Mr. Olsen's Champagne Celebration
Dec
29
to Jan 1

Mr. Olsen's Champagne Celebration

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THREE NIGHTS! DECEMBER 29, 30 & 31 @ 8:00PM [doors open for cocktails at 7:30]

PRICES:  12/29 $35-50  |  12/30 $40-55  |  12/31 $80-95

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Grown-up comedy! Adult beverages! Live music! Dancers! The Bubbly -- and a Bubble Machine!

It’s time to ring in the New Year once again at Studio5. Following their smash holiday engagement at Studio5 last year, the legendary Practical Theatre Company, featuring improvisational comedy stars Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen, returns with a sketch comedy/variety special (in the style of the Lawrence Welk Show!) filled with music, laughter, satire and song.

Joining the cast will be the Practical Theatre's longtime musical director, Steve Rashid, songbird Eva B. Ross, cabaret chanteuse Shelly Goldstein -- and the Studio5 All-Star Band, including Rockin' Ronny Crawford on drums, Don Stille on accordion, bassist Joe Policastro and Don Stiernberg on every stringed instrument a man can play. Plus stand-up comedienne Emilia Barrosse, Giggle Break's own Daniel Rashid and percussionist Robert Rashid.

Did we mention the Mr. Olsen Dancers?? Oh yeah. They’re back – and better than ever!

There will be three shows – on Friday December 29, Saturday December 30 and Sunday December 31. Tickets are ON SALE NOW HERE!

The show on December 31st will be followed by live music and dancing, as we invite you all to boogie into the New Year! (Enjoy tasty food, too!)

Studio5 is Evanston's hippest, most intimate performing arts venue -- with comfortable seating, excellent sight lines, state of the art sound and lighting, and acres of free parking.

There will be a cash bar all three evenings. DOORS OPEN FOR COCKTAILS AT 7:30.

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TOM MULA: A reading of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"
Dec
9
to Dec 10

TOM MULA: A reading of "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol"

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Marley Poster

PLEASE NOTE – THERE ARE TWO PERFORMANCES OF THIS EVENT:

• Saturday 12/9 @ 8:00PM

• Sunday 12/10 @ 3:00PM

Tickets: $20-25, Students $15-20. Appropriate for ages 12+. Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance.

Béa and I have known Tom Mula almost as long as we've known each other. Tom is a brilliant actor/director/playwright, who, among many other accomplishments, portrayed Scrooge in the Goodman Theatre's production of "A Christmas Carol" for seven years. Béa choreographed that show for ten years, which is how she got to know Tom. My friendship with Tom also extends back decades. He and I were co-writers on two theater productions, "Sylvia's Real Good Advice" (written with and based on the cartoon strip by Nicole Hollander), and "W!" (based on the presidency of George W. Bush). During Tom's run as Scrooge at the Goodman, a young girl who had seen the show told Tom that she thought Jacob Marley got a bad deal: Marley came back as a tormented ghost to tell Scrooge to change his ways in order to avoid his own fate, but Marley himself had no chance at redemption. Tom hadn't considered this, but agreed, and set out to correct the record. His beautiful novel, "Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol", tells Dickens' famous tale from Marley's perspective. This impeccable story was a critical smash and has had many lives: Tom's recording of his reading of the novel was broadcast on NPR nationally for six years. Tom has performed the story across the country (including here at the Goodman) as a one-man play, and has re-written it for the stage for larger ensembles. All in all it has had over 400 productions, in 48 states, on four continents.

Well, we are excited to announce that for one special weekend we will have Tom all to ourselves as he takes the Studio5 stage solo to perform an intimate reading of this inspiring, funny, deeply touching story. With two performances to choose from we hope you can join us to experience this master storyteller up close. And by all means, bring your family (appropriate for ages 12 and up).

We get it. This season is a busy one. But trust me, if you include this event in your holiday activities you will leave feeling enriched, and hopeful. At this point, can't we all use that? –SR

Cash bar, light snacks, free parking right outside. Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.

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Live at Studio5: CHRIS GREENE QUARTET
Dec
8
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHRIS GREENE QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Chris Greene, saxophone
Damian Espinosa, piano
Marc Piane, bass
Steve Corley, drums

Saxophonist and composer Chris Greene was born and grew up right here in Evanston. After graduating from the the University of Indiana Jazz Studies program he returned to the Chicago area to pursue his career. He has performed with everyone from Common to The Temptations to Andrew Bird to the Mighty Blue Kings. He's also led his own group, with essentially the same lineup, for many years. His music is funky, soulful, surprising, engaging and fun, and Chris is works as hard as anyone I know to continue to make his art his career (and I mean that as a real compliment). We look forward to welcoming Chris for his debut performance at Studio5.

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: TYPHANIE MONIQUE
Dec
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: TYPHANIE MONIQUE

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Typhanie Monique, vocal

Bob Garrett, percussion

Neal Alger, guitar

Ben Lewis, piano

Joshua Ramos, bass

Timothy Archbold, cello

Vocalist Typhanie Monique presented several soulful performances for us at the Whiskey Lounge (see the video below) and we always looked forward to her return. Evanston Dance Ensemble fans will also recall that Typhanie was the featured vocalist as part of the EDE production of "The Music Moves" in 2015, weaving through the EDE dancers as she sang. She's a versatile singer, a lovely songwriter, and an engaging performer. Her newest recording, "Call It Magic", has been met with critical acclaim, and JazzTimes magazine describes Typhanie as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.”

