We capture our Live at Studio5 performances in broadcast quality audio/video. Below are some bite-sized highlights and a link to our complete archive — over 175 full shows! Read more about Live at Studio5 on our About page.
Here’s a sample from our most recent show!
Live at Studio5: The Bobby Lewis Quintet
Pavane (G. Faure) & Felicidade (A. Jobim)
Performed Sep 6, 2019 by
Bobby Lewis, trumpet
Pat Mallinger, sax
Jeremy Kahn, piano
Larry Gray, bass
Jeff Stitely, drums
Staff-picked excerpts from previous shows
Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella & Elaine Dame – Tribute to Nancy Wilson
“Teach Me Tonight” by Nancy Wilson
Performed Jun 28 2019
Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella, Elaine Dame - vocals
Dan Murphy - piano
Ashley Summers - bass
Chris Baker - drums
Chris Madsen - sax
A trio of great Chicago jazz singers, Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella and Elaine Dame celebrate the five-decade career of one of America’s most treasured “song stylists”, Nancy Wilson. Revered by millions around the world and labeled a “complete entertainer”, Wilson recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy Awards. Her soulful style and powerful stage presence catapulted her to fame in many genres including not only jazz, but blues, R&B and pop.
Alyssa Allgood, Rose Colella and Elaine Dame are no strangers to the followers of our series. They are each formidable vocal talents and compelling performers, with significant histories on stages in Chicago clubs and around the country. It turns out they are also good friends, and their joyous onstage chemistry is infectious. This talented trio commemorates Nancy Wilson’s storied career in an evening of exquisite melodies and musical storytelling.
Metropolitan Jazz Octet w/Dee Alexander
“Things Are Looking Up” — celebrating the music of Billie Holiday
Performed Jul 25 2018
John Kornegay - alto sax
Jim Gailloreto - tenor sax
Peter Brusen - baritone sax
Doug Scharf - trumpet
Russ Phillips - trombone
Bob Sutter - piano
Doug Bistrow - bass
Bob Rummage - drums
special guest, Dee Alexander - vocals
Strings: Wendy Benner, Sarah Kim, Jeff Yang, Michéle Lekas, Carmen Kassinger, Mark Agnor
The Metropolitan Jazz Octet (MJO) is the reawakening of a group that was created in the 1950s by saxophonist/arranger Tom Hilliard (1930-2006). When Hilliard’s health started to decline, he left the MJO library to his former student, Jim Gailloreto. In 2014 Gailloreto organized a group of musicians (including other former Hilliard students) to read through the charts and create a new iteration of Hilliard’s group. In early 2018 the MJO gave a riveting performance at Studio5 to a packed house. We are excited to welcome them back.
The MJO partners here with dynamic jazz vocalist Dee Alexander – and a string section! – to perform music from their new album, "It’s Too Hot For Words", a reimagining of classic Billie Holiday songs. 2019 is the 60th anniversary of Billie Holiday’s passing, making this project all the more significant and meaningful.
The Ben Lewis Trio
“Time After Time”
Performed Apr 26 2019
Ben Lewis - piano
Jeremiah Hunt - bass
Jon Deitemyer - drums
It's all about time ...
The brilliant pianist, Ben Lewis, made a return trip to our stage in a special concert about “Time” … exploring its dynamic connection to our lives through music. Ben explored how music has the power to slow time down, to wrap us in a singular moment, or magically transport us back to some distant memory. There are so many wonderful songs that evoke the sense of bewilderment we sometimes feel with the passage of time, and others that playfully remind us to appreciate the moments we should treasure.
Howard Reich (Chicago Tribune) says his “shimmering pianism” and “go-for-broke energy” are just part of what give Lewis such a singular voice.