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The 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief is just around the corner, starting on March 7 at the Jazz Showcase. Here are some important links you can easily use to enjoy the time and help us meet our goals.

You can enter to win 5 pairs of tickets to the 2018-2019 CSO Jazz series right here. They are just $20 each and remember you can buy 6 for the price of 5.

And, you just make any additional contribution to the Festival’s mission by clicking here.

Thanks! 

Our 2018 CTJF Poster Has Arrived!

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2018 Chi-Town Jazz Festival PosterThis year’s official poster features three musicians from last year’s Festival, Andrew Vogt on bass, Sarah Marie Young singing vocals, and Makaya McCraven on drums. They will be back this year as well as so many other great talents who generously help us raise money for hunger release. Our complete schedule is posted. Take a look. Plan to attend and support the cause. See you soon!

Dates, Venues, And Talent Shaping Up For 2018 Festival

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Chi-Town Jazz Festival 2018 by Harvey TillisThe dates are March 7-11, 2018 for this year’s Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief. You’ll be able to enjoy the talents of Seven Divas featuring Frieda Lee and Maggie Brown, Bobby Lewis, Tim Fitzgerald, Neil Alger, Tammy McCann, Eric Schneider, Typhanie Monique, Sarah Marie Young, Aaron McEvers, Bobby Broom, Erwin Helfer, Jeremy Kahn, Ryan Cohan, Geof Bradfield, Greg Ward, Dennis Carrol, and Greg Artry. Our venues include the Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club, Winter’s Jazz Club, First Unitarian Church of Chicago in Hyde Park, PianoForte, The Green Mill, and The First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. We’ll share the specifics in coming weeks. Stay tuned.

In the meantime, interest is building and sales are brisk for the 2018-19 Raffle (see the post below) for 2 tickets to each of 5 Symphony Center Jazz Series concerts which you can purchase right here. And we are gathering momentum in our drive for Sponsors. If you would like to become one it is very easy, painless, and quite satisfying. Just click here. Thanks!

Raffle Tickets On Sale Now!

 

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Raffle Tickets to Support Chi-Town Jazz Festival

Two tickets to each of 5 concerts! Last year’s raffle winner is set to enjoy current season concerts by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ravi Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette, and John Scofield among others.  All it took was the purchase of a raffle ticket from the Chi-Town Jazz Festival. Raffle tickets for the 2018-2019 Symphony Center Presents Jazz Series are now available right here. And they’ll be available throughout our Festival in March. $20 each or 6 for $100. Gotta get one if you want to win. 

Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

 

 

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2018 CTJF Sponsorship Opportunities

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival is a jazz community effort to combat hunger in the Chicago area. Musicians donate their talents and top jazz clubs donate their venues on behalf of hunger relief. Founded by composer/guitarist Johh Moulder, the Festival is now in its 9th year and has donated more than $250,000 to food pantries and social service agencies in the area including The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Catholic Charities, Care for Real Food Pantry, Top Box, and others. Details about Sponsorship Opportunities are right here.

Passing On The Thanks

Chi-Town Jazz Delivers To Catholic Charities by Harvey Tillis
CTJF Board Member Eileen Lerum presents our check from this year’s Festival to Catholic Charities.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival has raised over $250,000 to date for hunger relief in our community. Money is donated to various nonprofits working in the field. Here CTJF Board member Eileen Lerum presents our check for over $10,000 of this year’s receipts to Msgr. Michael M. Boland, Administrator, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and Kathy Donahue, ‎Director of Programs. They thanked us and we are passing that thanks along to all the musicians who donated their talent and  time, to the venues that donated their space, and to all the jazz fans and sponsors who helped us reach our goals.

Save The Date In 2018!

The 9th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief is set for March 7-11, 2018. Confirmed venues include The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant, and The Green Mill. We’ll post more details as they become available. One thing we know for sure is that the 9th will be a great time for a worthy cause.

