Updated January 2020
I have some cool gigs to start the '20's in a swinging way and I hope you can join me.
--I'll be getting things underway this Thursday-Sunday at Chicago's famed Jazz Showcase. I'll be there with the superb vocalist Petra van Nuis and our terrific quartet with Joe Policastro on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums. Each night we'll have a guest horn player joining us and the lineup is out of sight! Thursday we'll have trumpeter Art Davis, Friday we'll have reedman Eric Schneider, Saturday we'll have trumpeter Bobby Lewis, and Sunday we'll have trombonist Russ Phillips. Set times Thursday-Saturday are at 8pm and 10 pm, Sunday matinee set at 4pm and an evening set at 8pm. We've got a lot of great tunes picked out and I'm really looking forward to playing with all of these fine musicians at this great club.
--For all you guitar pickers I'll be doing a masterclass at the Old Town School Of Folk Music on Saturday January 25 at 1pm. This clinic will focus primarily on the art of solo jazz guitar playing but will probably cover many facets of the craft of jazz guitar.
I'm fortunate to have (most) of my steady gigs continuing into 2020:Tuesdays - Solo guitar night at Cellars Bar and Grill
All addresses, times and other info can be found on my schedule page.
Early Warning: I'll be back at the Green Mill with the Warren Vaché/Russ Phillips Quintet the weekend of January 31-February 1. Howard Reich in the Chicago Tribune recently picked our performance at the Mill early this year as one of the 10 best jazz performances of 2019. I can't wait to play with this dream band again! Here's what Howard wrote: Great performance traditions never go out of date, as trumpeter Vache and trombonist Phillips eloquently proved. Though reveling in a pre-bebop swing idiom, they made it sound new again, thanks to their creative solos and deep-seated musicianship. Joined by guitarist Andy Brown and drummer Phil Gratteau – both like-minded spirits – Vache and Phillips reminded listeners of the joys of two-horn counterpoint.