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On this episode Mike talks about shows this week featuring LePercolateur performing at Untitled, Paul Marinaro at the Jazz Showcase, The Mama Dig Down Brass Band at the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Lara Driscoll and Alyssa Allgood
at the 210 Restaurant & Live Music Lounge and the
DUCHESS Trio at Winter's Jazz Club.
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Anne Burnell

Anne performs at festivals and clubs throughout the Midwest including
the Taste of Chicago, Andy's Jazz Club, Tortoise Club and many other venues.

Anne Burnell and Mark Burnell
with Henry Johnson
February 24, 2017
Skokie Theatre
7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 

CRY ME A RIVER - A JULIE LONDON TRIBUTE Anne Burnell sings the songs of Julie London. with music director and pianist Mark Burnell and guitarist Henry Johnson for this intimate evening of music. Tickets: $25
Paul Marinaro
Chicago-based jazz vocalist Paul Marinaro, dubbed as having "one of the most beautiful vocal instruments in the business today" by Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune, is a modern classic. Paul has quickly made a name for himself, becoming one of the most in-demand and respected male vocalists, and taking "his place among the top five male jazz singers active today." (Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene)

Jazz Showcase
February 16th-19th
8pm & 10pm

Rhythm Rockets
The Rhythm Rockets have a song repertoire' that pays tribute to the women who were the pioneers of Rhythm & Blues, a style of music that was dominated by men!  The show concentrates on the influential women who dominated the charts during the 1940's, 1950's and 1960's. Some of the great artists covered in their song books are Dinah Washington, Ruth Brown, Etta James, Peggy Lee, Annie Laurie, Ella Mae Morse, Big Maybelle Smith, Nina Simone, Ella Johnson and more  

Wednesday March 8, 2017
Time of Performance
Untitled Supper Club
111 W Kinzie, Chicago, IL
Saturday March 11, 2017
Frankie's Blue Room
16 W Chicago Ave, Naperville, IL

Saturday April 15, 2017
Racine Theater Guild
2519 Northwestern Ave., Racine, WI 
The Rhythm Rockets return to Evanston at one of Chicagoland's mainstays of Jazz music. Come enjoy a fine meal, hang out at the bar, and dig the Swingin' sounds of 1940's & 1950's Swing, Jazz, Rhythm & Blues. No cover charge, valet parking available, table reservations are encouraged in advance.

Stephanie Browning

"This level of musical imagination, tonal control and interpretive savvy rarely meet in the work of a single artist." -Howard Reich, The Chicago Tribune.

Peninsula Hotel Chicago
108 E Superior St, Chicago

Fri & Sat Nights

Skinny Williams 

Williams is one of the industry's most respected and in-demand players, with critics comparing him to such greats as Stanley Turrentine, Junior Walker, Grover Washington Jr. and Boney James. 

Through his noteworthy combination of earthy grooves and soulful improvisations, Williams has earned both critical acclaim and mainstream appreciation.

Pinstripes Oakbrook
February 24th 7:30pm  
7 Oakbrook Center Mall Oakbrook IL 
Peter Magadini

Professional drummer, educator, producer & author Pete(r) Magadini has played for several renowned musicians and artists including: Diana Ross, George Duke, Bobbie Gentry, Mose Allison, Sonny Stitt, Chet Baker, The Don Ellis Band plus the John Handy Quintet


Author of Five Books Including 
Polyrhythms the Musicians Guide & 
  Polyrhythms for Drumset

Study with Pete
Pete Magadini currently offers private instruction to drummers in Chicago and the adjoining states. Located in downtown Chicago's South Loop. Parking is not a problem.

Intermediate and advanced levels
(w. focus on playing time, technique, Moeller system, reading and chart reading (through the years have developed a system to bring chart reading up 100% in some cases to major studio session work levels) also emphasis on independence, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and West African rhythms. Plus Polyrhythmic  - hi hat & hand & foot coordination and >more advanced > Polymeter and Polyrhythmic techniques and soloing & phrasing in all styles.

