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Jazz AL

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This Jazz vocalist is an award winning singer-actress from Washington, D.C., who now lives in the Chicago area. A graduate of Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Logan is a veterinarian by day and a jazz singer at night. The classically trained vocalist has performed jazz, pop, and rhythm and blues in the U.S. and abroad! She has portrayed two of her idols, Ella Fitzgerald and Nancy Wilson, at the Black Ensemble Theater.
She worked with world renowned musicians Larry Novak (who has played for Nancy Wilson, Natalie Cole and Sarah Vaughn) on piano, Larry Gray on bass, and Leon Joyce on drums (the latter two gentlemen presently of the Ramsey Lewis trio).

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Jazz BB

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A native of Michigan City, Indiana, Bill studied music at Berkley College in Boston. Earlier in his career he played with the Tom Milo Band, and with the Midwest Pops Orchestra under the direction of Newton Waylon. Over the years, he has played with the following rock and pop music greats: Bo Diddley, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Shirelles, and many others, as well as with such jazz stars as Arthur and Red Prysock, Doc Severensen, Ben E. King, and Ima Sumac.

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Jazz BL

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If you haven't heard of this Chicago Jazz legend, you must be living in a cave. Performing to sell out crowds for over 15 years, he has become a true master of giving his audience exactly what they want…. And a whole lot more! A true showman, he is one of the few entertainers in Chicago who never has a bad show.
Musically his shows are about as unpredictable as the man himself. A typical evening might begin with a few jazz standards, and then fade into some Motown or down home Chicago blues and it doesn't stop here. Actually, he's just getting started! As he powers through an eclectic selection of cover songs from Sinatra, to Louis Armstrong, Lou Rawls and Barry White. You name it; this man has it all and the voice to pull it off. Throw in a couple of pop songs and you have an incredible night of entertainment you'll never forget. He is one of the most respected musicians in the city. On drums and vocals, he lays down a rock solid foundation and a smooth signature voice.

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Jazz B4

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For this band music is a life long adventure. Some of the brightest young talent on the jazz horizon playing the high energy jazz of the music they love. The group plays jazz in a variety of contexts-the blues, swing, be-bop, contemporary- that always brings out the best in them. They play to the audience as much as they play for themselves. Their sound, full of melodic and rhythmic sophistication, adds a great deal to the emotional shading of the music, and celebrates the joy of jazz. It is music to move your body to, as well as your mind.

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Jazz BS

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On the Chicago and Los Angeles music scenes for over 35 years this performer has led orchestras and bands, performed on piano and keyboards, directed, composed and arranged for and with the best. Mel Torme, Peggy Lee and Bobby Rydell, are just a few of the premiere entertainers and musicians he's worked with in the U.S. and internationally. He has recently returned from Wayne Newton's overseas Thanksgiving USO tour, accompanying Ruth Pointer.
On a day to day basis, he is working primarily in Chicago as one of the nation's premier vocal arrangers and accompanists. Playing, arranging and producing albums for numerous independent artists; he also performs with his own jazz trio at several Chicago venues

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Jazz CGQ

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This bands form of jazz embraces youthful energy and pop accessibility. Audiences do not feel forced to passively sit and play it cool while the band does its thing, detached from the crowd. This band of highly-touted musicians-are committed to connecting with their audience each and every night. The band is developing a reputation for putting on inspired, impassioned shows. Most appealing, however, is the band's desire to never play it safe. They understand that there is a certain amount of risk in never having two shows be the same.

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Jazz CM

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Since the 1960's he has performed professionally throughout the Chicago area. Guided by his mentor, Jazz tenor great, Von Freeman, he developed his talents throughout the 1970's while also discovering his passion for writing. In 1981, he strengthened his talents by taking on the position of musical director and arranger for the Chicago production of Sasha, Sing Dinah! and wrote a play, Life Cycles, performed at the Chicago Cultural Center. Traveling and performing in the Far East in 1986 energized his creative talents . In 1996, his Trio advanced to the finals in BET's search for Best Jazz Instrumentalist Groups. This distinction culminated in a live video which continues to air frequently. Today, the group performs at various local venues, including many Chicagoland Jazz Festivals. He is proud to have performed with such musicians as: Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw' Davis, Eldee Young, Elvin Jones and Jack DeJohnette. He has accompanied many well-known singers like Dee Bridgewater, Earnestine Anderson, Linda Hopkins, Al Hibbler, plus creative Chicago vocalists Sasha Daltonn, Dee Alexander, and Joan Collaso.

