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Live at Studio5: CLARK SOMMERS featuring SARAH MARIE YOUNG

  • Studio5 (in Dance Center Evanston) 1934 West Dempster Street Evanston, IL, 60202 United States (map)

$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

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