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Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON QUARTET with SHAREL CASSITY
Aug
2
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON QUARTET with SHAREL CASSITY

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Richard D. Johnson, piano
Sharel Cassity, alto sax
Charles Heath, drums
Dennis Carroll, bass

Gifted duo Richard Johnson & Sharel Cassity perform Dave Brubeck’s Time Out

Earlier this year Richard Johnson appeared at Studio5, presenting an extended suite of music from West Side Story. It was an inspired, spellbinding performance. That evening Richard told me that he and the extraordinary saxophonist, Sharel Cassity have also been traveling the country performing the music from Dave Brubeck’s iconic Time Out album. After that bit of news I could hardly get him back fast enough.

Dave Brubeck's Time Out is one of the highest selling jazz recordings of all time, and as Richard describes it, “It has made social, political and friendly statements to the world with its hit songs such as Take Five  and Blue Rondo à la Turk.  I am pleased to have the pleasure during 2019 to present it all around the country with this swinging group. Sit back and relax but listen intently as we take you on a journey of Swing through Brubeck's ears!”

Richard Johnson was a member of Wynton Marsalis’ Septet and the Lincoln Jazz Orchestra, and has shared jazz worldwide as a United States Musical Ambassador by the U.S. State Department. Saxophonist Sharel Cassity is a Juilliard graduate and was listed in DownBeat Magazine’s Critics Poll as Rising Star Alto Saxophone for nine consecutive years. She is member of the Dizzy Gillespie Afro Cuban Experience, the Jimmy Heath Big Band, Nicholas Payton TSO, Revive Big Band, Gregorio Uribe Big Band and the Cyrus Chestnut Brubeck Quartet. Won’t this be fun??

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

DB & RJ!

DB & RJ!

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Live at Studio5: THE OH YEAHS
Jul
26
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: THE OH YEAHS

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Sarah Marie Young, ukulele & vocal
Allison Orobia, guitar & vocal
Leslie Beukelman, trumpet & vocal

Sarah Marie Young has appeared at Studio5 several times, and each performance has been so artful and soulful that the audience has hung onto every note. She not only is an exquisite performer, she puts so much thought into her presentation that audience members feel as if they’ve been given a valuable gift … and in fact, they have. Sarah recently told me about a new group she’s formed with two other talented women, Allison Orobia and Leslie Beukelman, called The Oh Yeahs. The three women come from diverse folk/soul/jazz backgrounds, with a common language of vocal harmony. Believing that anything Sarah is involved with would be worth hearing, I am eager to welcome them to Studio5. Just to be clear, Sarah is a serious jazz singer, but this trio is not strictly a jazz group … however, you know the influences won’t be far away. What I know is this: All three women have beautiful voices, and they ALL play instruments. Performing a combination of original songs and covers, the group promises an evening filled with great tunes and fun times. Buckle up, y’all. The Oh Yeahs are here.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: METROPOLITAN JAZZ OCTET WITH DEE ALEXANDER
Jul
12
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: METROPOLITAN JAZZ OCTET WITH DEE ALEXANDER

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

John Kornegay - alto sax
Jim Gailloreto - tenor sax
Peter Brusen - baritone sax
Doug Scharf - trumpet
Russ Phillips - trombone
Bob Sutter - piano
Doug Bistrow - bass
Bob Rummage - drums
special guest, Dee Alexander - vocals

Strings: Lisa Fako, Jeff Yang, Michèle Lekas, Jeri-Lou Zike, Wendy Benner, Sarah Kim

Dee Sings Billie with the MJO

The Metropolitan Jazz Octet (MJO) is the reawakening of a group that was created in the 1950s by saxophonist/arranger Tom Hilliard (1930-2006). When Hilliard’s health started to decline, he left the MJO library to his former student, Jim Gailloreto. In 2014 Gailloreto organized a group of musicians (including other former Hilliard students) to read through the charts and create a new iteration of Hilliard’s group. In early 2018 the MJO gave a riveting performance at Studio5 to a packed house. We are excited to welcome them back. 

This year, MJO will partner with dynamic jazz vocalist Dee Alexander – and a string section! – to perform music from their new album It’s Too Hot For Words, a reimagining of classic Billie Holiday songs.  Dee has selected swing standards such as The Blues Are a Brewin’, Ain’t Nobody’s Business and also iconic ballads like I’m a Fool To Want You and Billie’s famous Strange Fruit.

