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.
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.
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 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.