For this Studio5 appearance, Typhanie is eschewing a traditional jazz group format in favor of a chamber ensemble. This is how she envisions her performance:

Theme  - Shadow and Light - Songs inspired by the Season
This time of year brings reflection as the year comes to a close. It is a time of stillness, where the shadow of winter follows our footsteps in the snow and the moon shows her face more hours than the sun. The season that for a moment warms our spirit with gathering and holiday cheer, ringing in a new year and then suddenly turns still and frigid, allowing us to transition and reflect.

The songs chosen for this concert reflect the transitions of the season.  I will be performing some jazz standards, contemporary repertoire and holiday songs that will warm the soul, ignite the senses and bring a desire for a deeper understanding of stillness and refelction.  From my previous performance experience at Studio 5, I wanted to create a concert setting that was thoughtful and reflective, utilizing this incredible space both sonically and visually.  Shadow and Light instantly came to mind.  I also wanted to use different instrumentation that showcased some of the music from “Call It Magic” and my cover of Dylan’s, "Boots Of Spanish Leather”.   Steve and Bea have created a magical space and I want to create a magical night for its listeners. 

We'll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB with our special guest host for the evening, WDCB Station Manager, Dan Bindert, so you'll be part of the studio audience! See you there! –SR

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

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ViewPoint: The Young Choreographers Project
Nov
17
to Nov 19

ViewPoint: The Young Choreographers Project

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FIVE PERFORMANCES BY MEMBERS OF THE EVANSTON DANCE ENSEMBLE:

• Friday November 17 at 7:30

• Saturday November 18 at 4:00 & 7:00

• Sunday November 19 at 4:00 & 7:00

Tickets: $18 Adult / $12 Student

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Tomorrow's choreographers today! Variety is the spice of EDE in ten original works. Choreographed by members of the Evanston Dance Ensemble and special guests, Keesha Beckford and Shelby Moran, ViewPoint is a treat for all lovers of dance.

Choreographers:  Jackie Baker, Caelen Behm, Chana Goldbloom, Natasha Lubar, Sarah Parisien, Anne Raspe, Isabelle Seegers, Eliza Witt

Doors open 30 minutes before curtain.

photo by Matt Glavin

 

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Dance Through the Decades: THE 1940s with the IN FULL SWING BIG BAND
Nov
11
8:00 PM20:00

Dance Through the Decades: THE 1940s with the IN FULL SWING BIG BAND

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$15-20. Click HERE for tickets.

This week is the third installment of our Dance Through the Decades series, this time spotlighting the 1940s. It's a turbulent time, the world is at war, but on the dance floor the jitterbug is king. Our Studio5 dance floor is open and the band is both large and in charge. Turn back the clock with us and come out to dance to the sounds of the 1940s with the In Full Swing Big Band, led by pianist Ron Surace! With 17 band members, if I tried to list the personnel I might break the internet, but let me at least tell you that the drummer is Dave Fodor –– if you have a child who came through the ETHS band program you will remember Dr. Fodor as the former concert band and jazz band director there ... and all-around great guy. It will be lots of fun to catch up with him and hear him play!

By the way, we honestly did not plan to have a big band play music from the 1940s on Veteran's Day ... but when someone drew my attention to that coincidence the other day, I realized that it was pure genius. You're welcome.

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

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Live at Studio5: BOB LONG / AL DAY / MARC SMITH
Nov
10
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BOB LONG / AL DAY / MARC SMITH

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Marc Smith, poet

Al Day, guitar/vocal

Bob Long, keyboard

Brian Gephart, saxophone

Doug Lofstrom, bass

This one is going to be mind-blowing. I've long considered Al Day one of Chicago's best kept musical secrets ... and it frustrates the hell out me. Why doesn't EVERYBODY know about this guy?? He is the complete singer/songwriter package: a beautiful lyric poet with a stunning melodic and harmonic sense ... and a voice that will tear you apart. Al is also a compelling interpreter of jazz standards, and he often teams up with the brilliant pianist, Bob Long, to present innovative programming for our series. Seeing them live is always a delight for me. Well, Bob and Al approached me about putting together a live jazz/poetry performance at Studio5 featuring the legendary FOUNDER of the poetry slam movement, Marc Smith. Who would turn that down?? Marc Smith established a poetry open mic at the Get Me High Lounge in 1984 which evolved into his crowd-inclusive "poetry slam" concept, establishing a permanent home at the Green Mill in 1987. Now more than thirty years later the movement is still going strong and has been exported to over 500 cities worldwide. Yeah, that guy -- the guy that started it. Adding the beauty and power of Marc Smith's poetry to the evening helps fulfill our mission at Studio5 of presenting truly unusual artistic performances to our audiences. Rounding out the ensemble will be two other talented musicians, saxophonist Brian Gephart, and bassist Doug Lofstrom. I am SO excited about this show ... and I have absolutely no idea what is going to happen. I hope you can join us – and if you're interested in seeing Marc Smith in action, check out the video 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 at 7:30.

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Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1940s
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1940s

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$15 individual

$25 per couple

To clarify: THIS IS A DANCE CLASS, NOT A MUSICAL EVENT. This class is presented in partnership with (and as preparation for) the Dance Through the Decades: The 1940's LIVE MUSIC EVENT on November 11th with a live big band. We thought it would be fun to offer dance classes in the style of the era (for those who would like to learn some basic steps) the week before presenting the live music event. Click HERE to purchase advance tickets, or pay at the door.