The CD will be released on Delmark Records in the Fall of 2019.  The music is both swinging and relevant, a beautiful vehicle for Dee’s voice and style.  2019 is the 60th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s passing, making this project all the more significant and meaningful.  The MJO will be appearing at the Chicago Jazz Fest in August. Here’s a unique opportunity to see this incredible group up close in our intimate venue.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD, ROSE COLELLA, ELAINE DAME – TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON
Jun
28
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD, ROSE COLELLA, ELAINE DAME – TRIBUTE TO NANCY WILSON

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella, Elaine Dame - vocals
Dan Murphy - piano
Ashley Summers - bass
Chris Baker - drums
Chris Madsen - sax

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What a fun night this is going to be! A trio of great Chicago jazz singers, Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella and Elaine Dame celebrate the five-decade career of one of America’s most treasured “song stylists”, Nancy Wilson. Revered by millions around the world and labeled a “complete entertainer”, Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards. Her soulful style and powerful stage presence catapulted her to fame in many genres including not only jazz, but blues, R&B and pop.

Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella and Elaine Dame are no strangers to the followers of our series. They are each formidable vocal talents and compelling performers, with significant histories on stages in Chicago clubs and around the country. It turns out they are also good friends, and their joyous onstage chemistry is infectious. This talented trio will commemorate Nancy Wilson’s storied career in an evening of exquisite melodies and musical storytelling.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Cerqua Rivera: Inside/Out with American Catracho
Jun
26
7:00 PM19:00

Cerqua Rivera: Inside/Out with American Catracho

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Tickets to Inside/Out events: $8 in advance online, $15 at the door.

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Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre is returning to Studio5 for a preview and discussion of American Catracho, their epic suite about immigration, three years in the making. This “Inside/Out” presentation is a brief introduction to the full work, and will give our Studio5 audience a special sneak peek inside CRDT’s creative process, in advance of their full production of American Catracho at Studio5 in September 2019.

Created by Cofounder and Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera, Catracho has been called "a tour de force" (Chicago Magazine) and "easily [Wilfredo's] most promising work" (Chicago Tribune). For their 20th anniversary this year, CRDT is knitting together the segments they created 2016-2018. Join us for this special event to preview sections of the full-work-in-the-making, chat with the artists about how the piece was made, and give them your feedback. Inside/Out is CRDT’s interactive event series that showcases works in progress and invites you INSIDE the creative process, giving you the opportunity to help shape their new work with your input. By the way, CRDT’s strong company of dancers includes Dance Center Evanston alum, Juilliard graduate and current DCE faculty member, Shelby Moran Amarantos.

Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre uses dance and music to nourish the mind and the soul. They unite artists & audiences to explore themes that shape our community. Their work is rooted in their founders’ vision of what art can do – gather people to contemplate factors that knit our community together and differences that add complexity to our society. 

 

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Live at Studio5: EVA B. ROSS
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: EVA B. ROSS

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Eva B. Ross, guitar & vocal
Grant Milliken, keys & vibes
Steve Rashid, keys & harmonica
Christian Dillingham, bass
Robert Rashid, drums

We begin our Studio5 2019 Summer Season with a happy collision of genres … and generations. Talented young singer/songwriter Eva B. Ross is no stranger to Studio5 audiences. She has performed as part of our New Year’s Practical Theatre shows for the past several years, and always brings down the house. Eva happens to be the daughter of our good friends, Paul Barrosse and Victoria Zielinski (the couple who introduced me to my wife), so there is, admittedly, personal history between us. I have known and explored music with Eva since she was a child. She grew up, attended UCLA and became a fixture in the university’s music community, with many significant performances including opening for Burt Bacharach, and winning the school’s renowned Spring Sing competition in front of an audience of 10,000 (past award recipients include Sara Bareilles and Maroon 5). This is a seriously talented young woman. In 2017 Eva and I traveled to Nashville to work with my old college buddy, Justin Niebank, which resulted in three beautiful singles (watch the video for “Nick’s House” below). Her songs are poetic, insightful, melodious and memorable. Her voice is soulful and sweet. Eva is now an active artist on the L.A. music scene in both live performance and session work (you may have heard her singing on the Jimmy Kimmel Show), and is busy making music with her talented young L.A. musician friends. She is currently working on her debut self-produced EP which will be released this summer. I am thrilled to be able to present Eva to our Studio5 audience in an evening all her own. She will be performing a mix of her own songs and the jazz standards she grew up with. I will be with her onstage, along with one of her gifted West Coast pals, Grant Milliken, bassist Christian Dillingham, and my son, Robert Rashid on drums. See? A happy collision of genres and generations. This will be a special night. I hope you can join us.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: BILL OVERTON QUARTET
May
24
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BILL OVERTON QUARTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman: The Universalist and the Last Balladeer