Contact or visit his Website Here

Marc Pompe
Pianist / Vocalist

Madison Vine Wines - Thursdays - 6pm - 8pm

1349 W. Madison St. Chicago 312-526-3857

Marc Pompe began performing around Rush Street as a solo piano/vocal in the mid fiftys and was influenced by the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Vocal influences include Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen Mc Crae and Jon Hendricks.

Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow celebrates the release of their new album on the Origin record label. 
The Main Stem Orchestra
The Main Stem Orchestra is a 14-piece band on a mission to recreate the great swing music from the years 1935 through 1945. The group performs big band dance music that was born on the heels of the early traditional jazz bands, but predates the rise of Bebop in the late 1940's.

Green Mill Jazz Club
Thursdays - 9pm-1am
March 9th & 23rd

Tom Muellner - Pianist
Tommy Muellner is a respected Chicagoland jazz pianist and composer. He has received critical acclaim from aficionados and statesmen throughout the jazz world for his piano acumen and creativity.

Mondays - 9pm-1am
Serbian Village Jazz Jam Session
3144 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago 

Bobby Lewis

Considered a master trumpeter/flugelhorn player, Lewis is famous for his lyrical style and warm sound, especially on the flugelhorn. He was musical director and featured soloist with Peggy Lee.  His "played with" list includes: the Jack Teagarden Sextet, Claude Thornhill, Tex Beneke and the Modernaires, Benny Carter, Marion McPartland, Henry Mancini, Curtis Mayfield, and Jerry Butler, and accompanied some of the greatest singers in jazz history including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Judy Garland, Mel Torme, Sammy Davis Jr., Maureen McGovern, and Harry Belafonte. Bobby has released 11 recordings on compact disc as a leader and has been a top Chicago recording musician with over 7,500 recording credits including TV and radio commercials, movie scores, and with numerous recording artists.

Jazz Showcase
Bobby Lewis Jazz Quintet.
w/John Moulder
March 8th 
Chi Town Fest at the Jazz Showcase
Andy's Jazz Club
11 E. Hubbard, Chicago
March 10th Bobby Lewis Quintet
March 11th Bobby Lewis Quartet 
Jazz Showcase
Bobby Lewis Jazz Quintet
May 4-7, 2017
8 & 10 pm nightly 4pm matinee Sunday
Plymouth Ct, Chicago , IL
Ty Cooper -  Vocalist

A global performer, Cooper has sung in locales as varied as Caesar's in Las Vegas, Chicago's legendary Green Mill, Caveau de la Huchette (the oldest jazz club in Paris), and the opulent Wynn Hotel in Dubai. She has led multiple productions and bands, including Swing & Strings, Ty and the Wild Women Jazz Band, and The JazzShowcase with Shelly Yoelin Big Band, Close Encounterscwith Richie Cole, to name a few. She has also shared billing with legendary performers such as Taj Mahal, Stan Getz, Jeff Hamilton, Ray Brown and many other jazz greats. Recently, Cooper was named as a 'We Dream in Color' honoree, receiving the Josephine Baker' Faith' Award in 2014. This award is given to people who strive to do humanitarian works throughout Chicago.

April 28th
Open Door Theater
Ty Cooper Quartet

Visit Ty Cooper's Website
Alan Gresik
Pianist/Bandleader &

Alan Gresik performs with his band
"The Swing Shift Orchestra" at the

Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

March 2nd & 16th

Babidoll - Vocalist
Known for her five-octave singing voice (most-often compared to Minnie Riperton), and ability to sing in 7 languages, BabiDoll redefines vocal prowess. As the founder and director of The Pullman Jazz Society, she and her group of musicians pump new life into jazz, classical and Latin music.