Have fun in this class learning the social dances of the 1940s – to recorded music – and then join us the following Saturday, November 11th, for our Dance Through the Decades live music event where you can show off your new skills and strut your stuff on the dance floor to the In Full Swing Big Band. Your instructor will be Allen Desterhaft, an internationally acclaimed Ballroom dancer and teacher with over 20 years of professional experience. Anyone attending this dance class will receive $5 off the ticket to the Saturday show.

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Live at Studio5: LIBBY YORK
Nov
3
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: LIBBY YORK

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Libby York, vocals

Jeremy Kahn, piano

Mike Allemana, guitar

Eric Schneider, tenor sax & clarinet

Clark Sommers, bass

Vocalist Libby York has garnered raves from the international jazz press for her performances and recordings, Blue Gardenia, Sunday in New York, Here With You and her latest release Memoir. She has enchanted audiences at venues such as The Kitano, Waldorf Astoria and Metropolitan Room New York City, Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Winter’s Jazz Club Chicago, venues in Los Angeles, the Netherlands, Vancouver BC and Cafe Laurent, Paris. Please join us for Libby's debut at Studio5! By the way, she has told us that she will be performing plenty of danceable tunes, so we’re going to open up the dance floor for any audience members who feel inspired to get on up!

"a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety.." New York Times
"She's got it all." Nat Hentoff
"her wit and easy swing." New Yorker
"consummate jazz phrasing.." Jazz Times
4 stars Downbeat
"she'll appeal to Diana Krall fans but is very much her own woman." Times of London

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 at 7:30.

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Dance Through the Decades: THE 1930s with THE RECESSION SEVEN
Oct
28
8:00 PM20:00

Dance Through the Decades: THE 1930s with THE RECESSION SEVEN

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$15-20. Click HERE for tickets.

Petra van Nuis, vocals
Art Davis, trumpet
Russ Phillips, trombone
Eric Schneider, reeds
Andy Brown, guitar
Dan DeLorenzo, bass
Bob Rummage, drums

Oh boy do we have a treat for you on Saturday evening! In the second installment of our popular Dance Through the Decades series, we bring you the oh-so-danceable sounds of Petra van Nuis' Recession Seven. This band is littered with A-list Chicago jazz musicians, and they will be filling Studio5 with music directly from the 1930s. 

Of course, if you attended our 1930s dance class on Sunday you now have a leg up on everyone else. Just be careful not to pull a hammy. But it doesn't matter if you missed the dance class: Once the band hits the downbeat everyone is invited up on the Studio5 dance floor! Remember the 1930s? Economic turmoil, racial tension, civil unrest in Spain, nations teetering on the brink of another World War ... wait, that was last week. No, no, that WAS the 1930s. Well, AND last week. Anyway, in the 1930s, people just like us found relief and release through social dancing, and we aim to do the same thing at Studio5. Let's go! Come dance to the great sounds of a great era. Or just come to listen to the music and enjoy the company of friends. Oh, and thank goodness Prohibition was repealed in 1933 because we have a bar. That should come in handy.

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

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Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS
Oct
27
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: BEN LEWIS

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Ben Lewis, piano

Patrick Mulcahy, bass

Jon Deitemyer, drums

Special Guest Vocalists: Sarah Marie Young and Matt Lewis

I first heard Ben Lewis play several years ago when he appeared with Typhanie Monique at the Whiskey Lounge. Immediately – I mean even during the sound check – I could tell he was one of those compelling, inventive players I just had to follow. He combines clever harmonies with beautiful – and often humorous – melodic ideas in such a quick, effortless way that I ended up wanting to run home and practice … or quit. I’ve been a huge fan of his ever since.

Tragically, about a year ago, Ben was involved in a horrible accident. He fell from a ladder and suffered multiple broken bones and a life-threatening concussion. It’s been a helluva long, rough road, but thankfully, Ben has fully recovered. In a period when we are bombarded with relentlessly awful news, isn’t it nice to hear a story that ultimately turns out ok? I am honored to announce that Ben will be performing an evening of his own music at Studio5 on October 27th. I hope you can join us for a joyous evening of music-making from this masterful, inspiring artist. I asked Ben if there was anything he’d like to say about this event and this is what he sent me: 

“We all face our own challenges in life, and this last year has been no exception for my family and me. Through my own experience I've learned not only what I was capable of, but what a tremendous outpouring of support is possible in times like this.

With this performance I want to let music tell our story … and let the emotion it arises in the listener perhaps be a unique reflection of their own path. Fear, guilt, pain, worry, joy, humor and love … these are all feelings that can find voice through music, and I believe there can be healing in the sharing of that experience. 

The way the world is today … there is power in the purity of music and its ability to lift us up.

I’m so pleased to be joined by some of my favorite musicians - drummer Jon Deitemyer and bassist Patrick Mulcahey. This is a chance for me to share some my own compositions and how they connect to my life, and allow the wonder and beauty of improvisation to flow freely between us.

Please consider joining us at Studio5 in Evanston on October 27th, 2017 to be part of this special concert.”

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 at 7:30.

Click on the video below to hear Ben with Typhanie Monique at the Whiskey Lounge.