Bill Overton, saxophones/vocal
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Rob Kassinger, bass
Eric Montzka, drums

Accomplished saxophonist and singer Bill Overton has performed with everybody from Doc Cheatham to Rosemary Clooney to Tony Bennett to Bo Diddley and the Temptations. For this special evening at Studio5 he will be presenting all the songs from the iconic recording, John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman as well as selections from Coltrane’s and Hartman’s individual careers. Bill is not only a great musician, he is a sweet guy and a friend of our series -- we've been looking forward to his appearance at Studio5 for quite some time. He has really done his research on this classic recording and on Coltrane and Hartman as important artists. This evening will be filled with great music and fascinating stories. And by the way, Bill has assembled a killer group for the proceedings: Jeremy Kahn, Rob Kassinger and Eric Montzka will provide the perfect complement to Bill's lush tone and melodic phrasing.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER and SILENT FILMS
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LARRY SCHANKER and SILENT FILMS

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Larry Schanker, piano

The Films
One Week (1920 Buster Keaton comedy short about newlyweds who assemble a house from a kit)
The Fall of the House Of Usher (1928 short experimental horror film adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe’s story)
American Aristocracy (1916 interesting Douglas Fairbanks adventure/comedy/society piece)

Last October we invited our friend, the brilliant composer/pianist and Chicago theater music legend Larry Schanker, to come to Studio5 to perform live, improvised accompaniment to an evening of silent movies shown on our beautiful new projection system. It was more fun than ought to be allowed and we are so excited to do it again. Larry is an astounding talent, and improvises a complete score as he watches the film. It is truly breathtaking. Last time, we screened two comedies, but this time we thought we'd do something a bit different. We have selected two short films and one longer one (51 minutes) to make a program that will be about two hours in total. The three films could not be more different from each other. We will start with a hilarious Buster Keaton comedy short from 1920, followed by a short, very experimental horror film from 1928 (using all kinds of revolutionary techniques, e.g. double-exposures, filming images through prisms). Our final film will be a very early (1916) film by Douglas Fairbanks which is set in an affluent resort in New England. It's a fun narrative and makes for a fascinating window into early 20th Century society.

We don't want to give too much away, but we thought you might like to be able to see the Keaton film just to get a sense of what the evening will be like. Click below to watch One Week ... but turn off the sound. Leave that to Larry on Saturday!

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: CHRISTY BENNETT'S FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT
May
17
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHRISTY BENNETT'S FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Christy Bennett, vocals
Art Davis, trumpet
Don Stiernberg, mandolin
Don Stille, accordion
Christian Dillingham, bass

Lovely vocalist Christy Bennett is full of interesting ideas and is backed by a unique, fabulous band. The last time she performed at Studio5 she presented an evening of Django Reinhardt’s vocal music (!) and it was a near sellout. This performance is a preview of the group’s upcoming recording that features the music of Irene Higginbotham. Higginbotham was a composer in the 40s whose music is rarely heard today. Her most famous tune, Good Morning, Heartache is a great example of her unique sound and has proven to be just the tip of the iceberg from her body of work. I can’t wait to hear what Fumée has cooked up for us this time!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOST IN AMERICA
May
12
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOST IN AMERICA

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Lost In America: The great American mid-life crisis comedy. Albert Brooks cashes in his yuppie lifestyle and drops out of society to hit the road “like in Easy Rider”, except instead of a motorcycle his vehicle of choice is a Winnebago motor home. Featuring the classic scene with my old boss Garry Marshall as the casino manager who refuses to give Albert back his money, and an expert non-performance by the kid from Der Wienerschnitzel, the last time I saw this I laughed so hard I cried. Please join me so we can cry together. You won’t be disappointed. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: DOUG LOFSTROM AND THE NEW QUARTET
May
3
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DOUG LOFSTROM AND THE NEW QUARTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