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Arlene Bardelle
Arlene Bardelle has been dazzling audiences with her tasteful vocal stylings for the past several years. Chicago is her home base, where she works with some of the finest musicians in town. Arlene was a mainstay at the famed Coq D'or in the Drake hotel for many years with Craig Lanigan.

Chicago Jazz Magazine says "Arlene's command and presence in a room makes you hope that the evening never ends. She really swings!"

Josh Rzepka

Thirty-two year old Chicago based trumpeter and composer Josh Rzepka has been featured on NPR, PBS, and has been heard on jazz radio across the country and world. His album Into the Night
reached the #9 position on the JazzWeek radio chart and the #5 position on the CMJ Jazz chart. He has been heralded not only for his jazz playing and composing, but also for his classical performances.  

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Frank Portolese
Chicago area Jazz guitar player and educator, have played in all over the U.S as well in the U.K. He works as a leader as well as a sideman. 

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Jim Sellers

Performed with many of today's jazz luminaries, including Wynton Marsalis, Frank Catalano, Luba Mason, Spider Saloff, Bill Yancy (long-time bassist for Ella Fitzgerald), and many others.

Libby York
"...a jazz singer of cool composure and artful subtlety..." Nate Chinen, New York Times

"...relaxed perfection..." C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz

"...her wit and easy swing." The New Yorker

"Her smokey voice will appeal to Diana Krall fans, but she is very much her own woman." The Times of London

Florida Weekly Article on Libby 
Keri Johnsrud

A highly appealing jazz singer with a quietly expressive voice and a deep understanding of the lyrics that she interprets, Keri Johnsrud has been an important part of the Chicago jazz scene for the past 15 years. 

Linda Solotaire

Linda Solotaire is a jazz vocalist and leader with the Linda Solotaire Quartet. Linda selects choice pieces from the Great American Songbook, torch songs & ballads from the late 20th century, and covers pop tunes in unexpected ways. Performances are fun and engaging, and evocative of jazz cabaret from the 50's & 60's.
Martini Lunch Band 
From cool backgrounds to Sinatra, soul and more.

Available for private events, clubs and festivals

Mike Jeffers

Founder of Chicago Jazz Magazine, Mike Jeffers got his start teaching private lessons and performing throughout the country. Now he performs regularly throughout the area while running Chicago Jazz Magazine and a festival and event company, Triple Crown Productions.

Nick Schneider
Every Wednesday at Manhattan's
Open Jam Session with the Bruce Oscar Trio
300 S. Schmale Rd, Carol Stream

Brian Hilton's
Windy City Rhythm Kings

Brian Hilton's Windy City Rhythm Kings presents "Super Sax plays Bird" featuring some of Chicago's finest jazz artists.


Ken Haebich
Now Accepting Private Students

Maxwell's at the Club from 5:30-9:30
(In the East Bank Club-Open to the Public)
w/ Redd Holt & Jimmy Ryan

Robin Watson

This phenomenal vocalist and her ensemble have been featured across the US, Caribbean, and Brazil, SA.  From Big Band Swing to moving sultry sounds of a Torche cabaret singer, Robin moves audiences to new heights. Her stage shows and special events are remarkably outstanding.  Don't miss the opportunity to have her for your wedding, corporate affair, family reunion, fund raiser, tour or excursion.    

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Stacy McMichael

Stacy McMichael is one of the premier bassists in Chicago today.

Equally proficient on upright bass and electric bass, Stacy performs comfortably within a broad range of genres and styles. As an active professional bassist, Ms. McMichael has played with hundreds of artists in countless settings.


Ava Logan
Her latest release "So Many Stars" has gained National airplay and has had rave reviews! It was produced by Henry Johnson, who played guitar for Joe Williams for many years. She worked with world renowned musicians on this project, Larry Novak (who has played for Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole and Sarah Vaughn) on piano.