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Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1930s
Oct
22
5:00 PM17:00

Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1930s

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$15 individual

$25 per couple

To clarify: THIS IS A DANCE CLASS, NOT A MUSICAL EVENT. This class is presented in partnership with (and as preparation for) the Dance Through the Decades: The 1930's LIVE MUSIC EVENT on October 28th with The Recession Seven. We thought it would be fun to offer dance classes in the style of the era (for those who would like to learn some basic steps) the week before presenting the live music event. Click HERE to purchase advance tickets, or pay at the door.

Have fun in this class learning the social dances of the 1930s – to recorded music – and then join us the following Saturday, October 28th, for our Dance Through the Decades live music event where you can show off your new skills and strut your stuff on the dance floor to the music of The Recession Seven! Your instructor will be Allen Desterhaft, an internationally acclaimed Ballroom dancer and teacher with over 20 years of professional experience. Anyone attending this dance class will receive $5 off the ticket to the Saturday show.

Check out the video below. You may not be Ricardo Montalban, Lana Turner or Rita Moreno ... but it's fun to pretend, isn't it?

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CERQUA RIVERA DANCE THEATRE: Alone / Together
Oct
13
7:30 PM19:30

CERQUA RIVERA DANCE THEATRE: Alone / Together

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Advance Tickets: General - $24 / Students - $20 (Click HERE to purchase tickets in advance)

Tickets purchased at the door: General - $28 / Students - $24

We are excited to welcome Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre for a special one-night only performance at Studio5. This innovative dance company combines compelling contemporary dance with visual art and a live jazz ensemble, resulting in an onstage feast for the eyes and ears. CRDT will be premiering five new works this fall in a program titled Alone/Together, exploring the themes of immigration, breaking up and moving on, and working together ... or not. Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre's artists hail from Chicago, Virginia, Australia, Argentina and points in between, and the breadth of their collective life experiences is reflected in their art. Please join us for what we believe will be a rich, unique experience. –BR

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

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Live at Studio5: JOE POLICASTRO TRIO - Screen Sounds
Oct
6
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: JOE POLICASTRO TRIO - Screen Sounds

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Joe Policastro, bass

Dave Miller, guitar

Mikel Avery, drums

We are happy to welcome back our old pal, Joe Policastro, with his trio celebrating the release of their newest recording, "Screen Sounds". The third album by the Joe Policastro Trio features the singular approach of the Chicago-based ensemble on a unique assemblage of music from movies and TV. Both a musical tapestry and personal soundtrack, the trio has re-purposed these selections blending each member's unique voice into a unified sound while shedding new light on these musical touchstones. For this performance at Studio5, the trio will be presenting the music in a multimedia format with experimental film and original lighting design. Click on the video links to hear samples and find out more about this innovative project.

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: PAULINHO GARCIA & MIKE ALLEMANA with GRAZYNA AUGUSCIK
Sep
23
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: PAULINHO GARCIA & MIKE ALLEMANA with GRAZYNA AUGUSCIK

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets

Paulinho Garcia, guitar/vocal

Mike Allemana, guitar

Special Guest: Grazyna Auguscik, vocal

It's hard to imagine a more lovely sound than that of Paulinho Garcia. The lush harmonizations from his guitar and his quiet, pure voice all reflect his gentle, sweet spirit. His is Brazilian jazz at its finest. I am grateful for our friendship that now spans more than 30 years, and along with his many other colleagues and fans in Chicago, I was saddened when Paulinho moved to Los Angeles in 2015. We’re always so glad when he visits – Paulinho contacted me recently to let me know he was going to be in town for a couple of weeks, and we quickly worked out this date for him to appear at Studio5. Paulinho’s performances in Chicago are now quite rare, and I’m really looking forward to showing him our new home in Studio5 and introducing him to our audience. Paulinho will be performing with fellow guitarist, Mike Allemana, one of Chicago’s finest players and a friend of our series. Mike has played all over the world with the likes of Von Freeman, Mickey Roker, Lonnie Smith and Bernard Purdie. He is a highly respected, monstrously talented musician and I can't wait to hear what he and Paulinho cook up. And if that wasn't wonderful enough, the extraordinary vocalist, Grazyna Auguscik, will be their special guest for the evening. Paulinho and Grazyna have worked as a duet for years – listening to them is like watching mind readers. We are thrilled she will be stopping by to join the fun. Wow! Click on the video below to hear Paulinho and Mike from an appearance at the Whiskey Lounge in 2015.

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 at 7:30.

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Dance Through the Decades: THE 1920s with THE FAT BABIES
Sep
22
8:00 PM20:00

Dance Through the Decades: THE 1920s with THE FAT BABIES

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$15-20. Click HERE for tickets.

Hey there cutes
put on your dancin' boots
and come, dance with me ...

It would be hard for me to overstate how much I've been looking forward to this event. Almost exactly a year ago we celebrated our grand opening at Studio5. As we were planning the event we discussed featuring a live band, and I thought for about two seconds before I blurted out, "I want the Fat Babies!" This band is so good I can't stand it. They accurately and passionately perform the music of the 1920s in a way that is, all at once, exciting, fun and moving. Our opening weekend was a tremendously good time and I've been eager to have the Fat Babies back all year. Oh, and by the way, the dance floor was packed. When we recently decided to begin our "Dance Through the Decades" series, I thought for about a second and blurted out, "I want the Fat Babies!" I guess I'm getting quicker.