James Sanders, violin
Laura Hamm, flute
Leandro Lopez Varady, piano
Michael Levin, woodwinds
Sarah Allen, drums
Doug Lofstrom, bass

Doug Lofstrom & the New Quartet was founded in 2001 and has had the same members since:  James Sanders, violin; Leandro Lopez Varady, piano; Michael Levin, woodwinds; Sarah Allen, drums and Doug Lofstrom, bass. This performance will also include guest flutist, Laura Hamm. New Quartet has a repertoire of jazz from all eras, world music and Lofstrom’s original music, which is heavily influenced by both.  They are not shy about tackling difficult, even virtuosic pieces and a typical set can include early Ellington, tangos by Piazzolla, Middle-Eastern music and elements of free jazz.  A pretty exciting mix.

A Chicago native, Doug Lofstrom has been composing prolifically since the 1970s; his wide-ranging style reflects his ongoing involvement in dance, film, theater and symphonic music. Lofstrom has been posting videos every month since June, 2017, many of which feature the New Quartet. This show at Studio 5 will have mixed media: It will be built around several live musical performances with integrated video (using our Studio5 projection system).

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS TRIO
Apr
26
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS TRIO

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Ben Lewis, piano
Jeremiah Hunt, bass
Jon Deitemyer, drums
guest vocalists: Typhanie Monique & Matt Lewis

Ben Lewis makes a return trip to Studio5!

This incredible pianist makes a return trip to our stage in a special concert about “Time” … exploring its dynamic connection to our lives through music.

Ben and this talented group of artists will explore how music has the power to slow time down … to wrap us in a singular moment, or magically transport us back to some distant memory. There are so many wonderful songs that evoke the sense of bewilderment we sometimes feel with the passage of time, and others that playfully remind us to appreciate the moments we should treasure. This concert will be one of them!

*** For those purchasing a ticket in advance: Think of a song that for you is a veritable time machine, taking you back to a specific moment in your life that is meaningful in some way. If you wish to share your story and song choice with Ben, please send it to benlewispiano@gmail.com, and he will pick 2 to 3 songs from those submitted to arrange and perform for you!

ABOUT THE GROUP

Ben Lewis, "one of the best kept secrets in Chicago” (Mark Ruffin – Listen Here! Radio) has twice toured as a Jazz Ambassador for the U.S. State Department and recorded with such Chicago luminaries as Matt Ulery, Grazyna Auguscik, Typhanie Monique and Tito Carillo. 

As a founding member and Musical Director for the Lt. Dan Band with actor/bassist Gary Sinise, he's traveled the world performing for troops, veterans and their families. Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune) says his “shimmering pianism” and “go-for-broke energy” are just part of what give Lewis such a singular voice. Check out the video link and then come hear him for yourself!

Completing the trio will be drummer Jon Deitemyer and bassist Jeremiah Hunt. Vocalist Typhanie Monique, also a return-performer to Studio5, and Ben’s fraternal twin, Matt Lewis, will also be on hand to add their tremendous voices to the evening.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN TRIO
Apr
20
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Andy Brown, guitar
Dennis Carroll, bass
George Fludas, drums

TWO MILLION VIEWERS CAN’T BE WRONG!

We certainly never need a special event to invite the extraordinary guitarist, Andy Brown back to Studio5, but this time we have one. Four years ago (March 19, 2015) Andy did a solo guitar concert for us at the Whiskey Lounge in joint celebration of his birthday and the release of his (then) new solo CD. Andy edited and reposted the video from the evening on YouTube and it started to get hits. Lots of them. At this writing, that particular video has just surpassed TWO MILLION views. In fact, if you google jazz guitar, Andy’s is one of the first videos that pops up. Wouldn’t you like to meet this online sensation in person? We had to have Andy back to celebrate, right? He will be performing with a fine trio he’s worked with often over the past two years, but never at Studio5. So let’s party with Andy! It might go viral.

