Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD & PAUL MARINARO
Jun
30
8:00 pm20:00

Live at Studio5: ALYSSA ALLGOOD & PAUL MARINARO

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

 


Live at Studio5: HOWARD ALDEN / ANDY BROWN QUARTET
Jun
26
7:30 pm19:30

Live at Studio5: HOWARD ALDEN / ANDY BROWN QUARTET

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

Live at Studio5: JERU
May
12
8:00 pm20:00

Live at Studio5: JERU

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

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"

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

Live at Studio5: ZVONIMIR TOT'S JAZZ STRINGTET
Apr
23
7:30 pm19:30

Live at Studio5: ZVONIMIR TOT'S JAZZ STRINGTET

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

Live at Studio5: BEN PATERSON TRIO
Apr
9
7:30 pm19:30

Live at Studio5: BEN PATERSON TRIO

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

$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

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

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET
Apr
8
8:00 pm20:00

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

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.

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

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: ELEMENTS CONTEMPORARY BALLET
Feb
25
8:00 pm20:00

Studio5 Fine Arts Series: ELEMENTS CONTEMPORARY BALLET

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

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

Click HERE for tickets

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.

Live at Studio5 Jazz: TAMMY McCANN & MIKE ALLEMANA
Feb
12
7:30 pm19:30

Live at Studio5 Jazz: TAMMY McCANN & MIKE ALLEMANA

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston)

 

$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

Mr. Olsen's Holiday Party
Dec
30
Jan 1

Mr. Olsen's Holiday Party

  • Studio5

TWO SHOWS: DECEMBER 30 AND 31 @ 8PM

Click HERE for tickets.

THE VIC AND PAUL AND DANA SHOW PRESENTS A HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA!

Grown-up comedy! Adult beverages! Live music! The Mr. Olsen Dancers! Maybe even snow! Ring in the new year with a raucous good time at Studio5. From the legendary Practical Theatre Company, improvisational comedy veterans Victoria Zielinski, Paul Barrosse and Dana Olsen reunite in a sketch comedy/variety show that will swing you into 2017. Joining the cast will be the Practical Theatre's longtime musical director, Steve Rashid, with Rockin' Ronny Crawford on the skins, Jim Cox on bass, and Don Stiernberg on every stringed instrument imaginable. As if that wasn't enough, the next generation will also be representing, yo, adding comedy by stand-up artist Emilia Barrosse and Giggle Break's own Daniel Rashid, along with music by the incredible Eva B. Ross with drummer, Robert Rashid. And did I mention the Mr. Olsen Dancers?? Oh, it's a family affair, alright, and this New Year's, everyone is family!

There will be shows two nights:

December 30th: Just the comedy/variety show

December 31st: The comedy/variety show (including light food) followed by live music by the Studio5 All-Stars as we open up the dance floor and boogie into the New Year!

Studio5 is Evanston's new, hip, intimate performing arts venue, featuring comfortable seating, excellent sight lines, state of the art sound and lighting, and acres of free parking. We will have a cash bar for both evenings.

Click HERE for tickets.

Live at Studio5: The Lucy Smith Quartet CD Release
Dec
4
7:30 pm19:30

Live at Studio5: The Lucy Smith Quartet CD Release

  • Studio5

Lucy Smith, vocals

Amr Marcin Fahmy, piano 

Bryan Doherty, bass 

Marcus Evans, drums 

Greg Ward, alto sax (1st set only)

Tickets are $15, available HERE.

The wonderfully soulful singer, Lucy Smith, is celebrating the release of her new Holiday CD, "Singing Christmas", with us in this WDCB co-sponsored event! Lucy is a Chicago-based singer, composer, bandleader and producer. Her quartet frequents the Chicago jazz scene and her musical collaborations include works for theatre, film and spoken word productions. Lucy was featured at the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival. She is the music director for Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian’s “Jazz at Four” service and performs often for organizations working on social and economic justice issues. Listen to excerpts from "Singing Christmas" by clicking HERE. Lucy's new CD is designed to "bring jazz, funk and joy to holiday classics old and new." Let's swing in the Holidays together! Purchase tickets HERE.

LIVE AT STUDIO5: The Don Stiernberg Trio
Nov
11
8:00 pm20:00

LIVE AT STUDIO5: The Don Stiernberg Trio

  • Studio5

For tickets click HERE.

Don Stiernberg, mandolin

Any Brown, guitar

Mark Sonksen, bass

Internationally renowned master of the jazz mandolin, Don Stiernberg, will be appearing for a special show at Studio5 with his incredible trio on November 11th. Though Don travels far and wide spreading musical joy, we are fortunate that he calls Chicago home, and are thrilled he will be the first performer in our "Live at Studio5" jazz series. 

