles Davis, Randy Brecker, Charles Earland, Elvin Jones, Stan Getz, Betty Carter, Von Freeman, Tito Puente, Tony Bennett, Les Claypool and Louis Bellson while still in high school! This led to his signing to Delmark Records at age 18 and a string of critically acclaimed recordings. Catalano has been heard by millions of people all over the world thanks in part to 3 Grammy-winning and 11 Grammy-nominated recordings with artists such as Jennifer Lopez, Destiny’s Child, and John Legend. He has also performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal. As an entrepreneur, Frank has patented a devise that allows him to control his saxophone via midi components. Frank is a spokesperson/clinician/performing artist for companies such as Yamaha, Rico/D’Addario, and JodyJazz. He can be seen in their Print Ads worldwide. Catalano’s songs have been used in the ad campaigns of Motorola, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Budweiser as well as numerous TV and Film productions.

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The Lineup for Night #2 on 3/9? Spectacular!

Chicago's Jazz Showcase
Chicago’s Jazz Showcase
Bobby Broom
Bobby Broom

There will be no place like the Jazz Showcase for night #2 of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. We’ll start the evening with preeminent guitarist Bobby Broom who embodies the truism that it’s the player not the tune that makes for a memorable performance in jazz. He’s been an elite sideman with the likes of Sonny Rollins, Stanley Turrentine, and Dr. John among others. Broom always  demonstrates a keen ear for rarely played material, a gift for composing evocative tunes, and an impressive facility with knotty rhythmic puzzles.

Leandro Lopez Varady
Leandro Lopez Varady

The second set belongs to Leandro Lopez Varady, master of the piano and keyboard as well as an exciting composer. He has traveled across the country and around the world playing jazz with so many notable groups. Currently Leandro is pianist for the Orbert Davis Chicago Jazz Philharmonic and teaches Piano and Latin Jazz Ensemble at Lewis University in Romeoville, IL.

Closing out the evening we are delighted to present Howard Levy and John Moulder playing with Larry Kohut, and Makaya McCraven.

Howard Levy
Howard Levy

Multiple Grammy- Award Winner Howard Levy is an acknowledged master of the diatonic harmonica, a superb pianist, innovative composer, recording artist, bandleader, teacher, producer, and Chicago area resident. His musical travels have taken him all over the geographical world and the musical map. Equally at home in Jazz, Classical music, Rock, Folk, Latin, and World Music, he brings a fresh lyrical approach to whatever he plays. This has made him a favorite with audiences worldwide, and a recording artist sought after by the likes of Kenny Loggins, Dolly Parton, Paquito D’Rivera, Styx, Donald Fagen, and Paul Simon. As a sideman, Howard has appeared on hundreds of CDs and played on many movie soundtracks.

John Moulder
John Moulder

John Moulder is a guitarist and composer whose music has evolved from an assimilation of various musical traditions. John’s compositions and playing are featured on his CDs entitled Awakening (Mo-Tonal Records 1993), Through the Open Door (Igmod/Mo-Tonal Records 1997), Spirit Talk (NAIM 2003), and Trinity (Origin 2006) and Bifrost (Origin 2009) both named one of the ten best jazz CDs of 2006 and 2009 respectively by the Chicago Tribune. On his most recent release entitled The Eleventh Hour: Live at the Green Mill (Origin 2012), John collaborates with his long time musical companions, Paul Wertico, Larry Gray, Jim Trompeter and Geof Bradfield.

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Jazz Vespers Service Kicks-off Chi-Town Festival

Jazz Vespers at First PresA Jazz Vespers Service on March 6 at First Presbyterian Evanston will kick-off this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival. We’ll feature veteran jazz saxaphonist, Jim Gailloreto, performing 2 original compositions both for Soprano Saxophone, Voice and Cello.  The musicians will be Jill Kaeding (Cello), Cheryl Wilson (Voice) and Jim (Soprano Saxophone).

Jim Gailloreto
Jim Gailloreto

The composition ‘Song of Psalms’ is inspired by three Psalms suggested by Rev. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Evanston. This new music’s style is not classical or jazz, but something in the middle. The work is special to Jim because it is a collaboration with his son, Coleman Gailloreto.  The group will also perform a recent composition “As of Yet”, written for the same instrumentation.  The vocals are wordless.