And if you wonder what all that YouTube hubbub is about, click on the video link below.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOVE AND DEATH
Apr
14
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: LOVE AND DEATH

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Love and Death: Laugh for laugh, Woody Allen’s funniest film. Who else could derive a zany comedy from narrative elements of Russian literature and bring it off without an ounce of pretension? Love and Death demonstrates the Wood man’s absolute mastery of all comedic styles from slapstick to literate satire, incorporating shout outs and tributes to film icons as diverse as Bergman and Eisenstein to Charlie Chaplin and the Marx Brothers. A rich, hilarious comedy with perfect pitch by one of our greatest filmmakers, co-starring Diane Keaton in a brilliant comedic performance that pre-dates her Academy Award winning turn in “Annie Hall”. And the whole thing times in at a brisk 85 minutes, which is astonishing considering the ground he manages to cover. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: BRIAN GEPHART QUINTET
Apr
12
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BRIAN GEPHART QUINTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Brian Gephart, saxophones
Tom Garling, trombone 
Neal Alger, guitar 
Kelly Sill, bass 
Eric Montzka, drums

Brian Gephart has been a fixture on the Chicago jazz scene for many years. He is a prolific composer and recording artist, having seven releases to his name as leader or co-leader, as well as a vast discography of work on other artists' recordings. His own group performs regularly at the Jazz Showcase and they were featured at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival. Brian's most recent release, on Origin Records, is titled “Standing on Two Feet”. Back when I was presenting small jazz ensembles at The Whiskey Lounge, Brian appeared several times, on each occasion bringing something unique, clever and thought provoking, ranging from a tribute to Thelonious Monk to a band they called "The Brians" because everyone in the band was named Brian ... except for Fred. This week Brian will be bringing his "A" Team group of stellar Chicago musicians as they breeze their way through some well known classics and Brian's own compositions. It's going to be a swinging good time.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON TRIO
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: RICHARD D. JOHNSON TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Richard D. Johnson, piano
Dennis Carroll, bass
Charles Heath, drums

I asked Richard for a few words to describe this performance and he sent back a fabulous statement: “The evening’s presentation will involve lots of swinging, toe tapping and hand clapping music for all. You will be transported to the future of jazz using all the techniques of the past!”

Who doesn’t want to be there for that? This is Richard’s first appearance at Studio5 so I thought you might want to know a little bit about this impressive artist. You can read it … or you can just click on the video below. That’s all I needed. What a player!

Born in Pittsburgh, Richard was introduced to the piano at the age of five by his father, a gospel pianist in the church. Since then he has cultivated a rich, pedigreed musical background, schooled by some of the most legendary jazz musicians and trained at the most esteemed music institutions. He graduated from the Berklee School of Music in two years, earned a Master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the Boston Conservatory, and received an Artist Performance Diploma at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at New England Conservatory under the direction of Ron Carter. He was a member of Wynton Marsalis' Septet and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 2000-2003. He has shared jazz worldwide as a United States Musical Ambassador by the U.S. State Department, and started the Reach Afar program for young people ages 7-17, educating them about elements of jazz in hip-hop.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE PRODUCERS
Mar
24
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: THE PRODUCERS

Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

Sunday Film Fest Logo.jpg

About The Producers: In my book, the most brilliant premise ever devised and the funniest movie ever made. You would think, after watching the first twenty minutes of this film, that there is no possible way it could get even funnier – and you would be wrong. Springtime for Hitler? Are you kidding me? By now it’s become such a standard reference in our comedic culture we almost take it’s genius for granted. But remember, Mel Brooks won an Academy Award for his original screenplay back in 1967. And comedies NEVER win Oscars! If your Producers viewing experience is confined to the Broadway musical or the film version of it, I insist you join us for this screening of the classic picture that started it all. With Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Kenneth Mars and Dick Shawn. Your life is not complete until you’ve seen The Producers. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: THE LAST WORD
Mar
22
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: THE LAST WORD

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Marc Smith, poet
Al Day, guitar/vocals
Bob Long, piano
Brian Gephart, saxophones
Doug Lofstrom, bass

A band full of brilliant musicians teams up with the legendary FOUNDER of the poetry slam movement, performing jazz and poetry simultaneously. And you are thinking … what? This ensemble performed at Studio5 once before, and prior to the event I wrote, “I am SO excited about this show … and I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen.” Well, I can tell you what happened. Gosh darned magic. That’s what happened. I can think of many reasons it shouldn’t have worked, but it did, and it was sublime. It remains one of my favorite events at Studio5. I immediately looked forward to their return to our stage. If you were there the first time you’ll want to see it again, and if you missed it, now’s your chance. Don’t say I didn’t tell you.

