Cerqua Rivera: Inside/Out with American Catracho
Jun
20
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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Company cofounder and Artistic Director Wilfredo Rivera launched American Catracho in 2016 to explore the experience of an immigrant's journey to the US. Wilfredo himself immigrated from Honduras as a teenager. In 2016, part 1 focused on the decision to leave home and journey to a new place. In 2017, part 2 focused on the first 200 steps in a new land. In 2018, we turn to settling in a new place and making it home.

The Cerqua Rivera dance ensemble and members of their jazz band will perform the work in progress for you. You will hear from the choreographer and composer making the piece, in this case company cofounders Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua. American Catracho includes a large group of contributors, and they'll share how they're incorporating everything from poetry to recent headlines in this new work. You will play an important role too, sharing your thoughts and input about the themes and the art in the making. They may even improvise on the spot to incorporate your ideas!

 

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Live at Studio5: KINGS OF THE LOBBY
May
25
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: KINGS OF THE LOBBY

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Chris Madsen, tenor sax and arrangements
Brandon Hunt, guitar
Sean Van Dril, keyboard
Andrew Vogt, bass
Zach Marks, drums

Kings of the Lobby is a jazz/funk band founded in 2015 by Chicago saxophonist Chris Madsen. The band was created in the mold of the classic Brecker Brothers band but has carved out a niche performing Madsens arrangements of pop standards from the 70s through the 90s. Equally at home playing soft grooves and intense funk, the Kings bring jazz flare to some of pop musics finest songs by artists like Prince, David Bowie, and Brian McKnight.

The Kings have headlined at such venues as Andys Jazz Club, the Fulton Street Collective, Reggies music joint, Martyrs, and UICs Tuesdays at One concert series, and the group boasts some of Chicagos very finest musicians. Their debut album is available for streaming and purchase on most standard platforms. 

Click on the video for a sample of the Kings!

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG
May
18
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: SARAH MARIE YOUNG

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Sarah Marie Young, vocal
Stu Mindeman, piano
Andrew Vogt, bass
Greg Artry, drums

Sarah performed at Studio5 in 2017 and I can't tell you how many times we've been asked when she will be returning. We are delighted to welcome her back. 

She is an award winning singer, songwriter and musician who 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 performed it at The Montreux Jazz Festival in 2012. After being signed by the dutch label Snip Records in 2014, Sarah 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.

You should also know Sarah will be starring in a new play at The Apollo Theater in Chicago called "Djembe! The Show", starting in June. It’s an interactive musical that spans many different musical styles and tells a powerful and sometimes cruel history of the Djembe from West Africa to the western world.  Sarah's Studio5 performance will be essentially her final show for some months before singing in this musical 8 times a week! 

Click on a video to watch Sarah perform.

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 at 7:30.

 

 

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BALLET NOW: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET and ELEMENTS BALLET
May
12
8:00 PM20:00

BALLET NOW: CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET and ELEMENTS BALLET

General:$25 • Students (w/ID) & Seniors (65+):$18

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ELEMENTS BALLET: Mike Gosney, Artistic Director / Joe Caruana, Assistant Director
CHICAGO REPERTORY BALLET:  Wade Schaaf, Artistic Director

Studio5 is delighted to present two of Chicagos most innovative contemporary ballet companies in our intimate theater, for one night only. Sharing the program will be Chicago Repertory Ballet and Elements Ballet, bringing performances that have been described as Beautiful, lush, exciting and dramatic.  

Elements Ballet presents new works in the Neo-Classical vein with impressive technicality and grace. The company has created a repertory of original contemporary ballets and unique collaborative productions with Chicago-based artists and organizations. Entering its 11th season, Elements Ballet is known for its ability to engage audiences with passionate dancing, innovative choreography, and transcendent theatrical events.

Chicago Repertory Ballet's motto is Dance that Defies Labels.  Their work has been described as being committed to narrative, to the story-telling traditionally synonymous with ballet itself. Now in its 6th season, you can expect to see ambitious choreography that mixes classical and contemporary vocabulary. 