Past performers over the years have included Bobby Lewis, Dana Hall, Dee Alexander, Howard Levy, Larry Gray, Marquis Hill, Orbert Davis, and Tammy McCann

Top Box Foods Receives Chi-Town Donation

Chitown Jazz Festival Present Check To Top Box Foods
CTJF Board Member Jennifer Sucher presents donation check to Top Box Foods Executive Director Sheila Kennedy.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival hosts an annual weeklong Festival at a variety of venues around Chicago to raise awareness and money for hunger relief. The photo above documents CTJF Board Member, Jennifer Sucher, presenting almost $4000 to Top Box Foods, one of the nonprofits we work with. Top Box Foods shops all month to find the best deals on fresh fruits and vegetables and frozen meats, poultry, and fish. They then bundle the food in boxes and partner with churches, community organizations, housing facilities, and schools to help spread the word about these tremendous savings. More info about Top Box here. 

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Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 2

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Piano Hand for Chi-Town Jazz FestivalHyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry

The Hyde Park Kenwood Food Pantry gives out groceries including fresh produce every Saturday from 10 AM to 1 PM at the Hyde Park Union Church, 5600 S. Woodlawn Ave.  A case manager is also available, and the pantry also gives away clothing and personal hygiene items as available. Serving the community since 1981, this Food Pantry is  part of the Hyde Park Kenwood Hunger Programs, a
501(c)3 organization with Hyde Park Union Church as the fiscal agent. They serve around five hundred individuals per month; roughly one third of our recipients are age 18 or younger, and nearly the same number are age 60 and above. Please visit their site for more info: http://hpuc.org/mission/hunger-programs/

Hunger Relief For Who? – Part 1

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Jazz Supports Hunger Relief - 1 at the Chi-Town Jazz FestivalTop Box Foods

Chi-Town Jazz Festival has supported hunger relief in the Chicagoland area for almost 8 years. We ask many of the city’s great jazz musicians to donate their talents to perform in several venues during a week in March. We ask the venues to offer their stages and donate their entrance fees. And we solicit donations and Sponsoring support from both music lovers and all those individuals and companies who want to give back to the community by addressing  “food  insecurity,” which means helping  those who have little or no sources of food for themselves or their families. So, who do we help? Where does the money go? In this and the next few posts we’ll tell you. Click here to learn about one of the nonprofits we’ve been working with for the past few years, Top Box Foods.

Chi-Town Jazz Festival Starts In 3 Weeks!

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This year’s Festival begins in just 3 weeks. We have a series of exciting nights of music and they are all performed for the best cause, supporting hunger relief in our area. Please plan to attend. Enjoy. And join our effort. Thanks. 

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How We Spent Our Summer And Fall

As 2016 comes to an end we want to update you on the results of this year’s Chi-town Jazz Festival and give a taste of what’s to come in 2017.

Eileen Larum, Board Member of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival presents a check to Catholic Charities, received by Msgr. Boland and Father Wayne Watts at St. Vincent Center in Chicago.
Eileen Larum, Board Member of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival presents a check to Catholic Charities, received by Msgr. Boland and Father Wayne Watts at St. Vincent Center in Chicago.

The 2016 Chi-town Jazz Festival (CTJF) closed out another successful year raising more than $42,000 in 5 days of jazz performances at a variety of venues with the help of both generous Sponsors and attendance by jazz lovers of all ages from all over the city. That brings our total raised since year one to over $210,000. We are extremely grateful to all for their kindness and support. Our mission and goal remains the same as a new year begins and we gear up again to support hunger relief.

Chi-town Jazz Festival Board Member Maureen Kaucher presents a check to Janet Deckenbacher of the Hyde Park Food Pantry. The CTJF, now in it's 7th year, raises money for hunger relief in the Chicago area and distributes it to selected nonprofits. Other recipients included Care For Real in the Edgewater community and Catholic Charities.
Chi-town Jazz Festival Board Member Maureen Kaucher presents a check to Janet Deckenbacher of the Hyde Park Food Pantry. The CTJF, now in it’s 7th year, raises money for hunger relief in the Chicago area and distributes it to selected nonprofits. Other recipients included Care For Real in the Edgewater community and Catholic Charities.

Over the summer we presented checks to three nonprofits. CTJF Board Member Eileen Lerum presented a check to Monsignor Michael Boland and Father Wayne Watts for Catholic Charities Food Pantries. Board Member Maureen Kaucher delivered a check to Janet Deckenbacher for the Hyde Park Food Pantry. And Founder/Director John Moulder presented a check to Lyle Allen for Care for Real, Edgewater’s Food Pantry.

