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This week we feature performances coming up around Chicago. Shows this week include Pete Miller's Evanston with Michele Thomas Music, Green Mill Cocktail Lounge with Bob Mintzer, Jazz Showcase with Chris Potter, The California Clipper with Nick Mazzarella Quintet, Constellation Chicago with JD Allen Trio, Marie's Pizza and Liquors Official Page with Stephanie Aaron and Winter's Jazz Club with Rose Colella Get more info on the entire jazz scene at
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.

December 15
5pm to 7pm
The Pullman Cafe
11208 S St. Lawrence
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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. 

December 16
Citygate Grill 
2020 Calamos Court, Naperville

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.    

December 16
7 pm
Bronzeville Community Clubhouse
3647 S. Giles

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.

December 17 
8:30 pm
2105 S State Street Chicago IL 60616

December 18 
Room 43 
1039 1043 E 43rd street Chicago IL 

December 30, 31
Pinstripes Oakbrook 
7 Oakbrook Center Oakbrook IL 60062

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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
December 16  
8:00 pm 
434 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL
w/Toni Callahan Quartet 

December 17,18
1 pm
7401 W Lawrence Ave, Harwood Heights, IL

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

December 18
Durty Nellies
180 N Smith St, Palatine, IL
(847) 358-9150
Monthly Swing dance, All Ages Event, Swing Dance Lessons at 5PM, $12
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.
Andy's Jazz Club
Bobby Lewis Jazz Quintet with Pat Mallinger, Jim Ryan, Stewart Miller and Jeff Stitely
Fridays Dec 16, 2016
5-8:30 PM

Andy's Jazz Club
Bobby Lewis Jazz Quartet with Jim Ryan, Stewart Miller and Jeff Stitely
Saturdays  Dec 17, 2016 
 Bobby Lewis Jazz Quintet 
5-8:30 PM

December 30, 2016
7PM-8:15 PM
Bobby Lewis Jazz Trio with Andy Brown and Stewart Miller

Wilmette Public Library
1242 Wilmette Ave Wilmette, IL
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

Josh Rzepka
Josh performs Wednesdays with his Trio at Found Kitchen 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
1631 Chicago Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

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!"

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

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.
Shawn Maxwell

Shawn Maxwell's New Tomorrow celebrates the release of their new album on the Origin record label.

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.

Stephanie Browning

Sunday Night Jazz Series
at the LondonHouse Hotel
Sponsored by Chicago Jazz Magazine

7pm-10pm Stephanie Browning Trio

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

Alan Gresik
Pianist/Bandleader &

Alan Gresik performs every Thursday night with his band
"The Swing Shift Orchestra" at the Green Mill
4802 N. Broadway Ave.
Chicago, IL 60640

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) 
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.


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.
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

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. 

Martini Lunch Band 
From cool backgrounds to Sinatra, soul and more.

Available for private events, clubs and festivals

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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.

Dave Flippo
The Dave Flippo Jazz Ensemble is happy to be releasing their 5th CD, this time as an instrumental trio including Donn De Santo (bass) and Heath (Chappell). 

The disk ,"Life on Mars - Jazzified Rock Classics" 
presents a collection of jazz arrangements by Hendrix, Bowie, Bruce (Cream), Lennon/McCartney, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and is available at CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon mp3. 

 "Jazz From Planet Flippo" feature original compositions and arrangement of pianist Dave Flippo. Their recent project, "Life on Mars" focuses on creating "jazzified" arrangements of pieces by Bowie, Cream, the Beatles, Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. The performance also includes new artists like Sting and Amy Windhouse. Flippo's original explore new harmonic and formal territory and strive to incorporate many diverse musical elements. Dan Hesler-sax, Heath Chappell-drums, Matt Gold-bass and Dave Flippo-keys. No cover.

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

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.

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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.


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.

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.

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.

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

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

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Zvonimir Tot
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.

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.

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

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.

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