Song of Psalms (Lyrics by Coleman Gailloreto)

  • Psalms of Lament: 42:9-10
  • Psalms of Hope: 33: 18-22
  • Psalms of Thanksgiving: 9: 1-2

As of Yet

Tammy McCann
Tammy McCann

After a brief intermission we’ll hear from the exciting Tammy McCann. Tammy McCann has been named “Best Jazz Vocal Performance” for several years by the Chicago Tribune!!!  Tammy is an internationally recognized Jazz Vocalist who’s powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging Classical vocal technique and Gospel esthetic with Jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. Chicago Tribune’s Arts Critic, Howard Reich says McCann has, “A voice that soars in all registers, at all tempos, on all occasions… a voice that inspires wonder!”
Learn more about Jim Gailloreto here.
Learn more about Tammy McCann here.

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Thanks to WDCB for the Boost

CTJF Director John Moulder on WDCB with Barry Winograd.
CTJF Director John Moulder on WDCB with Barry Winograd.

Chicago jazz guitarist and Founder/Director of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, John Moulder, was welcomed by the WDCB studios on Monday, February 22, to talk with WDCB’s Barry Winograd about the 7th annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, which raises funds for hunger relief in Chicago. WDCB has been a strong media supporter of our Festival from the beginning. Thanks again folks, for your help and for the great variety of music you play.

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Our Final, Beautiful Schedule

Chi-Town Jazz Festival Final Schedule
Chi-Town Jazz Festival Final Schedule

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Bird’s-eye View of the Night’s Great Gigs

Chicago's Symphony Center
Chicago’s Symphony Center

Symphony Center was just about packed as the evening began with Willie Pickens on piano, Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry playing drums.

The Willie Pickens Trio featuring Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry on drums.
The Willie Pickens Trio featuring Larry Gray on bass and Greg Artry on drums.

Then came the eagerly anticipated always exciting Christian McBride Trio with McBride on bass, Christian Sands on piano, and Carl Allen on drums. This group became a Mack Avenue Super Band with the addition of Gary Burton playing vibes, Tia Fuller on sax, and Sean Jones on trumpet.

Christian McBride Trio with special guests, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, and Tia Fuller
Christian McBride Trio with special guests, Gary Burton, Sean Jones, and Tia Fuller

The evening was part of Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series’ 2015-16 season. SCP graciously allowed our Chi-Town Jazz Festival Founder/Director, John Moulder to briefly call attention to our Festival beginning on 3/6, its mission of supporting hunger relief in Chicago, and reminding all that tickets were available in the lobby as well as at all Festival venues for a drawing to win a pair of passes to the entire SCP Jazz Series for 2016-17. We were truly gratified for the warm response to our message and call for support.

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SCP Jazz Series Tickets Drawing Set for 3/12 at the Mill

Chicago Symphony Center
Chicago Symphony Center

If your lucky ticket had been drawn last March at the end of our 2015 Chi-Town Jazz Festival you would still be enjoying two passes to the entire Chicago Symphony Orchestra Symphony Center Presents (SCP) Jazz Series for the 2015-16 season. You would have experienced master musicians including McCoy Tyner, Wayne Shorter, Joshua Redman and The Bad Plus, and Gregory Porter to name just a few. Still to come are Stefan Harris, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Marquis Hill, Dee Alexander, Anne Hampton Callaway, Rene Marie, and Wynton Marsalis with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. We don’t know what the line-up will be for the SCP 2016-17 season, but we do know that the SCP has generously donated two season passes again for their upcoming season in support of our mission to support hunger relief.

ChristianMcBride
ChristianMcBride

Tickets for our drawing will be available beginning 2/19 at Symphony Center when Christian McBride takes the stage with his outstanding band that includes Gary Burton, Christian Sands, Ulysses Owens Jr., Tia Fuller, and Sean Jones. Also on the bill will be long time favorite Willie Pickens with Larry Gray and Greg Artry. The $25 tickets to next year’s season series will also be available every night of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at every venue we play. We’ll have our drawing on March 12, the last night, at the Green Mill. Winner need not be present. Last year’s winner is loving the series. Good luck to YOU for the coming season.

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