We are having a June concert!!
June 20 2-5pm
DEREK DULEBA QUARTET
featuring DEVON SANDRIDGE
Derek Duleba, Jazz Guitarist, performs and teaches in the Chicagoland area. He is an active member of the Chicago Jazz Community, performing at many venues including Chicago Symphony Center, Jay Pritzker Pavilion, The Jazz Showcase, and Fitzgerald’s Jazz Club. Mentored by Chicago jazz greats Kelly Sill, Ron Dewar, Art Davis, and Andy Brown who says, "Derek has deftly explored both modern and traditional jazz concepts with a relaxed and congenial ease."
Devon Sandridge – vocalist, has a remarkable bass-baritone voice, which shares similar touch, phrasing, and vibrato with that of Johnny Hartman, the person that inspired him to initially embark upon his career. Sandridge uses vibrato like rarely heard in jazz. He says that Nat King Cole, Mel Tormé and guys like them have influenced his music. He is drawn to songs where the stories and the lyrics provide opportunity for interpretation. He tries to bring his emotion and the way he personally relates to the message of the song he is singing. He sees himself as a straight-ahead vocalist with a much-appreciated lower end of his voice, but he also doesn't mind delving into the higher register. He and Kimberly Gordon have talked about building a Billy Eckstine – Sarah Vaughan show which would be great because they both have the voices and range for it.
* Listen to him on the video page
Natalie Scharf – Tenor Saxophone. She comes from multiple generations of both musicians and music educators and is carrying on the family tradition. As a graduate of Northern Illinois University with a B.A. in music education, she joined District 63 in 2013 as Director of Bands and has served as Director of the Jazz Program Maine East since 2016. A freelance musician since 2011, she plays saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano, and electric bass both live and in studio for a wide range of groups, including Paris Swing, the Bill Porter Orchestra, Swing Shift Orchestra, and Teatro ZinZanni.
Dan DeLorenzo -bass. Dan has been an important part of the Chicago Jazz scene since 1978. With the Jazz Members Big Band, he accompanied Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, and Clark Terry. DeLorenzo's sideman discography reads like a Who's Who of Chicago Jazz. Among his credits: Ira Sullivan, Franz Jackson, Paulinho Garcia. He is also active in the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.
Bob Rummage, drummer, keeps a busy schedule accompanying man y of the stars who come to town to play at Chicago's Jazz Showcase. He performs with a variety of Chicago Jazz ensembles including Petra's Recession Seven and Rob Parton's Jazz Tech band. Bob teaches percussion at Elmhurst College in addition to giving guest workshops at a variety of schools.
June 20, 2021
Devon Sandridge - Vocals
Natalie Scharf - Tenor Saxophone
Derek Duleba - Guitar
Dan DeLorenzo - Bass
Bob Rummage - Drums
Glendora Ballroom 102nd & Harlem, Chicago Ridge, IL
All tickets $20