NEXT CONCERT FEBRUARY 21, 2016:
Dave Drazin and His Ambassadors
Pianist and composer DAVID DRAZIN is a music and motion picture archivist who has acquired a national reputation for his piano improvisations accompanying silent films. Among silent movie screenings for which he has performed is the Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. He is notable among contemporary film accompanists for his use of the 1920s-era jazz and blues, rather than classic ragtime, in playing for silent comedies. His improvisational dance accompaniment skills serve him well in developing music for dramas, such as the films in the Fritz Lang film series at the Art Institute.
Bernard Scavella -
Tenor and Soprano sax
Having honed his skills as a band leader and sideman, Scavella served as the principle arranger and saxophonist of the jazz group The Groovemasters during the 1970s and '80s. He assumed the leader's role during the recording of 'Bout Time: Volumes I & II and also released a new solo album in March of 2014, A Taste of Scavella.
Kobie Knight - Vibes
Kobie began his musical endeavors on the orchestra bells and drums in grade school and was drawn to the vibraphone soon after. He has received grand experience from and performed with many top level musicians throughout his work. Illinois born and raised, this skilled and able vibist and percussionist of more than 20 years has performed at festivals, summer theatre and music camps, as well as university events around the country. Kobie currently performs with several different bands in the Chicagoland area.
Tim Mulvenna - Drums
Tim has been performing and teaching for the last three decades in Chicago, as well as playing festivals and touring in the USA , Canada , Japan, Europe , Thailand , and Brazil. timmulvenna.com His playing is represented on over 115 recordings on labels as diverse as Blue Note , Drag City , Delmark , Atavistic , Blujazz , and Aesthetics. He has worked with many international artists.