Friday, April 21, 2023
The Shy Shēks
Cassandra (vocals) Ruiz
Terri Foster, clarinet
John Garza - guitar
Dan Anderson - bass
Taking their name from a popular 1920's term that meant "fashionable"(Shēks is pronounced like Sheiks), singer- guitarist Nick Ruiz and vocalist Cassondra Ruiz specialize in tunes from that era. While they capture some of the flavor of the songs by the likes of Ethel Waters, Bo Carter, and Django Reinhardt, they aren't interested in their nostalgic value. Without forcing the issue, they approach them as songs of this era, gaining rootsy hipness from Nick's sound on the resonator guitar. The husband and wife usually perform as a duo; today they'll expand to a quartet with the addition of:
Terri Foster, clarinet. Kelly studied music at Bowling Green State and DePaul Universities. In her early career, she played with many Chicago area orchestras and classical ensembles as a freelance clarinetist. Teri found her entry point to gypsy swing in 2013 thanks to Chicago’s Old Town School of Folk Music, and the Django in June festival held annually in Northampton, MA. She currently plays with several gypsy swing groups in the Chicago community
John Garza is a Chicago guitarist and composer with 20 years’ experience playing various genres, including traditional jazz from the 1920s and 30s, WWII-era hot club swing made popular by Django Reinhardt and Oscar Aleman, in addition to modern and contemporary styles. John has played with various combos over the years regionally but has also performed at international music festivals. Matching the ideal tone for the performance, you will see John playing amplified archtops, acoustic swing manouche guitars, or a tenor banjo.
Dan Anderson, bassist. Dan began tuba in the 5th grade and started bass in high school and has remained fascinated with music and instruments ever since. Dan's work includes numerous recordings for television and radio commercials, playing in the pit orchestras for Broadway in Chicago, the Paramount Theatre and Drury Lane Theaters and appearing at many of Chicago's Jazz venues, including the Green Mill Lounge, The Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Chicago Jazz Ensemble, The Chicago Brass Quintet, The Von Freeman Jazz Quintet, The Ray Charles Orchestra, The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band, The Chicago Jazz Orchestra. http://www.danandersonbasstuba.com
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