The night will have special meaning as Megan Walsh, after ten years of dancing with Elements Ballet, will be retiring.  Megan got her start as a student at Dance Center Evanston, and we are thrilled to be there for her final performance.  

Tickets will go fast, so reserve your seats online early. Tickets are available HERE.

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

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Live at Studio5: THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ OCTET FEATURING DEE ALEXANDER
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: THE METROPOLITAN JAZZ OCTET FEATURING DEE ALEXANDER

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

John Kornegay, alto sax
Bill Overton, tenor sax
Peter Brusen, baritone sax
Doug Scharf, trumpet
Russ Phillips, trombone
Bob Sutter, piano
Jason Ellis, acoustic bass
Darren Scorza, drums
Special Guest: Dee Alexander, vocal

The Metropolitan Jazz Octet (MJO) is the reincarnation of a group  that was created in the 1950’s by saxophonist/arranger Tom Hilliard, who wrote many of the arrangements for this group.  The original group, led by Hilliard, recorded an album in 1959 called “The Legend of Bix”, a tribute to the artistry of cornetist/composer Bix Beiderbecke. As a professor at DePaul University School of Music in the 1970’s, Hilliard led the jazz band and taught a jazz arranging course. Several of the current MJO musicians were students of Hilliard’s at De Paul. 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 to read through these arrangements over a series of rehearsals at Andy’s Music, on the northwest side. The group played a concert at Roosevelt University School of Music featuring the music from Tom Hilliard’s album “The Legend of Bix”, as well as several private functions. Over time, the group has added a number of new compositions and arrangements  to their repertoire, written by Jim Gailloreto, Doug Scharf, John Kornegay and by their friend, Andy Cohn. 

The group has invited acclaimed vocalist Dee Alexander to share the stage with them at Studio5,  and will be premiering three new arrangements written for Ms. Alexander and the MJO, for this 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 for cocktails at 7:30.

 

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Live at Studio5: FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT
May
5
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: FUMÉE GYPSY PROJECT

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

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

Christy Bennett discovered the music of Django Reinhardt as a child and kept returning to gypsy jazz as a favored genre until finally forming Fumée several years ago to perform Django’s music with her own arrangements. Django, of course, was an instrumentalist who composed instrumental pieces, but during Django’s lifetime lyrics were written to many of Django’s tunes. As a vocalist, Christy’s love of Django’s music and her interest in performing it turned into quite a research project as she set out to find the original lyrics to as many of Django’s songs as possible. Now several years on, she believes she has assembled the entire catalog, which she has recorded with Fumée on a beautiful new CD, “Lost Lyrics”. Christy has a lovely, sweet, tuneful voice and she has surrounded herself with a superb collection of musicians to play in a style consistent with Django’s own bands. This will be Fumée’s first appearance at Studio5. We are excited to hear the group and we look forward to chatting with Christy about the process of creating this wonderful recording.

Click on the video to hear a cut from "Lost Lyrics".

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: ROSE COLELLA
Apr
13
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ROSE COLELLA

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Rose Colella, vocal
Dan Murphy, piano
Ashley Summers, bass
Dana Hall, drums

Popular Chicago vocalist Rose Colella performs regularly at clubs including The Jazz Showcase and The Green Mill alongside the city’s finest musicians. She has performed at NYC’s Feinstein’s/54 Below and has been featured in the New York Times.

Besides being a fine singer, Rose has a genuine jazz pedigree. Her grandmother was Lola Bard, a 1930s vocalist who performed and recorded with Bobby Hackett and The Original Dixieland Jazz Band (the ODJB, by the way, had made the very first jazz recordings in 1917!). Rose has affectionately named her production company after her grandmother and performs some of Lola’s material in her shows. We are eager to welcome Rose for her debut performance at Studio5. She will be joined by pianist Dan Murphy, bassist Ashley Summers, and drummer Dana Hall. This should be a thoroughly entertaining evening. I hope you can join us.

Click on the video to hear Rose performing "You Made Me Love You" at New York's Metropolitan Room.

