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Frank Russell Band

Frank Russell is a Chicago native and master bass player. He began his musical training at an early age playing drums, guitar and sax before switching to bass guitar at the age of 14. Frank has been playing it ever since, along the way working or recording with such diverse artists as The Spaniels, Dee Clark, Dee Dee Warwick, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Irving (Miles Davis), Art Porter, Alphonze Mouzon, Red Holt, Mike Wolf (Arsenio Hall), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Ken Chaney, Sugar Blue and many others.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 12 Noon – 12:55pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Bass
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Gregory Porter

At the start of 2010, the buzz about Los Angeles-born and now Brooklyn-based jazz/soul vocalist Gregory Porter was a strong, steady murmur, fueled by a growing crowd of fans who'd caught his performance in the Tony and Drama Desk Award-nominated Broadway hit, It Ain't Nothin' but the Blues, or his weekly stints at the Harlem club, St. Nick's Pub. By the end of 2012, with his second CD, Be Good, having earned a Grammy®- nomination for Best Traditional R&B Performance, the buzz had built to a roar, with the incredible accolades showered on Porter showing no sign of decreasing either in volume or enthusiasm. As the year drew to a close, Porter's music topped an extraordinary number of "Best of 2012" lists in the US and the UK, including NPR's "Best Music of 2012" and "100 Favorite Songs of 2012"; iTunes "Jazz Album of the Year"; and Soul Train's "Top 10 Albums of 2012". Be Good was also named Soul Tracks' "Album of the Year."

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 6:10 – 7:05pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Jazz Vocals
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Jason Moran

Moran's debut recording as a leader, Soundtrack to Human Motion, was released in 1999 to great critical praise. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named it the best album of the year and the Jazz Journalists Association awarded it "Best Debut Recording." The following year, Facing Left, established The Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare the album "an instant classic." Moran augmented the trio for his third Blue Note release, Black Stars, adding avant-garde icon Sam Rivers, who plays saxophone, flute and piano on the recording. Gary Giddins of the Village Voice exclaimed, "Black Stars is possibly a Blue Note benchmark, definitely one of 2000's outstanding discs."

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 8:45pm – 10:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Piano
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