On Friday we'll move the rug back a bit and open up the large Studio5 dance floor for anyone who wants to get on up and oil their ankles. So join us for the first installment of our Dance Through the Decades series. Welcome to the Jazz Age! The floor is open and the band is red hot. Turn back the clock and come out to dance to the sounds of the 1920s with The Fat Babies! Or just sit and drink it in. Either way you'll leave with a little extra spring in your step. –SR

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

Check 'em out from our Studio5 Grand Opening in 2016 in the video below:

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Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1920s
Sep
17
5:00 PM17:00

Dance Through the Decades: SOCIAL DANCE CLASS - THE 1920s

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$15 individual

$25 per couple

To clarify: THIS IS A DANCE CLASS, NOT A MUSICAL EVENT. This class is presented in partnership with (and as preparation for) the Dance Through the Decades: The 1920's LIVE MUSIC EVENT on September 22nd with The Fat Babies. We thought it would be fun to offer dance classes in the style of the era (for those who would like to learn some basic steps) the week before presenting the live music event. Click HERE to purchase advance tickets for this class, or pay at the door.

Have fun in this class learning the social dances of the 1920s – to recorded music – and then join us the following Friday, September 22nd, for our Dance Through the Decades live music event where you can show off your new skills and strut your stuff on the dance floor to the music of the fabulous Fat Babies. Your instructor will be Allen Desterhaft, an internationally acclaimed Ballroom dancer and teacher with over 20 years of professional experience. Anyone attending this dance class will receive $5 off the ticket to the Saturday show. We might teach you this move:

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Live at Studio5: JUDY ROBERTS / GREG FISHMAN / BOB OJEDA
Sep
15
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: JUDY ROBERTS / GREG FISHMAN / BOB OJEDA

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Judy Roberts, piano/vocal

Greg Fishman, saxophone/flute

Bob Ojeda, trumpet

Three Chicago jazz greats on one stage! Judy Roberts is a legend of the Chicago jazz scene, and since her move to Phoenix years ago, we always look forward to her warm-weather reappearance in the Windy City. Judy's husband, multi-instrumentalist Greg Fishman, has been Judy's musical partner even longer than he has been her life partner, and together they truly make beautiful music. For this performance at Studio5, Judy and Greg welcome Bob Ojeda, a revered trumpet player who has played with a who's who of jazz greats, including his 16-year stint with the Count Basie Orchestra. This is bound to be a swinging, fun evening! Click on the video link below to hear Judy and Greg from a Whiskey Lounge appearance in 2016.

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: PAUL MARINARO & BEN PATERSON
Sep
8
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: PAUL MARINARO & BEN PATERSON

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Paul Marinaro, vocal

Ben Paterson, piano

Clark Sommers, bass

Dana Hall, drums

Two of our Studio5 favorites joining forces in one action-packed show! Paul Marinaro has been delighting audiences far and wide with what Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune calls, "one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today." Ben Paterson, a former Chicagoan now residing in New York, is a formidable pianist we welcome to our stage any time he passes through Chicago. Having these two extraordinary artists on our stage together will be pure joy. And if that wasn't enough, rounding out the rhythm section will be two other extraordinary Chicago talents, Clark Sommers (bass) and Dana Hall (drums). Click on the link below to hear Paul, Ben and Clark from an appearance together at the Whiskey Lounge in 2015.

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

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Live at Studio5: CHORO DE LÁ PRA CÁ
Sep
1
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CHORO DE LÁ PRA CÁ

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Choro de Lá pra Cá is a multi-national trio based in Natal, Brazil and the Chicago area.  This talented, soulful group delighted us in a concert at the Whiskey Lounge in 2016. They are currently on their third U.S. tour and we are happy to welcome them for their first performance at Studio5. Choro de Lá pra Cá is comprised of Julie Koidin, a classically trained flutist from the Chicago area specializing in Brazilian genres, Diogo Guanabara, composer, guitarist and mandolinist from Natal, Brazil, and Carlo Padilla, composer, actor, guitarist and vocalist. They met and had their first performance in 2014 during the World Cup in Brazil while Julie was there researching choro music. For those unfamiliar with this infectious style, choro developed in Rio de Janeiro in the late 19th century with the blending of African and European musical influences into a genre commonly employing happy melodies and quick tempos. For that reason it is considered by some as the “ragtime” of Brazil. It is once again enjoying popularity in Brazil and beyond, and Choro de Lá pra Cá specializes in authentic renditions of classic choro pieces as well as exploring new musical territory of their own. Each band member brings their own musical influences to the group, combining choro, samba, northeastern Brazilian folk traditions, American jazz and classical music into a unique musical stew. The name of their group, by the way, roughly translates as "Choro from here and there" to signify the group's travels back and forth between Brazil and the US. Their first concert, performed in the middle of the sand dunes national park in Natal, Brazil, was an overwhelming success and has led to subsequent performances in both Brazil and the U.S. Please join us for this special concert by a truly unique group, and explore the wonderful musical world of choro!

