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Juli Wood Quintet

"5 4 3 2 1 " is the new CD from Juli Wood out in 2012. This new project features some of Chicago's finest musicians grouped as quintet, quartet, trio, duo, and solo saxophone. Juli is featured on alto, tenor, and bari saxes and vocals ! The CD contains hard bop swinging arrangements of " Without a Song " and " Full Moon and Empty Arms "; Juli's soulful vocal renditions of Bobby Timmons' " Moanin' " and standards, " Bye Bye Blackbird " and " You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To "; Juli's original tunes - " Pessoa ", " Goofy Blues ", "2 Buck Chuck" and "From Moscow to Buenos Aires "; also some great tunes from Thelonious Monk, " Ask Me Now ", " Played Twice " and " Light Blue ". The CD is available at CDBaby.com

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Sunday, September 1, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 1:10 – 2:05pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Mike Smith Quartet

A Chicago native, Mike Smith first became enthralled with jazz as an eleven-year-old beginning band student. And his dedication to the art form was so great that eight years later he won the coveted Charlie Parker Scholarship to North Texas State University. There Mike roomed with future notables Bill Evans and Jim Snidero, and earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 2:00 – 3:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Nick Mazzarella Trio

Alto saxophonist and composer Nick Mazzarella (b. 1984) has been a participant in Chicago's jazz, free jazz, improvised music, and rock scenes as a bandleader, sideman, and presenter since 2002. After completing his formal music education at DePaul University (Bachelor of Music 2006, Master of Music 2009), he began performing regularly with his own groups and with projects led by his peers at venues throughout the city and the United States. His efforts have been especially concentrated around the activities of his primary working band, the Nick Mazzarella Trio, the musician and presenter collective Umbrella Music, and the Ratchet Series, a grass roots effort to establish a performance haven for free jazz on the south side of Chicago. Equally at home in the worlds of the traditional and the avant-garde, Mazzarella maintains a continuous performance schedule encompassing a variety of musical contexts, but focuses the majority of his energy on the areas of composition-based free jazz and free improvisation. It is through his work in these stylistic mediums that Mazzarella has developed a distinctive voice.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 12:30 – 1:30pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Saxophone
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