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID - TRIBUTE TO MOSE ALLISON
Apr
6
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: STEVE RASHID - TRIBUTE TO MOSE ALLISON

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Steve Rashid, piano/vocal
Don Stiernberg, guitar/mandolin
Jim Cox, bass
Robert Rashid, drums

I decided to become a musician as a child when I first heard Louis Armstrong’s trumpet. That sound moved me so profoundly and so mysteriously; it was as if someone had just handed me a great secret and I needed to share it with everyone. Truly, from that moment I never looked back and never questioned my career choice. As a youngster, my subsequent path of musical discoveries wound through many styles and artists. Another early influence was Mose Allison. The clever, bluesy/jazzy pianist, songwriter and singer spoke directly to me through his wry wit and clean melodic sense. In fact, the first song I figured out how to play on the piano from listening to a recording was Mose’s “V-8 Ford Blues.” Mose’s most well known pieces, like “Your Mind’s On Vacation” and “Everybody Cryin’ Mercy”, through his more obscure cuts, made me smile, and made me think. Each was like a little short story with well drawn characters. Years later I would thrill to be in the audience for his performances, and when I was brave enough, chat with him during the breaks (he was soft-spoken and sweet). One of my career highlights was opening for Mose one night at “Fedora’s” (a club on Wells Street with an unfortunately short life … extra points if you remember that place!). We lost Mose at the age of 89 in 2016, and whenever I get the chance I like to perform his music, partly because it’s so much fun, and partly in order to be another person helping insure that Mose’s music remains a living expression. I am excited to share his music with our audience at Studio5. I will be joined by three of my all-time favorite people: Don Stiernberg (guitar/mandolin), Jim Cox (bass) and my son, Robert Rashid (drums). Let’s celebrate Mose!

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 at 7:30.

Click on the video for a short sample!

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Live at Studio5: HOWARD LEVY & ENIDSMITHDANCE - Modern Jazz meets Modern Dance
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: HOWARD LEVY & ENIDSMITHDANCE - Modern Jazz meets Modern Dance

$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Howard Levy, piano & harmonica

Dancers:
Enid Smith
Kasha Hilton
Rachel Molinaro
Mary O'Rourke

MODERN JAZZ MEETS MODERN DANCE

Multiple Grammy Award winning musician Howard Levy has developed a truly unique event in conjunction with innovative modern dancer (and Dance Center Evanston faculty member) Enid Smith. This performance will feature a collection of movement solos & duets by enidsmithdance accompanied by Howard's original compositions. Enid Smith is a former member of the Merce Cunningham 2nd Company and currently dances in Chicago with Lucky Plush and Khecari. Howard Levy is a highly sought-after musician who has worked with artists ranging from Bela Fleck to Paul Simon and Donald Fagan.

Both Howard and Enid are utterly spectacular and we can't wait to see what their partnership produces. This performance -- modern jazz meets modern dance -- speaks to both of our obvious loves at Studio5, and we hope you'll join us for what promises to be an unforgettable evening. You won't see this ANYWHERE else.

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 at 7:30.

Here's a sample of what you will hear and see!

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Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN QUARTET
Feb
23
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: ANDY BROWN QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Andy Brown, guitar

Jeremy Kahn, piano

Joe Policastro, bass

Phil Gratteau, drums

THE MASTER OF THE JAZZ GUITAR – AND THE INTERNET – RETURNS!