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

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Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET
Aug
25
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Don Stiernberg, mandolin

Andy Brown, guitar

Jim Cox, bass

Phil Gratteau, drums

World-renowned master of the jazz mandolin, Don Stiernberg, brings an all-star group of Chicago musicians with him to our stage at Studio5. There's not much I can say about Don that I haven't already said. I admit I am biased – he's my oldest, dearest pal, and the reason I moved to Chicago (we had a band together in college and I followed Don here after we graduated). It seems fitting that Don and his group will kick off our Fall season at Studio5. After a friendship that spans more decades than either of us cares to count, Don's music still brings me to tears. That's saying something. Don will be joined by three other extraordinary musicians. Guitarist Andy Brown and drummer Phil Gratteau were last on our stage in June with the great Howard Alden, and Jim Cox (having played with greats like Earl Hines and Marian McPartland) is on everyone's short list of all-time great Chicago bassists. I should mention that in addition to being stellar musicians, these witty guys have all been friends for many years. So an evening shared with them is as fun – and funny – as it is musically exciting. I'm really looking forward to this.

Learn all about Don 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

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Live at Studio5: CLARK SOMMERS featuring SARAH MARIE YOUNG
Jul
14
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: CLARK SOMMERS featuring SARAH MARIE YOUNG

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Sarah Marie Young, vocal

Clark Sommers, bass

Stu Mindeman, keyboards

Greg Artry, drums

Bassist Clark Sommers is active throughout the Chicago jazz scene (and beyond) in a delightfully diverse collection of ensembles, including his position as Kurt Elling’s regular bassist. The Tribune’s Howard Reich wrote a lovely review of Clark’s appearance at the Green Mill last week saying his music “pulsed with rhythmic intensity but remained translucent in its textures and essentially lyrical at its core.” You can read the entire review HERE.

In my own orbit, he has appeared as a sideman several times at both the Whiskey Lounge and Studio5, and I’ve always loved his playing. I have been aware that Clark also fronts his own groups, so recently he and I have been talking about him bringing one of them in to Studio5. We agreed on a date, and boy, has he delivered on the personnel. Sarah Marie Young is a vocalist I have known about for several years. A soulful singer with a cool, unusual repertoire, she has performed around the world, including the Montreaux Jazz Festival, and I’ve been hoping to get her to our stage for some time. Pianist Stu Mindeman works alongside Clark in Kurt Elling’s band and is, like Sarah, someone who’s been on my radar screen for a couple of years. I’m thrilled he will also be making his Studio5 debut. Greg Artry is a fine drummer I first met when he played at the Whiskey Lounge in 2015, and I look forward to hearing him again. This is an ensemble Clark has created just for this event, and I am eager to see what they bring. If you’d like a sample of Sarah’s vocal work, I encourage you to check out the video below.

Following this show we’ll be taking a bit of a summer break from our jazz series to focus on a few physical improvements to our space as well as some other ongoing musical projects (more on all that later). We’ll be back later in August, but if you’d like to catch a Studio5 jazz show soon this is your chance – and it’s going to be a great one! By the way, 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

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Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD & PAUL MARINARO
Jun
30
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD & PAUL MARINARO

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Alyssa Allgood & Paul Marinaro, vocals
Dan Chase, B3 organ
Mike Allemana, guitar
Mikel Avery, drums

Two good friends, two great singers, lots of fun! If you were a Whiskey Lounge patron you will recall nights of incredible music provided – separately – by Paul Marinaro and Alyssa Allgood. We always so looked forward to their performances. Alyssa has been recognized by Downbeat Magazine as an artist who “impressively sings, scats and writes original lyrics”. She was recently named a Top 15 Finalist in the 2016 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition and a 2016 Jazz Fellow through the Luminarts Cultural Organization in Chicago. Her debut album, "Out of the Blue", was named a “Best Release of 2016” by The Huffington Post, All About Jazz, Jazz History Online, The L.A. Jazz Scene and a “Best Debut Release of 2016” by The New York City Jazz Record. Not bad for an artist just a few years out of college. Paul Marinaro was dubbed as having "one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today" by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune. He is a modern classic, from the mold of Sinatra, Bennett and Torme, and regularly fills houses all over Chicago. Paul has released two critically acclaimed recordings and his recent jam-packed performance at New York’s famed “Birdland” demonstrated that his reach is far beyond the Windy City. 

Besides being consummate musicians, Alyssa and Paul are charming, wonderfully entertaining performers, and it is to our great benefit that they are also good friends. It’s going to be such fun having them onstage at Studio5 together! Click HERE to watch Alyssa sitting in with Paul recently at the Green Mill. By the way, rounding out the ensemble are organist, Dan Chase, guitarist Mike Allemana and drummer, Mikel Avery. It’s the A-Team, ladies and gentlemen, and we’re going to have a blast. We’ll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so come be part of the the studio audience. –SR

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Live at Studio5: HOWARD ALDEN / ANDY BROWN QUARTET
Jun
26
7:30 PM19:30

Live at Studio5: HOWARD ALDEN / ANDY BROWN QUARTET

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Howard Alden, guitar

Andy Brown, guitar

Joe Policastro, bass

Bob Rummage, drums

Most everyone who is a Chicago jazz fan would agree that in this city of wonderful guitarists, Andy Brown is among the finest. So when Andy said to me, "Steve, Howard Alden is the real deal -- when I play with him it's like getting a free lesson," I had to pay attention. New York-based musician Howard Alden really is an astounding talent. Throughout a long career he has played with all the major names in jazz, and he provided the guitar parts for Woody Allen's movie Sweet and Lowdown. Howard even taught Sean Penn how to play guitar for the film. Back in 2014, Howard and Andy played a jaw-dropping concert as a duo at the Whiskey Lounge to a packed house (an audience, I might add, peppered with many other fine Chicago guitarists) and I’ve been dying to get them back to our stage ever since. Studio5 should provide a great setting. Howard and Andy recently played an extended engagement at a club in Germany with their quartet, featuring bassist, Joe Policastro, and drummer, Bob Rummage. We are so fortunate to have that same swinging group perform for us. For a sample, click HERE to see them play Louisiana from an appearance a few years ago at the Green Mill. Yowser. Howard is not often in Chicago, and their appearance at Studio5 may be their only Chicago show together this year. So don’t think twice. Come, sit up close and drink it in. And if you’re a guitarist, you’re welcome for the lesson. Oh – as with many of our other shows, we’ll be recording this for broadcast on Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB. This will be fun on top of fun! –SR

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Live at Studio5: JERU
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: JERU

$18-22. Click HERE for tickets.

