A new steady begins next week with one of Chicago’s great jazz singers, Tammy McCann, at Drew’s Drawing Room (formerly Jack’s on Halsted) at 3201 N. Halsted from 8pm-11:00pm. I am really excited to be working with Tammy. She hung out a lot with Von Freeman and was close with one of my mentors, pianist/organist Jon Logan, who was Von’s pianist at the New Apartment Lounge for many years. (Check out her new CD with pianist Laurence Hobgood.) We’ll be swinging on Thursdays in January and February, so come on out!!
One of the coolest things about Gabriela’s school, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy, is how the parents really care about the school and their kids’ education. One way the parents come together is with the Thornes, a band of Hawthorne dads. I’ll be performing at Schuba’s on Thursday November 20th with the Thornes. We’ll be doing some rock and blues hits and a couple jazz tunes.
Come on out–it’s only $15 and all the proceeds go to Hawthorne. 7:30pm start
Jeff Moster Guitar and vocals
Bob Barnett Keyboard
Steve Schneck Horns
Louie Kritikos Guitar
Craig Sieben Harp
Tory Lopez Bass
Peter Birnbaum Drums
Special guest singers:
James Earl Jones II
Today is Von Freeman’s 91st birthday. Missing him more than ever. Lately I’ve been missing his rock solid advice; whenever I felt lost he always got me back on the path. With all the interesting courses and the dynamic academic scene at University of Chicago, I’ve been feeling a touch lost; his wisdom would be perfect right now.
Here is one of my favorite solos from my years at the Apartment Lounge:
Here’s a photo of us recording “The Improvisor”:
Sue, Bill, Lindsay, Alton, Al, Lenny and I could not be more excited: from September 10 to September 24 we will be on tour in Colombia, visiting Cartagena, Baranquilla, the islands of San Andres and Providencia, Bogotá, and Bacaramanga. We have put together some new material that will be performed at universities, colombos (American schools), and festivals. Come Sunday would like to thank the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation and the Old Town School of Folk Music for their generous support.
The 2014 Chicago Jazz Festival was a big success. George and I had a blast performing, the Yestet killed it, and the other bands were smokin’. Howard Reich had some nice things to say about some of the groups and about George and I.
Here are some highlights:
1. The set with George Freeman 4tet
2. Bobby Broom showing us how it’s done.
3. Hanging out with one of my favorite guitarists
4. Gabriela met Cecile McLorin Salvant. Cecile is now Gabi’s favorite vocalist. Gabi was completely blown away by Cecile and was even more moved to meet her.
5. Gabriela and Esme Bradfield dancing to “Space is the Place.”
The 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is going to be great one this year. (Click here for the full lineup.) This year’s festival includes some events celebrating the 100th year of Sun Ra, including a Sun Ra panel at Ganz Hall at Roosevelt University at 5:30pm, Thursday August 28, and the Arkestra closing out the festival on August 31.
I’ll be performing at the following events:
2. Thursday, August 28 for WDCB’s Jazz at the Bistro at Marion Street Cheese Market, 100 S. Marion St. in Oak Park, with special guest guitarist from São Paulo, Caio Afiune. 7pm-10pm.
3. Friday, August 29, with George Freeman, Mike Schlick, and Pete Benson at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park for the Chicago Jazz Festival, 5pm.
4. Sunday, August 31, with Joel Adams’s Yestet at the Von Freeman Pavilion, 3:30pm.
I will be performing with Joel Adams’s Yestet this Friday, July 11 at Constellation, 3111 N. Western. Awesome band and great music by Joel. 9:30pm start.
John Wojciechowski – alto
Chris Madsen – tenor
Geof Bradfield – tenor
Marques Carroll – trumpet
Justin Copeland – trumpet
Tom Garling – trombone
Joel Adams – trombone
Mike Allemana – guitar
Stu Mindeman – piano
Clark Sommers – bass
Xavier Breaker – drums
Rob Dz – spoken word
Cherise Thomas – vocals
If you missed our hit last April at the Green Mill, come on out Sunday, June 29th at the Tonic Room, 2447 N. Halsted, to catch Bernard Purdie with George Freeman, Pete Benson, and me, 8pm start. There will also be a 5pm drum workshop with Bernard. Get tickets here.
This was one of the greatest weekends of my career. George killed it, Bernard grooved harder than I have ever experienced, and Pete was right there with him. Thanks to Dave Jemilo for helping us make this happen.