August 20-Petra's Recession Seven
PETRA’S RECESSION SEVEN is a seven piece jazz band formed by vocalist Petra van Nuis during the Great Recession of 2008. When the recession hit and venues began downsizing to smaller groups, slashing pay, and/or cutting live music altogether, things looked grim. Somehow, despite the financial situation, Petra decided to think big. She assembled the fantastic all-star line-up of internationally known Chicago veterans and the band was born at a debut performance at Chicago’s legendary Green Mill.
PETRA VAN NUIS (pronounced Pay-tra van Nouse) is a Chicago-based vocalist who has been described in Downbeat Magazine as having “a light, gorgeous and fairly delicate voice…a gift for melody and plenty of rhythmic confidence. With the formation of the Recession Seven, Petra wanted to pay homage to several of her favorite singers including Billie Holiday, Mildred Bailey, Connie Boswell, and Maxine Sullivan.
The Chicago trumpeter ART DAVIS is currently a full-time professor of music at Northern Illinois University at DeKalb. He is a hot soloist who executes even the most difficult passages with aplomb. He performs with: The Red Rose Ragtime Band (recorded two albums) The Chicago Jazz Orchestra, The Mulligan Mosaics Big Band, The Memphis Nighthawks and the Chicago Salty Dogs.
KIM CUSACK -reeds. His ongoing playing career with the Salty Dogs dates back to 1958. Kim has played on over 40 recordings and with Red Rose Ragtime Band, Hal Smith, Bob Schultz Frisco Jazz Band, Ray Skjelbred, Carl Sonny Leyland, Franz Jackson, Gene Mayl's Dixieland Rhythm Kings, Ernie Carson, Turk Murphy, Georg Brunis, and Wild Bill Davison.
RUSS PHILLIPS – Trombone, is well known and respected around Chicago and on the jazz festival circuit. His festival appearances include Elkhart Jazz Festival, the Atlanta Jazz Party, the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Sweet and Hot Fest, and the San Diego Jazz Festival, to name a few. Audiences thrill to Russ Phillips’s trombone style in addition to his vocals that change smoothly from robust to sweet and silky, all the time keeping the jazz fresh and exciting. Russ has recorded under his own name with the Windy City All-Stars.
ANDY BROWN, guitar, is frequently considered one of the best guitar players around and is sought out by many Chicago band leaders. Andy ‘s Quartet plays at Andy’s Jazz Club on Wednesdays, solo guitar at the Green Mill on Thursdays , and his trio plays at Winters Jazz Club often on Sundays. Annually, Andy and Howard Alden team up for a two-guitar quartet in Chicago.
DAN DELORENZO 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 active in the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective.
Director of percussion at Elmhurst College and Professor of Jazz at DePaul University’s School of Music, drummer BOB RUMMAGE keeps a busy schedule accompanying many of the stars who come to town to play Chicago's Jazz Showcase. He performs with a variety of Chicago ensembles ranging from Rob Parton’s Jazz Tech Band to the Mark Colby Quartet to the eclectic styles of Howard Levy.
John Bany Quintet
Main Stem Orchestra
Red Rose Ragtime Band
Tickets for above concerts:
$18 in advance
$20 at the door
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