Geordie Kelly

Chicago guitarist, Geordie Kelly, has been described as a first-class, gifted guitarist and composer (Vic Juris). He has been privileged to share the stage with artists such as Ed Calle, Bobby Shew, Phil DeGreg, Maureen McGovern, Antonio Onorato, Pietro Condorelli and Aldo Farias in Naples, Italy, Frank Mantooth, Bob Bowman, Ritchie Cole, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Virginia Symphony Orchestra, The Turtle Island String Quartet, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln City Jazz Orchestra. He was also a founding member and performer with the jazz combo "Skipjack Trio" in The United States Navy Band in Washington, D.C.

le Percolateur
Gypsy Jazz

One of Chicago's most popular Gypsy Jazz Groups performing original and new twists on old classics. Don't miss seeing them live!

Joey Locascio

Joey Locascio soon to be released CD with the great Joey DeFrancesco on organ, Eric Schneider on sax, Greg Artry Drums and many more will showcase his wide range of vocal ability. Locascio has a very Eclectic and very versatile range that spans from the music of the 1930's-1970's. Specializes in Tributes' to the such legendary artists as Frank Sinatra, Buddy Holly, Elvis, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett, Sam Cook, Louis Armstrong, Beatles, Ray Charles, Joe Cocker, Jerry Butler, Jim Croche, Willie Nelson and many others.

Michael Mason
Jazz Flute

Southport Recording Artist has performed with James Newton, Arturo Sandoval, Ian Anderson, Edward "Kid" Jordan, Douglas Ewart, Chicago's legendary Fred Anderson and artist from the AACM.

Ray Bailey
Ray Bailey is an accomplished musician and band leader as well as an exciting performer of all jazz styles. In the Chicago area he has performed at most major country clubs, hotels and in local jazz clubs such as Andy's, The Back Room, Bella Vista, The Green Mill, Green Dolphin Street, Pop's for Champaign, Joe's Be-bop Café and may others that have come and gone. The Ray Bailey Jazz Quintet played to standing-room-only crowds for 19 summers in the Garden Café of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Sean Francois

In the spring of 2013, Sean graduated with a Bachelor's degree in music from Indiana University's prestigious Jacobs School of Music where he studied under the tutelage of David Baker, Jeremy Allen, Steve Houghton, Michael Spiro, Brent Wallarab, Luke Gillespie, Pat Harbison and Tom Walsh.

Don Stille
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Stille has performed with such artists as Clark Terry, Red Holloway, Roy Hargrove, Terry Gibbs, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Daniels, Doc Severinsen, Lew Soloff, HarryConnick Jr., The New York Voices, Peter Erskine, Claudio Roditi, Mark Murphy and many others.

  Visit Don Stille's Website
Rich Armandi

Upright and Electric Basses, Tuba, and Euphonium, Huge Repertoire, Great Groove, Jazz, Classical, Dixeland, Klezmer, Rock, Pop, Broadway.

Available for private students and clinics

David Shelton

David's music draws from his classical and jazz backgrounds, plus his work with R&B musicians. His repertoire includes a wide range of jazz and Latin standards as well as jazz arrangements of pop songs, blues and funk.

More specifically, the repertoire includes: Songbook and Modern Standards, Latin Standards, and Jazz Standards

Jenifer French
Jenifer French is a jazz and blues vocalist performing in jazz, blues, and cabaret venues in Chicago since 1999, as well as venues in NY, LA, and London. Venues include the legendary Pump Room, Andy's Jazz, Buddy Guy's Legends, Mike Ditka's, Davenport's, Don't Tell Mama's, and more.

"a high-octane performer...
a tender and meaningful storyteller...
French's vocals are lush!"  - Cabaret Scenes Magazine

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Zvonimir Tot
Rose Colella

Jazz vocalist Rose Colella currently performs regularly at Chicago's top jazz clubs and hotels, including The Jazz Showcase & The Green Mill, alongside the city's finest jazz musicians.  Rose's new CD, "Cocktail" now available at | Chicago Jazz Magazine | 773-927-0396 |
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