Steve Rashid is an Emmy winning composer, a performer, producer and recording engineer. He has produced/engineered hundreds of recordings for many other artists and labels, spanning jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass, gospel, country and pop music. Rashid received a 2009 Emmy Award for his score of the historical documentary, “Lost & Found: Legacy of USS Lagarto,” which first aired on Chicago Public Television. Rashid’s recent and ongoing web project, cafeunderscore.com, is a whimsical online gallery which displays a collection of Rashid’s musical portraits of people observed in coffee shops. Conceived as artist sketches done with music, Café Underscore has been featured in the Chicago Tribune and on Chicago Public Radio. Rashid has extensive experience creating recordings for younger audiences, and his work in the field of family entertainment has received over 25 national awards, including the Parents’ Choice Gold Award, the ALA Notable Children’s Recording, and the National Parenting Publications Gold Award. His stage and recorded work have been featured in national publications including Billboard, Variety and The New York Times, and on broadcasts ranging from Chicago radio and television to The Today Show and the BBC. WGN Radio called Rashid “a Chicago treasure.”
Steve will perform for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Saturday, 3/8, at Sheil Catholic Center on the campus of Northwestern. See you there?
Born and raised in South Carolina, drummer, composer, and arranger, Xavier Breaker, has been playing the drums since the age of five, playing for various groups and venues. The Xavier Breaker Coalition can be described as a versatile group, with each of its members coming from different musical backgrounds ranging from gospel to R&B, rock, jazz, hip hop, classical and other different genres to form a unique sound. They can be described as being smooth and sensitive, as well as aggressive and powerful at the same time. They are not named the Coalition for no reason, for they are on a mission to uplift, inspire, heal, and take people on a journey to places where they have never been through the gift of music.
The Xavier Breaker Coalition will perform for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Thursday, 3/6, at Andy’s Jazz Club on 11 E Hubbard St. See you there?
Floating somewhere between jazz, indie rock, and minimalism, Laurenzi/Ernst/Green has developed a distinct group sound that balances intricate compositions and uninhibited improvisation with a strong melodic core. Featuring tenor saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green, the trio has established itself as a unique and valuable asset to Chicago’s vibrant music community. All About Jazz praised the group’s debut album ‘Sightline’ (2013) as “bold in its youthful energy, sophisticated in its thematic unity…fresh, enjoyable and exciting.” Laurenzi/Ernst/Green will perform Saturday night, 3/8, at Constellation. See you there?
We are delighted to report that Catholic Charities featured our Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago today on their home page today. Take a look.
Catholic Charities fulfills the Church’s role in the mission of charity to anyone in need by providing compassionate, competent and professional services that strengthen and support individuals, families and communities based on the value and dignity of human life. In order to remain faithful to their mission, Catholic Charities is guided by these core values: Respect, Compassion, Competence and Stewardship.
Each year the Chi-Town Jazz Festival donates more than 92% of all money received to two charities devoted to hunger relief. This year they are Catholic Charities’ nutrition programs and Care For Real, the Edgewater Food Pantry that has nearly doubled the number of people fed five years ago.
Illinois native Nick Mazzarella burst onto the scene with the fiery, flexible, free form jazz trio that he brought to the Chicago Jazz Festival in 2013. On Saturday, 3/8, at Constellation, Nick and his trio will donate their considerable artistry to the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. There is no missing the influence of Ornette Coleman on this group. In addition, Nick has developed an interest in the intense spirituality of John Coltrane adding a rich new facet to his sound. When joined by bassist Anton Hatwich and drummer Frank Rosaly, the young saxophonist achieves an infectious buoyancy and vitality that’s hard to resist, full of energy, confidence, and optimism. As the great jazz critic Larry Kart has written, “He has that satisfying union of warmth/heat and continuous, logical melodic/rhythmic thought that goes right back to the beginnings of this music.” We are looking forward to this trio’s free form jazz performance at Constellation. See you there? … Source: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival
Ramsey Lewis says, “For all those who like the songs of the Great American Songbook sung by a talented performer who knows how to get the most out of them, check out Tammy McCann. She breathes new life into these evergreens.” Howard Reich calls Tammy, “The next great voice coming out of Chicago.” And Ann Hampton Callaway sends the compliment, “She brings all the jewels to the jewel chest.” Tammy McCann brings her Reunion Jazz Orchestra to Fitzgerald’s for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Sunday, 3/9. See you there?
That’s what Downbeat said about Frank Catalano. The venerable magazine continues, “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 recently performed live on the Oprah Winfrey TV show with singer/composer Seal.”
Frank will be back again, donating his artistry, to play for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival at Martyrs’ on Sunday, 3/9. See you there?
Here’s what Howard Reich said in the Chicago Tribune; ““This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist.” To hear samples of this artist check out video posted by our friends at Chicago Jazz Magazine. Did we mention that Stephanie Browning will open for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival on Friday, 3/7, at Green Mill?
We’re just 3 weeks away from the start of this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. To save complete info and the schedule for all venues just follow this link, 2014 CTJF FINAL Info and Schedule, then save or print the resulting page.
The 5th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago begins a month from tomorrow at Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant starting right after work, at 5:30. Jazz artists performing include The Tom Matta Big Band, the Eric Schneider Quartet, The Xavier Breaker Coalition, and the Andy Brown Quartet. It would be hard to find a better, more diverse, more solid jazz evening anywhere in the city on March 6. Stop by for a fun evening of music while you support hunger relief in Chicago. What better way to start a weekend!
We’ll be spotlighting info about all these groups and more in the coming days. Stay tuned.