If you have followed this jazz series or its predecessor at the Whiskey Lounge you will be familiar with Andy Brown. He’s one of the most sought-after jazz guitarists in the city, and for all the right reasons. Andy is a masterful player and a great guy – it’s no wonder so many people want him in their lineup, and as a result he has appeared on our stage many times. Well, Andy is just at home leading a band as he is being a sideman, and occasionally we are lucky to have him show up at our place in a group that he fronts. That is the case for this special performance. It’s become rarer for jazz groups to maintain a steady personnel, but for the past several years this quartet has held a weekly engagement at Andy’s Jazz Club in Chicago. The result is a tight-knit, straight-ahead groovy ensemble that is absolutely infectious. The other fellows (Jeremy Kahn, Joe Policastro & Phil Gratteau) are all great players and long-time friends … but we’ve never had them all together at Studio5 in this context. This should be a blast. Oh – you may be wondering why I referred to Andy as the master of the jazz guitar AND the internet. Well, several years ago he played a solo concert for us at the Whiskey Lounge and the YouTube video from that show went absolutely jazz-viral. In fact, if you google “jazz guitar”, the first video that shows up is Andy’s show from the Whiskey Lounge, currently at over 1.6 million views! Wow! How can all those people be wrong? They’re not! Click on the video below to watch it, and then head over to Studio5 to hear him in person!

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: THE CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: THE CHICAGO CELLAR BOYS

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Andy Schumm - cornet, clarinet, tenor sax
John Otto - clarinet, alto sax
John Donatowicz - banjo, guitar
Paul Asaro - piano, vocals
Dave Bock - tuba

It’s Valentine’s week! So skip the teddy bear and give your special someone the gift of time traveling back to the 1920s for an evening of hot jazz at Studio5 with The Chicago Cellar Boys. We’re even opening the dance floor, so come, enjoy the music … and if you feel like cutting a rug, the floor is all yours.

I can’t tell you how excited I am to have this band pay us a visit at Studio5. The Chicago Cellar Boys is a new spinoff of Chicago’s legendary Fat Babies, that hot eight-piece 1920s group that plays every week at the Green Mill. The Fat Babies has appeared at Studio5 a couple of times, and each time the crowd goes absolutely nuts for them. Fat Babies cornetist Andy Schumm has recently organized a leaner, quintet version of the group — kind of a Fat Babies Slim (hahahaha I am so funny) — which has enjoyed a regular Sunday night engagement at the Honky Tonk BBQ in Pilsen this past year. This will mark The Chicago Cellar Boys’ first show at Studio5. The fellows in this band are deeply committed to authentic performances of hot 1920s and 1930s jazz, and by that I don’t mean just playing the repertoire of the era with appropriate tempos, vocabulary, etc., I also mean playing the music with the same passion, fire and daring that the original artists had. In the hands of The Cellar Boys, this nearly century-old music is brand new again, and it balances right on the edge of being dangerous. Hearing it live and up close, one can easily imagine why older generations found this early jazz scandalous. Them damned youngsters! It’s like time-traveling, and I can’t get enough of it. It’s so much fun. And not only will the music be hot, we will open up the dance floor for anyone who can’t sit still. BTW, even if you don’t want to dance, you know somebody will (Studio5 is housed in a dance center, after all), and watching the hoofers is all part of the fun. Come join us! I’ll be the guy grinning.

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 at 7:30.

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Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET
Feb
2
8:00 PM20:00

Live at Studio5: DON STIERNBERG QUARTET

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$20-25. Click HERE for tickets.

Don Stiernberg, mandolin

Neal Alger, guitar

Jim Cox, bass

Phil Gratteau, drums

World-renowned master of the jazz mandolin, Don Stiernberg, returns to Studio5 with an all-star group of Chicago musicians. 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, over 150 years ago). With a friendship that spans more decades than either of us cares to count, Don's music still gives me great joy. And I’m not the only one who loves to hear Don play. The last time Don’s quartet performed at Studio5 a woman grabbed my arm on her way out the door and said, “When will they be back? I just love them!” Well, ma’am, mark it on your calendar. Don will once again be joined by three other extraordinary musicians: Guitarist Neal Alger, bassist Jim Cox, and drummer Phil Gratteau round out the group. These guys are all superb, world-class musicians and we are fortunate that they all call Chicago home. By the way, they’ve also been friends for many years, and they enjoy making each other laugh … so the evening is bound to be both fun AND funny. 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

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

Click on the video below to watch Don and his quartet from a previous appearance at Studio5.

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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

Click HERE to purchase your tickets in advance!

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

Click HERE to purchase tickets in advance

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

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

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