We'll be recording this performance both for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB and for a new “live” recording the band will be releasing, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL
Mar
8
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHI-TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Don Stiernberg Quartet & Fred Simon Quartet

DSQ:
Don Stiernberg, mandolin
Neal Alger, guitar
Jim Cox, bass
Justin Kramer, drums

FSQ:
Fred Simon, piano
David Onderdonk, guitar
Curt Bley, bass
Gerald Dowd, drums

Every year the Chicago jazz community comes together under the leadership of John Moulder to present a week-long festival of music events to benefit hunger relief in Chicago. This year Studio5 is proud to be one of the hosting venues. The evening will be a win-win-win: For the price of a normal ticket to one of our jazz shows, audience members will be able to hear a set each from two of our crowd-favorite Studio5 artists, The Don Stiernberg Quartet and The Fred Simon Quartet; funds are raised to provide hunger relief in Chicago, and we all have a great time! The musicians donate their performances, the venue donates the space, and the proceeds from the evening go to feed people in Chicago without means. Sweet, all around. Join us.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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ede2: On Time
Mar
2
to Mar 3

ede2: On Time

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Performances:
3/2: 4PM & 7PM
3/3: 4PM

All seats $6. Click HERE for advance purchase.

Inspired by Abha Dawesars 2013 TED Talk, "Life in the Digital Now," the company explores through dance our varied relationships with time: How it affects our lives and informs our perspectives. Through improvisation, interviews, and other research, this company of talented 7th and 8th grade performers, led by Artistic Director Allison Kurtz Volkers, calls upon its signature theatrical style to present 50 minutes of layered, inventive, and thought-provoking dance.

Don’t miss your chance to see this exciting young company in its eighth season. 

The future is now.

Free parking right outside! Doors open 30 minutes prior to showtime.

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Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG
Mar
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Sarah Marie Young, vocals
Steve Million, piano
Andrew Vogt, bass
Greg Artry, drums

She’s back! The incredible soulful singer is a Studio5 audience favorite and we’re always thrilled when she makes a return trip to our stage! Sarah will be featuring songs from her past three albums and some brand new music.

Sarah Marie Young was a semi-finalist in the 2010 Thelonious Monk Competition and the winner of the 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones, from which she recorded her first full length album "Too Many Februaries" at Balik Farm Studios in Switzerland and subsequently performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah Marie Young released and toured Europe with her second album, "Little Candy Heart". Sarah's latest album, "Recess" was self-produced and released in April 2016. In 2017 she was featured with Postmodern Jukebox, and in 2018 appeared on Playing For Change's "Skin Deep" video with Buddy Guy.

Click on the video link to see Sarah’s previous performance at Studio5. It’s all great – just drop the needle anywhere on the record and enjoy!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: LAPIS TRIO
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LAPIS TRIO

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Casey Nielsen, nylon string guitar
Dan Thatcher, bass
Bob Garrett, percussion

Innovative composer/guitarist Casey Nielsen successfully straddles both the classical and jazz worlds in a way that is quite rare. He is a serious player in both areas, and his compositional skills only add to his multi-faceted artistry. With his Lapis Trio he has created a new recording, “The Travelers”, which, with its embrace of multiple genres and quasi-narrative structure, speaks directly to me. The resulting music is stunning. This is from Casey’s liner notes to “The Travelers”:

“The Travelers” began as a compositional device that framed this entire project. I imagined myself as a composer in a small village. What if my role in this community was that I had to perform a new piece every evening as my neighbors returned from work? I imagined what I might write in one day. Each piece would need to immediately engage the work- weary audience by being unique and entertaining. The music, like the returning community members, would also travel in some sense and then come home.

Come join us as we celebrate Casey’s newest release!

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: SOME LIKE IT HOT
Feb
17
4:00 PM16:00

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: SOME LIKE IT HOT

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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About Some Like It Hot: “We wanted to do a comedy out of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre.” 