The CTJF Board has been planning for the coming Festival. Poster designs are being finalized, solicitation for Sponsors are being sent out, dates of the Festival are now set, venues are locked in, and

Suzanne Kelly, winner of the drawing for tickets to the entire 2016-17 Chicago's Symphony Center Jazz Series stops for a quick photo.
Suzanne Kelly, winner of the drawing for tickets to the entire 2016-17 Chicago’s Symphony Center Jazz Series stops for a quick photo.

jazz artists are lining up to play for the cause. We are pleased to report that the Chicago Symphony Center has generously donated two tickets – again – for a drawing to all of their 2017-2018 Jazz Series Concerts. This year’s winner, Suzanne Kelly, paused for a quick photo as she attended the first of seven concerts during this year’s Series.

We’ll be updating you on Facebook and here with details about where and when each evenings performances will take place. For now we just want to say, “Thank You Again.” Here’s wishing you all a healthy, happy, successful, and musical New Year.

 

Bruce Didn’t Kid Around!

We were wrapping up so many pieces of the 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief today and came across Howard Reich’s review of Bruce Barth playing for us at pianoForte. It was so generous of Bruce to come in from New York to support our efforts. If you were there you’ll likely agree with Howard’s comments. If you weren’t – you missed a good gig and that should be a lesson to you to make sure you catch at least some of next year’s programs. Here’s Howard:

Bruce Barth’s silvery pianism brightens Chi-Town Jazz Festival

March 12, 2016

Bruce Barth Performs at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago.
Bruce Barth Performs at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival for Hunger Relief.

If there’s a more intimate, embracing and acoustically inviting space in Chicago to hear a piano recital than PianoForte Studios, on South Michigan Avenue, we have yet to encounter it.

Increasingly used by classical and jazz musicians, the concert hall at PianoForte once again showed its value on Friday evening, when pianist Bruce Barth played a solo set during the closing weekend of the seventh annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival. As always at PianoForte, a first-class instrument was at the soloist’s fingertips.

Barth’s appearance was significant not only because of the quality of the room and the piano but also because of the stature of the performer and the reason for his appearance. All the artists and venue owners donate their wares for the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, with all funds going toward hunger relief. In 2015 the event raised $46,000, bringing its total to $178,000 before this year’s edition commenced.

That a distinguished pianist such as Barth would travel to Chicago to contribute to the festival and champion its cause says a great deal about the rising stature of the event and its future prospects. The Rev. John Moulder — who’s also a top-flight Chicago jazz guitarist — conceived the festival and, against considerable odds, proved that it could work.

So when he took to the stage at PianoForte to welcome the crowd, his presence served to remind listeners not only of the importance of the occasion but also of the sacred side of jazz. A music that emerged, in part, in New Orleans’ Storyville vice district more than a century ago also carries profound influences of the church, and Moulder’s festival subtly illuminates that point.

Barth’s performance proved as serious and introspective as Moulder’s opening comments, the pianist utterly unconcerned with technical ostentation or much of anything that put the focus on himself. Instead, his was a deeply musical performance, Barth emphasizing the scores at hand rather than the wherewithal required to play and transform them.

Some of his most intriguing work emerged in a suite of compositions by contemporary composers that Barth said he hopes will become “new standards.” Realistically speaking, these works may not be poised to attain the acclaim of music by Gershwin, Ellington and Arlen, but their significance was obvious.

In Donald Brown’s “A Dance for Marie-Do,” Barth conveyed a relentless but unhurried forward drive, capturing the joyous spirit of the tune and embellishing it with delicate, right-hand filigree. In Eri Yamamoto’s “Memory Dance,” Barth’s slow-and-easy tempo enabled him to create distinct layers of gauzy sound. And in Steve Wilson’s “A Joyful Noise (For JW),” Barth maintained a silvery tone in a perpetual-motion romp that might have led lesser pianists to indulge in bombast.

Barth’s own compositions also figured prominently in this recital, especially in an opening collection of three works. The dreamy introduction and lush chords he played in “Yama,” the ethereal passages he produced high up in the keyboard in “Peaceful Place” and the displaced rhythmic accents he articulated in “Wilsonian Alto” (all from his “Live at Smalls” trio album) spoke to the substantive nature of his pianism.