While still in his teens, Don learned to play the mandolin from the innovative and influential virtuoso Jethro Burns. Jethro referred to Don as his "graduate student", hired him to play in his band, and guided him to a career as a professional musician which has already lasted for decades. A leading exponent of jazz mandolin style, Don has nine recording projects of his own and appears on many others by a variety of artists in all styles. Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich recently called Don "one of the world's leading jazz mandolin virtuosos." [Read the entire article HERE.]

Come grab a drink, sit back and enjoy an entertaining evening in our new, intimate performing arts theater, with comfortable raised seating, state of the art lighting and sound, and ample free parking. Join us! Seating is limited. Tickets are $20, available at the door or through Brown Paper Tickets by clicking HERE. Doors open at 7:30.

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #3: Children's Concert with Jim Gill!
Oct
2
3:00 pm15:00

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #3: Children's Concert with Jim Gill!

Completing our Studio5 opening weekend festivities will be a concert for children and their families by the multiple award-winning performer, Jim Gill. This guy is brilliant. If you have young children who have attended Dance Center Evanston, at some point they have undoubtedly danced to a Jim Gill song. Jim has spent his career developing something he calls "music-play", which uses music as a vehicle to engage children and their caregivers in wordplay, movement, and overall fun. Jim has a masters degree in early childhood development and travels the country doing concerts for families and workshops for teachers. His shows are a pure delight. See Jim's website HERE. Jim's new CD, "Vote For Jim Gill", features a campaign speech ... turned into a hilarious rhyming movement game. See the video HERE . And for another bit of Jim Gill silliness, click HERE. Fun fact: October 2nd is Jim Gill's birthday! Let's help Jim blow out his candles!

Tickets are $5, available at the door. 

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #2: Music by The Fat Babies!
Oct
1
7:30 pm19:30

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #2: Music by The Fat Babies!

Bring on the Fat Babies, the 7-piece classic jazz band that specializes in the music of the 1920s and 30s! The Chicago-based Fat Babies tour regularly, so we are thrilled they will be able to join us for our opening weekend. This group is almost too much fun. Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune called The Fat Babies "a band to be treasured." Come and tap your feet as the exciting sound of authentic early jazz washes over you. And if you can't stay seated, the dance floor will be open! In fact, from 7:30-8:00 we will be offering swing dance lessons for anyone who wants to brush up – or warm up – before the band kicks into high gear. And in case you're wondering, the band name comes from the old saying, "They're hotter than a fat baby." What could be more fun than this?

Check out the Fat Babies website HERE.

Tickets are $5, available at the door.

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #1: Cut the ribbon, then DANCE!
Sep
30
7:00 pm19:00

Studio5 Grand Opening! Event #1: Cut the ribbon, then DANCE!

To kick off the grand opening weekend of Studio5, we are honored to have Evanston Mayor Elizabeth Tisdahl cut the ribbon on our beautiful new theater, immediately followed by dance performances by Evanston Dance Ensemble, enidsmithdance, Be the Groove, Elements Contemporary Ballet, Glenn Leslie's Classic Jazz & Tap Productions, Cartier Collective, Megan Biolsi, Christina Ernst, and Jump Rhythm Jazz Project founder Billy Siegenfeld. It will be a delightful sampler of different styles of dance, showcasing some of the extraordinary talent in our community, perfect for our opening performance!

Tickets are $5, available at the door.

Paul Marinaro Quintet in Concert at Studio5
Jul
21
8:00 pm20:00

Paul Marinaro Quintet in Concert at Studio5

  • Studio5 at Dance Center Evanston

It's Paul's birthday!

Extraordinary jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro presents the inaugural music event at Evanston's newest arts venue, Studio5. Easy to reach on the North Shore with loads of free parking!

Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune remarked that Paul is "a superb singer ... one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today." Paul will be performing with his quintet in an intimate concert setting -- celebrating his birthday! -- with exquisite acoustics and excellent sight lines. See him at Studio5 ahead of his premiere appearance at New York's famed Birdland this Fall.

The grand opening of Studio5 isn't scheduled until October 2016, but you can get a sneak peek of this beautiful new performing space and see a concert by a true rising star in Chicago's jazz elite.

Click HERE to purchase tickets. General seating. Doors will open at 7:30. Complimentary beer and wine will be served.

This concert is part of Steve Rashid's "Pop-up Jazz Summer Series". To learn more about this series, click HERE.