That’s Billy Wilder explaining the genesis of what is routinely hailed as the greatest comedy ever made, in Cameron Crowe’s excellent book “Conversations With Wilder”.  Who am I to argue?  Jack Lemmon was never funnier, Marilyn Monroe demonstrates formidable comedic chops and wears clothes that barely qualify as clothes, and Tony Curtis drives a speedboat backwards and gets his glasses steamed up in the sexiest make-out scene ever committed to film. Did I mention the script is perfect? Billy Wilder directed a handful of the greatest American pictures, but I think this one’s his masterpiece. Fun fact: Tony Curtis’ dialogue as his female persona Josephine was dubbed by the great Paul Frees, who voiced Boris Badenov on the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoons, among hundreds of other credits. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID & THE PORKPIES
Feb
15
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID & THE PORKPIES

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Steve Rashid, vocal/piano/harmonica
Paul Mertens, saxophones
Don Stiernberg, guitar/mandolin
Jim Cox, bass
Kevin Connelley, drums

This whole show started with a suggestion from my good pal, Victoria Zielinski. When I mentioned to her that 2019 is Nat "King" Cole's centennial and that I was planning to do a show at Studio5, she reminded me that my old band, The Porkpies, was focused on Nat's music. She's right. I started The Porkpies in the late 1980s (gulp!) to try to recreate some of Nat's music from the late 40s (Straighten up and Fly Right, Route 66, Too Marvelous For Words). I was absolutely in love with that stuff. I thought it would be a fun experiment to play those tunes using the musical vocabulary of the time ... not like we were trying to BE his band, just trying to be a band in that era interested in the same music. And I didn't want it to be campy or put-on. I just wanted to explore the music. I called a bunch of friends, wrote some arrangements, and off we went. We played many clubs in Chicago and the group was together in one form or another for a decade or so. It had several lineups during that time. The group on Friday will not be the original lineup, but Don Stiernberg and Kevin Connelley were there from the outset. Paul Mertens and Jim Cox were later additions as other guys moved on, and we all remain good friends and happy collaborators. However, I'm pretty sure that these guys, in this context, have not played together in over 15 years.

BTW this was the band I had when I met my bride, and I think she just might come to the show! And besides that, it's my birthday weekend! So I'm giving myself the gift of making music with some old pals. Come on out to here us, and celebrate Steve puttin' on another lap around the Sun.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

Come to the show to see if the suit still fits!

Come to the show to see if the suit still fits!

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Live at Studio5: LUCIANO ANTONIO QUARTET
Feb
9
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LUCIANO ANTONIO QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Luciano Antonio, guitar/vocal
Luiz Ewerling, drums 
Jack Zara, bass 
Adrian Ruiz, piano

Luciano takes the audience on a tour of Brazil by presenting a wide variety of Brazilian compositions combined with his own originals. His performances explore the rich melodic, harmonic and rhythmic vocabularies employed by the delicious music of his homeland, and range from simple solo guitar pieces to dynamic, percussive arrangements with the entire ensemble. Luciano released two albums of original music Vida De Artista - An Artist's Life in 2011, Sem Palavras – Without Words in 2015. In 2019 he released his third album: Luciano Antonio Quintet - Live At Jazz Showcase (w/special guests Breno Sauer and Neusa Sauer). Luciano is a sweet, gentle soul, and his spirit flows directly through his beautiful music. He has absolutely placed his stamp on the Brazilian music scene in Chicago.

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there. -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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DCE 25th Anniversary Performance
Feb
2
7:30 PM19:30

DCE 25th Anniversary Performance

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General Seating. All tickets $10. Click HERE for advance purchase.

Dance Center Evanston celebrates 25 years in the Evanston community with a presentation of choreography by faculty members and alumni dancers! The evening will include works by Enid Smith, Glenn Leslie, Christina Ernst, Tim Tsang, Shelby Moran, Kara Roseborough, and will feature a dance with 22 current and past faculty members, including Dance Center Evanston’s founder and director, Bea Rashid.

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:00.

DCE founder and director, Béa Rashid (Photo by Matt Glavin)

DCE founder and director, Béa Rashid (Photo by Matt Glavin)

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Live at Studio5: MARINARO SINGS SINATRA/JOBIM
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: MARINARO SINGS SINATRA/JOBIM

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$25-30. Click HERE for tickets.

