The Jerry Grillo Band.....with Neal Charles Chandek, Keyboards, Bill Martin, Guitar, Omar, Drums, with arrangements by Neal Charles Chandek.
John Hefter will be a guest performer on an original song that he and I recently recorded as a single for amJazz..The song is dedicated to Angelo Mortellaro, who we admired so much! We wrote it with him in mind, knowing that he would have loved it and knocked it out of the park when he sang it!
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Dave Stoler is a native of Madison WI, and has formerly resided in New York City, Milwaukee and Miami. One of the busiest keyboardists in the area, Dave works with his own jazz trio, the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Sextet, The Ben Ferris Octet and The Darren Sterud NOLA Tribute Band. He also co-leads Steely Dane, a 16 member Steely Dan tribute band. He performs regularly with his trio and quartet at Smalls Jazz Club in New York City. His recording, titled "Urban Legends" is available on cdbaby.com. Currently, he is preparing several upcoming recordings slated for release in 2018. He was a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Piano Competition, The American Jazz Piano Competition, and a finalist in the Jacksonville Jazz Piano Competition. He received a Master Of Music Degree in Jazz Performance from the University of Miami-Coral Gables, and has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
The Quartet includes very special guest saxophonist Rich Perry, who performs in the Grammy winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra. Additional information about his extensive music performance career can be seen at: richperrymusic.com/
Chicago Bassist Charles Ledvina and Milwaukee drummer Dave Bayles round out the group. The program will include newly written music for this event.
A great Saturday night of world class jazz at The Estate! Followed by our Late Night Session featuring Neil Davis and Steve Peplin.... See MoreSee Less
Following the Dave Stoler we welcome guitar duo Steve Peplin and Neil Davis to the stage from 11:30 to 2am. Look foward to amazing guitar playing, a little banter, and a lineup of all star guest players.
Praised by Newsweek for his pure melodic genius, Tom Harrell is widely recognized as one of the most creative and dynamic jazz instrumentalists and composers of our time. While Harrell is a master of the jazz idiom, he constantly seeks new challenges and influences. Even with a discography of over 260 recordings and a career that spans more than four decades, Harrell has managed to stay fresh and current as he continues to actively record and tour around the world. He is a frequent winner in Down Beat and Jazz Times magazines' Critics and Readers Polls and a Grammy nominee.
His warm, burnished sound on the trumpet and the flugelhorn, and the unparalleled harmonic and rhythmic sophistication in his playing and writing, have earned Harrell his place as a jazz icon to aspiring musicians and devoted fans alike. His music is at once intelligent, soulful, fresh and accessible. No matter the size of the group he works with, the trumpeter-composer deftly weaves complex harmonies together with daring rhythmic concepts and unforgettable melodies while utilizing the available colors to full effect.
After a string of albums with a quintet he has kept together for almost ten years with Wayne Escoffery on tenor sax, Danny Grissett on piano and Fender Rhodes, Ugonna Okegwo on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums, Harrell has begun to develop new projects, often involving some or all of the quintet members.
His forthcoming album, FIRST IMPRESSIONS (September 18, 2015 release), is a chamber ensemble recording of Harrell's own arrangements of (mostly) chansons by Debussy and Ravel. The ensemble was featured on PBS Soundtracks and toured in the US and Poland. Harrell will reprise the group for a week at the Village Vanguard starting October 6.
TRIP is a piano-less quartet that was formed after Harrell was commissioned to write new music by Dave Douglas for the Festival of New Trumpet Music. Harrell describes the quartet as a chamber group, where each instrument plays an equally important role. TRIP features tenor saxophonist Mark Turner, Harrells long-time bassist Ugonna Okegwo and drummer Adam Cruz. A 2014 album release was followed by tours in 2015.
With COLORS OF A DREAM, Harrell took the piano-less concept one step further, using two acoustic basses in a sextet with three horns (Jaleel Shaw on alto sax, Wayne Escoffery on tenor, and himself on trumpet and flugelhorn) and drums (Johnathan Blake). Esperanza Spalding, doubling on vocals, played acoustic bass together with Ugonna Okegwo, anchoring infectious grooves of the music Harrell wrote specifically for the group. A successful album was released in 2013 and Harrell took the group on the road in the summer of 2014.
A graduate of Stanford University with a degree in music composition, Harrell is a prolific composer and arranger. Carlos Santana, Cold Blood, Azteca, Vince Guaraldi, Hank Jones, Kenny Barron, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Danish Radio Big Band, WDR Big Band, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Metropole Orchestra and Arturo O'Farrill & the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra are among the many who have recorded or performed his work. Harrell's composition and arrangement, "Humility," was recorded for the latter's 2008 release, which just won a Grammy for the Best Latin Jazz Album.
Some of Harrell's notable RCA/BMG recordings include WISE CHILDREN, a project in which he combines woodwinds, brass, horns, strings, guitars, percussion and the vocals of Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit and Claudia Acuna; PARADISE and THE ART OF RHYTHM, both of which feature chamber groups with strings; and his Grammy-nominated big band album, TIME'S MIRROR.
In addition to the 27 albums and thousands of concerts worldwide as a leader, Harrell has worked with important figures in jazz history including Stan Kenton, Woody Herman, Dizzie Gillespie, Horace Silver, Art Farmer, Phil Woods, Lee Konitz, Sam Jones (with whom he co-led a big band in the 70s), Jim Hall, Charlie Haden, Joe Lovano. Harrell also recorded on Grammy-winning albums by Gerry Mulligan and Bill Evans.... See MoreSee Less
While many jazz projects point towards a designated leader, Chicago’s Twin Talk operates as a true democracy. Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich describes the group as “three musicians responding to one another in subtly nuanced ways, and in a music that’s as lyrical as it is transparent.” Before emerging as Twin Talk, saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi, bass/vocals Katie Ernst, and drummer Andrew Green were performing together as Laurenzi/Ernst/Green, releasing their first album and performing at the 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival under that name. The switch to Twin Talk was motivated by the desire to achieve a unified band identity. They released their second, self-titled album in 2016, of which Chicago Jazz Magazine’s Hrayr Attarian writes, “Twin Talk’s eponymous release is a cohesive and original album that brims with a vibrant fluidity and a poetic sense. It is simultaneously angular and melodic, and is provocative and enchanting. The members of the trio weave their distinctive sounds into a charismatic collective expression that instead of sublimating their individualities, it highlights them.”... See MoreSee Less