The Green Mill delivers a sophisticated yet informal, warm glowing atmosphere steeped in the heady sounds of the early ’30s and ’40s. Uniquely comfortable to all audiences from the sequined Saturday night date to the progressively dressed offbeat student, the magic of the Mill is that the audience commingles in its mutual respect for the wide variety of music performed there. By the way, the statue in the corner is Ceres. In ancient Roman religion, Ceres was a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships, but she is known to musicians and those in the know as Stella by Starlight.
First up is Ron Petrillo. Ron was introduced to Chicago jazz audiences while on tour with Ira Sullivan in 1988. His experiences while on tour with Ira Sullivan inspired him to move to Chicago in 1990. Shortly after arriving in Chicago he formed his current trio. He’s also played in groups with Chicago greats Von Freeman, Bobby Broom, Eric Alexander, Lin Halliday and Pharez Whitted. Ron has recorded for Blue Note Records with guitarist Fareed Haque, for the Criss Cross Jazz label with guitarist Bobby Broom, for SteepleChase Records with Ira Sullivan and Von Freeman, and for Origin Records with Scott Burns and Geof Bradfield. Ron is a jazz studies lecturer for DePaul University and for the Thelonious Monk Institute through Chicago’s Gallery 37 After School Matters program.
When Andy Baker and Steve Million team up they produce a vibe and sound that is classic jazz! Million has always been influenced by the music of Monk. Steve is currently the jazz chair of Merit School in the west loop downtown Chicago. He is also the director of the Merit School Honors Jazz Combo. And he still has time for gigs all over Chicagoland. Andy Baker is a trombonist, composer, arranger and educator originally from London, now living in Chicago.
As the drummer of choice for a vast array of incredible musicians, Jon Deitemyer embodies the warmth, sincerity, and diversity of the music that he creates. His approach to the instrument is eminently supportive: equally comfortable in a swinging piano trio or a hard-hitting fusion band. Patricia Barber raves “Jon Deitemyer is the drummer everyone wants right now,” and his resume only echoes the sentiment.