Paul Marinaro, vocal
Tom Garling, trombone
Mike Allemana, guitar
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Dennis Carroll, bass
George Fludas, drums

By popular demand: Marinaro Sings Sinatra/Jobim - on Jobim's Birthday!

Vocalist Paul Marinaro first performed the arrangements for the classic album Francis Albert Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim for its 50th anniversary in 2017. Those performances quickly sold-out, were very well received, and many have been asking when this show might happen again. Well here it is - Live at Studio5 and on the birthday of Antonio Carlos Jobim!

Paul is teaming up with guitarist Mike Allemana, pianist Jeremy Kahn, bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer George Fludas, and trombonist Tom Garling to perform the album live, with newly created arrangements that are respectful to and inspired by the originals! At once rhythmic and romantic, playful and sensual, world-wise and deeply poetic, you can blame it all on the bossa nova!

One night only!

Join us. We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so you'll be part of the studio audience! -SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside! Doors open for cocktails and socializing at 7:30.

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Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
Jan
20
3:30 PM15:30

Studio5 Sunday Film Festival: IT'S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD

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Tickets just $10 at the door!

Our own Studio5 film series! Join your Studio5 friends, grab some popcorn, order a drink at the bar and enjoy a great movie shown on our beautiful new projection system (with that fabulous Studio5 sound). Curated and hosted by actor and screenwriter Dana Olsen.

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PLEASE NOTE: Because this film clocks in at nearly three hours (including intermission) we will be starting at 3:30 rather than our usual 4:00 time.

About It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World: My personal favorite comedy of all time and something of a miracle considering the cast – the most amazing collection of comedic talent ever assembled in one picture; and the fact that it was directed by Stanley Kramer whose reputation at the time was defined by a series of hard hitting dramas dealing with serious social and political issues. It’s long, it’s loud, it’s raucous and it’s absolutely hysterical. Starring Sid Caesar, Milton Berle, Jonathan Winters, Mickey Rooney, Phil Silvers, Ethel Merman, Terry-Thomas, Dick Shawn, Buddy Hackett, Spencer Tracy and featuring cameos by Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Don Knotts, Buster Keaton and yes, even the Three Stooges. With an intermission, to give us time to rest our ribs. Do you have anything better to do on a Sunday afternoon in Chicago in January? I didn’t think so. See you there. – D.O.

Cash bar, light snacks (including popcorn!), free parking right outside!

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Practical Radio Theatre on the Air!
Dec
28
to Dec 29

Practical Radio Theatre on the Air!

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TWO NIGHTS! DECEMBER 28 & 29 @ 8:00PM [doors open for cocktails at 7:30]

PRICES: $35-40

Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance!

Studio5 & The Practical Theatre Company present two nights of comedy and music!

The Practical Theatre is back with a classic radio show featuring grown-up comedy, great live music, and spectacular handmade sound effects! Plus adult beverages! Join the fun as the PTC records two shows at Studio5 Performing Arts Center in Evanston for later broadcast on Chicago’s premier jazz station WDCB 90.9 FM.

Following their smash holiday engagements the past two years at Studio5, writer-performers Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen return with Practical Radio Theatre on the Air, featuring music by Steve Rashid and his Studio5 All-Stars (Don Stiernberg, Jim Cox & Robert Rashid), with special appearances by Giggle Break’s Daniel Rashid, vocalist Paul Marinaro (12/28 only) and recording artist Eva B. Ross (12/28 & 12/29). The Friday show will include an additional musical set by Paul Marinaro; the Saturday show will include an additional set by Eva B. Ross!

Practical Radio Theatre on the Air is a classic radio show format filled with high spirits, satire and song. Join the live audience and be an integral part of the show, sipping a smart cocktail in the comfort of the North Shore’s most intimate performance venue ... then cheer a second time when you hear the broadcast on the air! Studio5 Performing Arts Center, located at Dempster and Dodge in Evanston, features comfy seating, great sight lines, state of the art sound and lights – and acres of free parking.

It’s another holiday happening to remember!

There are just 2 shows: Friday December 28th and Saturday the 29th. Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance! There will be a cash bar for both shows. Doors open for socializing and cocktails at 7:30. Showtime is 8:00 – but the fun really begins as soon as you get there!

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