Art Davis, trumpet

Ted Hogarth, bari sax

Joe Policastro, bass

Mikel Avery, drums

Here comes one of my favorite topics. The 1950s was a creatively fertile time for jazz, as forms and structures were reimagined, genres blended and boundaries challenged. One of the innovations of that era which has stood the test of time and remains some of my favorite music ever is the piano-less quartet of Gerry Mulligan. Prior to Mulligan’s experiments, jazz groups traditionally had some sort of rhythmic or percussive element to provide pulse and drive, some sort of melodic instrument(s) to provide linear, melodic movement, and at least one chording instrument (capable of playing more than one note at a time) like a guitar or piano, to provide harmonic information and context. Most popular music still contains some version of these three instrumental components. Well, baritone saxophonist Gerry Mulligan conducted some seemingly simple, but musically radical, experiments using a group without a chording instrument: No piano, no guitar. His quartet was simply baritone saxophone, trumpet, bass and drums. So all the harmonic information – the chords, the key, the harmonic movement – was created simply by the combinations of notes made by the linear “pitched” instruments: The trumpet, bari sax and bass. Much of that harmonic information was actually just implied rather than stated, and the result was an open, airy, clear ensemble sound that, owing to the brilliant arrangements and artistry of the musicians, didn’t suffer from the lack of “chords”, but actually benefitted from their absence. This concept wasn’t new to music, by the way, but it certainly was new to mid-century jazz, and the results were beautiful. Several years ago, my friend, Joe Policastro did something for which I am very grateful: He created a group following the model of Gerry Mulligan’s original quartet, called Jeru. This ensemble, to me, is like a wonderful musical gift. I have worn out many records by that original Mulligan quartet, and I am so looking forward to hearing recreations of some of those classic pieces performed live on our Studio5 stage, along with some of the group’s own creations in the same style … with an ultra-talented quartet. If you’d like to hear Jeru, click HERE for some examples. Then I’ll see you at Studio5 for an evening of some of the most sublime music imaginable. We’ll be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so come be part of the audience. –SR

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Studio5 Fine Arts Series: "Let's Face The Music And Dance"
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: "Let's Face The Music And Dance"

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

An evening of improvised swing dancing to dance-themed jazz standards.

Petra van Nuis, vocals

Eric Schneider, reeds

Andy Brown, guitar

Dan DeLorenzo, bass

Bob Rummage, drums

Featuring swing dancing by Denise Williams and Tom Bachtell

OK, this one is going to be wildly fun, but requires a little ‘splainin’.  My dear friend (and wonderful vocalist) Petra van Nuis attended an event at Studio5 and walked away with a fabulous idea for an event for our Fine Arts Series. You may know about Petra’s great musical abilities, but you may not know that she is a former dancer. Our dance-centric theater inspired her to consider all the dance-themed jazz standards (e.g. Shall We Dance, Come Dance With Me, Happy Feet) and wondered what it would be like to perform those pieces with her band while a pair of extraordinary swing dancers simultaneously improvised dance around them. How cool is that? So that’s what we’re doing. Petra has designed a special dance-themed song list for us and will be joined by some of Chicago’s finest jazz musicians … and two great swing dancers, Denise Williams and Tom Bachtell, all improvising together. By the way, if Tom Bachtell’s name sounds familiar, it may be because in addition to being a wonderful dancer he is also a noted illustrator for the New Yorker. Whaaat? Doubly cool. We'll be sure to build a little time into the evening to chat with these interesting artists. And for you interested hoofers out there, for the final set of the evening, the dance floor will be open to the entire audience and you’ll all be invited to get on up and shake your tail feather to this great band. That’s right, it's audience participation of the most enjoyable variety. How can you miss this? May I just say that one of the delights of having our own theater is that we can take fun ideas like this and put them on stage? We so hope you enjoy it, and truly appreciate when you stop by to have fun with us. Thanks for supporting our flights of fancy. –SR

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Live at Studio5: ZVONIMIR TOT'S JAZZ STRINGTET
Apr
23
7:30 PM19:30

Live at Studio5: ZVONIMIR TOT'S JAZZ STRINGTET

$18-22. Click HERE for tickets.