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Jazz CS

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This musician / vocalist plays and sings who she is: a blend of French Cabaret and American Jazz. Born in Martinique, raised in Paris, she lived in New York City and perfected her art in Chicago. She combines all musical elements in a style which is truly her own.
As a freelance bassist (electric and acoustic) she has traveled across the United States, Europe and Africa. She performed at the Chicago Blues and Jazz Festivals. She played the Blues with Sugar Blue, Memphis Slim, and Willie Mabon. She played Jazz with Von Freeman, Franz Jackson, Floyd McDaniel, George Freeman, Oscar Brown, Jr., Redd Holt and many more. She now leads her own group, adding her mellow voice and her own compositions to the repertoire. The group Komango co-led with pianist Calvin Koco Brunson features new interpretation of standard tunes as well as new compositions by Cécile and Calvin.
Her Music Reflects Her Many Influences: French lyricism, bluesy melodies and passion, and her own jazz compositions with Brazilian overtones.

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Jazz D

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These are the trademarks of the Best in Contemporary JazzFunk. And these are the words that describe the sounds of Chicago's preeminent contemporary jazz quartet. They take their listeners on a journey off the well worn path of those artists considered to be today's cutting edge “smooth jazz," by adding a touch of genuine old school funk and soul into their mix. Detour embarks on a musical voyage that offers something fresh, yet familiar to every aspect of your musical palette...not just for the jazz lover in you.
The groups musical style, on stage chemistry, and flavorful repertoire have made their performances a must see event for those who like to groove, JazzFunk style. So do yourself a favor...check out Detour JazzFunk. They'll take your mind, body and soul on a new and exciting route to JazzFunk's Best, and away from the old, repetitive "Smooth Jazz" norm.

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Jazz DD

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Jazz DDel

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Of this jazz violinist, composer, recording artist and educator , JazzTimes Magazine says, "Her elegance and expertise are always obvious," while the LA Times comments, "She produces improvisations of considerable style and unmistakable integrity." St. Louis' Sheldon Concert Hall gives her "Standing Ovation!" while the Chicago Sun-Times remarks, "Her playing has a toughness and stringency to go with its elegance and verve." Boston's jazz critic Fred Bouchard adds, "She's really a fine player with exquisite taste."

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Jazz EDE

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A critically acclaimed reed player who has recorded and/or peformed with Ramsey Lewis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Richie Cole, Jack McDuff, Joseph Jarman, Lester Bowie, Malachi Favors, Don Moye, Anthony Braxton, Adegoke Steve Colson, Kahil El-Zabar, Edward Wilkerson, James Newton, Henry Threadgill, Steve McCall, Fred Hopkins, Amina Claudine Myers, Douglas Ewart, Roscoe Mitchell, Charles Earland, Gene Chandler, The Dells, Jerry Butler, and many others.

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Jazz FMGJ

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This is original music, world jazz fusion quintet started in Chicago in 1990. These world music styles that have been incorporated to date include African, Middle Eastern, Greek, South American, Irish, Romanian, Reggae, Indonesian, Japanese, Indian, Pakastani and Afro-Cuban. The CD's also include several contemporary American jazz tunes. While some pieces are contemplative others are built upon driving grooves.

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Jazz FW

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She is an extraordinary talent with soulful, jazzy voice that has taken each and every song higher than the songwriters themselves ever imagined their songs going. With her seemingly unlimited range, her interpretations of jazz standards and pop classics seem effortless."
As stated in one newspaper reviewer's words, (after viewing the Bugle-Boy Production 40's style musical ‘Any bonds Today?') She ….understands the heart stinging beat of every caressed note that leaves the audience wanting more." Yet another writer stated, “There's a new star on the horizons."

