Updated September 2021
It's been such a treat to spend time together at in-person events over the last several months. It hasn't been the easiest 18 months for lovers of live music, both for the practitioners of the craft and those that derive joy from the experience of being a part of the audience. But so far together we have persevered throughout this pandemic. It's felt so rewarding to reconnect with old friends as well as meeting new fellow music-lovers during this busy summer!
With that in mind I want to let you know about some cool musical offerings I have coming up this month:
Thursdays - Solo jazz guitar behind the bar at Chicago's legendary Green Mill for the Cocktail Hour Show from 5PM - 7:15PM. No cover, no minimum, free street parking on Lawrence and the side streets!
Saturdays (except 9/18 and 9/25) - - Semilla's Latin Kitchen and Wine Bar in Rogers Park. "Bossa Nova Saturdays" with the amazing vocalist Petra van Nuis. All-Brazilian music on their beautiful outdoor patio weather permitting. Amazing latin-themed food and wine, we play from 6PM - 9PM
Sundays - - The Andy Brown Quartet at Andy's Jazz Club. With Jeremy Kahn on piano, Joe Policastro on bass and Phil Gratteau on drums, sets at 6PM and 8:15PM. I feel so fortunate to have this steady quartet gig with these three virtuosos!! (Special later sets on 9/5)
Mondays - - The Green Mill from 8PM - 12AM with fellow guitarist Joel Paterson and Friends. This is a new collaboration for me and is working out really well! Joel is a phenomenal guitarist, and he plays steel guitar every week as well. We explore a variety of genres from Jazz/Western Swing/Blues/Country.
I have some fun sideman gigs as well this month:
Friday 9/10 - - Winter's Jazz Club with pianist Pamela York's quartet, featuring myself on guitar along with Joe Policastro on bass and George Fludas on drums.
Friday 9/17 - - Madison, Wisconsin at the Midwest Gypsy Jazz Fest with the Don Stiernberg Trio.
Tuesday 9/21 - - Hey Nonny in Arlington Heights with Petra's Recession Seven.
Thursday thru Saturday 9/23-9/25 - - Indianapolis (Thurs and Friday), Green Mill in Chicago (Saturday) with Ben Paterson / Adrian Cunningham Quartet featuring myself on guitar and George Fludas on drums.
I was pleased to be interviewed by the online magazine Jazz Guitar Life last month. This website is run by Lyle Robinson and I've been a fan of his website and interviews for years. We got into some deep waters discussing a variety of topics from my background to general thoughts on the state of jazz education.
I had a blast jamming with my old friend the fantastic NYC area guitarist James Chirillo (of Jazz @ Lincoln Center and Juilliard fame) when he sat in in my solo gig at the Green Mill in Chicago a few weeks ago. James is an old friend and we had a ball swapping phrases and comping for each other. Here's some nice video footage (artfully shot by my friend T.W. Li) of us playing the 16 bar blues Soft Winds. James sounded so good on my Epiphone Triumph! You never know who's gonna stop by on Thursdays at the Mill...
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