In addition to having perhaps the coolest jazz name ever, Zvonimir Tot is a formidable guitarist and composer. Serbian born, educated in Budapest, and now a highly respected member of the Chicago music community, Zvonimir creates fascinating jazz that is undeniably influenced by his European roots. A couple of years ago Dr. Tot (he describes himself as holding “too many university degrees”) told me about a project he had been working on called a “Jazz Stringtet”, which consists of himself, a bass player, and a string quartet. It is true “chamber jazz”. Sound interesting? It is. It is also quite beautiful. Rather than trying to imagine it, click HERE to listen to Zvonimir’s Jazz Stringtet playing his composition, “Groove Me Wah”. Cool, huh? At the time that we spoke about this ensemble I was truly intrigued but had no appropriate venue for it. But I never forgot about it, and now that we have our beautiful new home in Studio5 this felt like a perfect fit. We will be recording this performance for Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB so come on out to be part of the audience for our broadcast. I’d love to share this uniquely beautiful music with you. –SR

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Live at Studio5: BEN PATERSON TRIO
Apr
9
7:30 PM19:30

Live at Studio5: BEN PATERSON TRIO

$18-22. Click HERE for tickets.

Ben Paterson, piano

Andy Brown, guitar

Clark Sommers, bass

I first met pianist Ben Paterson in 2015 when he came to the Whiskey Lounge to perform with Paul Marinaro and Clark Sommers. I had met Paul and Clark previously and was already a fan of both. But about a minute into their first set I knew I also wanted to be president of the Ben Paterson fan club. This guy is astounding. Ben combines a thoughtful approach with a deft touch, quick mind, deep soul, generous spirit, and beautiful melodic ideas that just spin and spin and spin. My oh my. Originally from Philadelphia, Ben spent years living and working – and delighting audiences – in Chicago before moving to New York a few years ago, where he now performs at all the premier clubs. Well, good news: Ben will be swinging through the Midwest on a brief tour and I can’t tell you how delighted I am that one of his stops will be on our stage at Studio5. He will be joined by guitarist, Andy Brown, and bassist, Clark Sommers, forming a stellar drummer-less piano trio in the mold of early Nat King Cole and Oscar Peterson. We will be recording this performance for an episode of Chicago Jazz Live on WDCB, so this is bound to be a very special night with a true rising star in the world of jazz. Do yourself a favor. Click HERE to hear Ben’s beautiful rendition of “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To”, and then when you have some time to browse, check out his website by clicking HERE. See? I know. I wasn’t kidding, right? See you there. –SR

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Studio5 Fine Arts Series: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET

Click HERE for tickets. $22 general / $16 students & seniors

Chicago Repertory Ballet brings its hallmark contemporary style to Studio5. CRB's appearance will feature excerpts from their Spring performance series. Works will include Artistic Director Wade Schaaf's The Four Seasons Suite, choreographic competition winner Tenley Dorrill's beautiful work, Still Life, and Schaaf's most recent piece, A Symphony for Hope. See this young company for its first-ever appearance at Studio5 as part of our 2017 Fine Arts Series! To learn more about CRB, visit their website by clicking HERE.

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Studio5 Fine Arts Series: ELEMENTS CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Feb
25
8:00 PM20:00

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: ELEMENTS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

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General:$22 • Students (w/ID) & Seniors (65+):$16

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Join us for the first performance in our 2017 "Studio5 Fine Arts Series" as we welcome ELEMENTS CONTEMPORARY BALLET.

The program will include a World Premiere by Artistic Director Mike Gosney as well as exclusive work by Princess Grace Award winner James Gregg. 

Zodiac (working title) World Premiere by Artistic Director Mike Gosney: Taking inspiration from his studies as an astrologer, Gosney utilizes atmospheric music and symphonic remixes to paint a rich, moving portrait of the spiraling "dream within a dream" that is life. Music by Halcyon Fields, David Lang, Grace Davidson, and remixes of Max Richter. The Misfortunate Beauty of Joe Danek, by guest choreographer James Gregg: Gregg, a 2016 Princess Grace Choreography Fellow, creates a touching pastoral to music by Canadian folk artist Chris Garneau in which three lovers weave in and out of each other's lives. The River, by resident choreographer Joseph Caruana: In this 2012 work, songs by Ugandan musician Geoffrey Oryema provide a hypnotic undercurrent for four vignettes revealing the individual struggles humans face with inevitable change. For a video clip of The River, click HERE.

Tickets are available by clicking HERE.

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Live at Studio5 Jazz: TAMMY McCANN & MIKE ALLEMANA
Feb
12
7:30 PM19:30

Live at Studio5 Jazz: TAMMY McCANN & MIKE ALLEMANA

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$18-$22. Click HERE for tickets.

A perfect pre-Valentine's date night!

For the past four years, the Chicago Tribune has named Tammy McCann “Best Jazz Vocal Performance”, for very good reason. She is an internationally recognized jazz vocalist whose powerful, sultry, and emotionally charged voice paints pictures and tells stories by merging classical vocal technique and gospel aesthetic with jazz to create a sound that is completely her own. Joining Tammy will be Mike Allemana – a phenomenal musician who is on anyone’s short list of favorite Chicago guitarists. These two spectacular artists will be performing intimate duets, in the intimate setting of Studio5, just in time for Valentine’s Day. This will be so much fun! We are very excited to be kicking off our 2017 Live at Studio5 jazz season in our new space, with fabulous sound and lighting, a full bar, lots of free parking, and your choice of theater or cabaret seating. And of course we’ll be recording our show for future broadcast on our radio show, Chicago Jazz Live, Tuesday nights on WDCB!

The Tribune’s Howard Reich says Tammy is "the next great voice coming out of Chicago."  But don’t take his – or my – word for it: Click HERE to watch her absolutely tear down the house with her version of “At Last”. Oh my.

See you there. –SR

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