There were traditional jazz standards here, too, with Barth meticulously reworking Duke Ellington’s “Mood Indigo” and expanding upon the complex harmonies and structural idiosyncrasies of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life.”

With the exception of the Charlie Parker tour de force “Steeplechase,” in which Barth threw off fast-flying unison lines in both hands, the program avoided bravura playing in favor of deeply felt music-making.

Considering the noble purpose of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival, that approach struck quite the right note.

Howard Reich is a Tribune critic.

The Chi-Town Jazz Festival concludes with Reginald Robinson performing at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S. Woodlawn Ave.; $20 general, $10 students. And Tammy McCann at 8 p.m., Steve Million and Sarah Marie Young Quintet at 9:30 p.m. and John Moulder and Friends at 11 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $20 general, $10 students. For more information, go to www.chitownjazzfestival.org.

hreich@tribpub.com

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Scenes From The Green Mill


This slideshow documents musicians performing for hunger relief at the Green Mill during the 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz festival including Tammy McCann, Mike Allemana, Cliff Wallace, Steve Million, John Sims, Jim Gailloreto, Juan Pastor, Sarah Marie Young, and John Moulder.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Reginald Robinson Performing for Hunger Relief


This slideshow documents Reginald Robinson performing classic and original ragtime selections in a concert at First Unitarian Church in Chicago during the Chi-Town Jazz Festival to raise money for hunger relief.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Bruce Barth @ pianoForte. Wonderful!

Bruce Barth Performed at PianoForte for Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago. What a treat!

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

FINAL SCHEDULE & PRESS RELEASE

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To learn how YOU can volunteer, make a donation, or become a sponsor please contact us. Also, please “Like” and “Share” our Facebook page: chitownjazzfestival.

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Scenes From Andy’s Jazz Club

This slideshow documents musicians performing for hunger relief at Andy’s during 7th Annual Chi-Town Jazz festival including Geof Bradfield, George Fludas, Dennis Carroll, Ron Petrillo, Eric Schneider, Dennis Luxion, Mike Schlik,  Frank Catalano, and Scott Williams.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

FINAL SCHEDULE & PRESS RELEASE

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Scenes From The Jazz Showcase For Hunger Relief

This slideshow documents musicians who donated their time and talents to help raise money for hunger relief in Chicago including Bobby Broom, Dennis Carroll, Greg Artry, Leandro Lopez Varady, Stu Miller, Makaya McCraven, Howard Levy, Justin Thomas, Larry Kohut, and John Moulder.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

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Scenes From Jazz Vespers

This slideshow documents how the afternoon Vespers looked last Sunday. Jim Gailloreto performed his original omposition ‘Song of Psalms’ inspired by three Psalms suggested by Rev. Ray Hylton, Senior Pastor at First Presbyterian Evanston. He was accompanied by Jill Kaeding (Cello) and Cheryl Wilson (Voice). Lyrics were written by Jim’s son, Coleman Gailloreto. The program included sacred music performed by Jazz favorite Tammy McCann accompanied by Dan Murphy on piano,  John Sims on bass, and Cliff Wallace on drums.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

FINAL SCHEDULE & PRESS RELEASE

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What Hunger Relief Looks Like

This slideshow documents how Chi-Town Jazz Festival volunteers joined members of St. John Berchman’s basketball team and others to help serve at Tuesday’s weekly dinner provided by Catholic Charities in Chicago. Festival Director John Moulder and Ken Hall provided music. Food was generously donated by Rosebud. Legal services and medical consultation were also available.

The Festival supports hunger relief when world-class musicians donate their talents, venues donate their space, and volunteers work together to raise money for charities serving the food insecure. This year’s recipients are Care for Real, Top Box Foods, and Catholic Charities. Come out to hear some great music over the next several days. Make your ears and your heart feel good.

FINAL SCHEDULE & PRESS RELEASE

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Jazz Vespers Today, 3/6, at 4

Jazz Vespers at First Presbyterian in Evanston will feature original work by Jim Gailloreto.
Jazz Vespers at First Presbyterian in Evanston will feature original work by Jim Gailloreto with Cheryl Wilson and Tammy McCann.

Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 4:00 pm – First Presbyterian Church of Evanston
$20, Students $10. 1427 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, IL. 60201, 847 864 1472
First Presbyterian Church of Evanston supports The Friendship Center.

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3/12, Event #5, An Evening with Reginald Robinson

Reginald Robinson
Reginald Robinson

Reginald Robinson will speak and perform in concert at The First Unitarian Church of Chicago, 5650 S Woodlawn in Chicago at 7:30 on Saturday, 3/12.

We quote from the MacArthur Foundation Fellows recognition when Mr. Robinson was awarded a Genius Grant. “Reginald R. Robinson is a musician and composer who chose an unusual path for his musical career: classical ragtime music. An early 20th century American musical form characterized by a syncopated melody, ragtime was advocated by composers such as Scott Joplin as a uniquely American music that would change and evolve with the succeeding years. Introduced to ragtime through an elementary school presentation, Robinson taught himself to play the piano and to read music and began researching the genre. He has remained dedicated to the form ever since. A gifted pianist, he evokes the range of passion and liveliness contained within the classic ragtime compositions of the early 1900s. He has explored in detail the great works of Scott Joplin, Eubie Blake, and other classical ragtime composers and has composed dozens of harmonically daring, structurally complex works. In addition to his composition and performance, Robinson has studied the history of ragtime music thoroughly; he discovered and recorded a previously unknown Joplin fragment found in the archives of Fisk University. This singular musician has devoted himself to preserving the traditions of classical ragtime while taking this vintage music into contemporary directions.

Reginald Robinson MusicReginald R. Robinson was captivated by the sound of ragtime at the age of 13. In 1992, he recorded his first demo and was immediately signed by Delmark Records. Click on the image here to see Robinson’s latest offerings. He has performed in Europe and across the U.S. at such venues as the Chicago Jazz Festival, Ravinia, and the Gilmore Keyboard Festival.”

A reception will be held following the program. Admission charge is $20.  This concert is part of the Chi-Town Jazz Festival Supporting Hunger Relief in Chicago, which benefits food pantries across the city.  All proceeds for this event will benefit the Hyde Park Food Pantry.

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Night #4, Bruce Barth @ pianoForte Chicago on 3/11

Bruce Barth

Bruce Barth @ pianoForte Chicago. Very Special! Very Limited!

Jazz pianist and composer Bruce Barth has been sharing his music with listeners the world over for more than two decades. Deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, his music reflects both the depth and breadth of his life and musical experiences. In addition to traveling widely performing his own music, he has also performed with revered jazz masters, as well as collaborated with leading musicians of his own generation. And most notably, his performances feature material from his large book of very powerful and imaginative original compositions, written in a voice that is both deeply personal and expressive.

Bruce has performed on over one hundred recordings and movie soundtracks, including ten as a leader. He is equally at home playing solo piano (American Landscape on Satchmo Jazz Records), leading an all-star septet (East and West on MaxJazz), and composing for a variety of ensembles.

"Daybreak" by Bruce Barth
Bruce Barth – Daybreak
Bruce Barth Trio - Three Things of Beauty
Bruce Barth Trio – Three Things of Beauty

Throughout his professional life, Bruce has had extended collaborations with Tony Bennett, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Luciana Souza, and Karrin Allyson and David Sanchez. And he has performed with James Moody, Phil Woods, Freddie Hubbard, Tom Harrell, Branford Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis, Art Farmer, Victor Lewis, John Patitucci, Lewis Nash, and the Mingus Big Band.

Bruce served two years on the panel for the U.S. State Department “Jazz Ambassadors” program, choosing jazz bands to represent the United States overseas. He is also a Grammy nominated producer, with more than twenty CDs to his credit.

Finally, Bruce is a dedicated teacher, with more than ten years on the jazz faculty of Temple University in Philadelphia. He has also taught at Berklee College of Music, Long Island University, and currently teaches private lessons to City College University and New School students. Bruce has participated in many workshops, clinics, and seminars in the U. S. and abroad; he also maintains a private teaching studio, with students from the U.S., South America, Europe, and Japan.

A word about pianoForte… pianoForte Concert HallThis is a very special space with limited, intimate seating. You may want to reserve a seat here.

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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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