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Jazz HT

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A jazz and blues pianist, organist, composer, and arranger. He studied jazz piano with Willie Pickens at Northern Illinois University where he earned a Bachelor of Music in Performance (Jazz Studies). He earned a Master of Music in Jazz Studies (Composition) from DePaul University. He has performed with many musicians including Billy Branch, Eddie C Campbell, Bo Diddley, Little Arthur Duncan, Phil Guy, Harold Jones, Bob Lark, RJ Mischo, Joe Moss, Nick Moss, Pinetop Perkins, Lynwood Slim, Little Mack Simmons, Junior Watson, and the list goes on. As a jazz pianist, he has been playing solo, and with duos, trios, and quartets. He has worked with one of the most respected drummers, Harold Jones. He is an endorsee of Fingerweights. As a jazz organist, he has studied jazz organ with Tony Monaco and Chris Foreman, and he has been leading his jazz organ trio. He released his first CD "Midnight Shuffle" (2006) with his jazz organ trio. He regularly plays with the George Freeman Trio. He is an endorsee of Hammond Suzuki.

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Jazz JH

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She is a Songstress/Actress and Model, an outstanding talent with an exuberant personality to match. She is a startling beauty with a curvaceous figure at 5'-7" with medium brown hair and light-brown eyes. She has displayed her artistry as a Jazz Singer, Fashion Model, Actress, and Rhythm & Blues Singer throughout the United States.

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Jazz JV

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They offer a vast repertoire covering a multitude of styles and eras certain to please the most varied and demanding audience. His 40 years at the piano and 30 years of professional experience guarantee a tasteful and elegant performance every time
Skilled at jazz, classical, popular, Latin and Broadway show material, his memorized collection of over 2000 songs will always produce a selection that will fit any occasion. He also has a number of original compositions which he may feature during his performance.
He has worked with many world class artists such as Freddie Cole, Tito Puente, Lou Rawls, Armando Manzanero, Jose Fajardo, and Ira Sullivan. He was featured in 2003 at the Governor's inaugural in Springfield, Illinois. He also was one of the ten top pianists in Chicago selected to play at Symphony Center for the Marshall Fields Days of Music

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Jazz MG

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Performing original, alternative jazz music in the Chicago area for more than nine years. Their music is a mixture of smooth jazz, blues and rock. The group performs more than 40 original tunes as well as their interpretations of various jazz standards. Founded in 1995, the band is known for their beautiful melodic playing and extended jams during live performances.

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Jazz MP

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He began performing around Rush Street in Chicago as a solo piano/vocal in the mid fiftys and was influenced by the music of Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk. Vocal influences include Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, Ella Fitzgerald, Carmen Mc Crae and Jon Hendricks. In 1965, he left Chicago to work out of New York and played at Jilly's (NYC), Eddie's Backstreet in St. Thomas, The Gaslight Club in Toronto and Mother's Lounge in Pittsburgh.
He is a true Jazz singer who follows the thread of his own instinct while reacting to his musical surroundings, all the while insisting that notes sustained are never lost anywhere."

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Jazz MV

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"From the land of the Cubs, White Sox and a whipping wind comes an arranger with an original, brainy approach to standards, non standards and an original or two. His fresh touch as a composer, arranger and leader that separates him from the pack." He has been successfully traveling on the long journey of jazz: touring Europe as a teenager; a National Endowment for Arts jazz apprentice with Gil Evans and David Matthews; collaborations with Eldee Young, Billy Harper, Neville York; impresario of his annual jazz festival and cruise; radio host of Jazz Tropicale heard every Sunday.

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Jazz OD

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Born in Chicago and raised in Momence, Illinois. He began playing trumpet around the age of ten, but was not formally instructed until Charles Danish, an elementary school teacher, found him a trumpet teacher and drove him to lessons[1]. He eventually graduated with a degree in trumpet performance from DePaul University and then received a masters degree in jazz pedagogy from Northwestern University.
In addition to recording over 3000 TV and radio commercials, He has released three studio albums. His 2002 album Priority received four stars from the LA Times. He currently is very active in music education, particularly for at-risk students. To this end, he co-founded and directs MusicAlive! (an initiative associated with the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, which he also founded and directs).
One of Chicago's busiest and most sought after musicians, the jazz trumpeter has performed with Wynton Marsalis, TS Monk, Stevie Wonder, Dr. John, Kurt Elling, Ernie Watts, Ramsey Lewis, Grover Washington Jr. and The Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz Orchestra.

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Jazz PO

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One of the most popular premiere interpreters of American popular song electrifies and thrills audiences of all ages with his seductive vocals, engaging charisma, and amazing musical knowledge! More than a mere performer, He is nationally recognized for his commitment to traditional American pop, both celebrating its art and perpetuating its legacy for future generations.
His passionate presentation, elegant style, and extraordinary ability to connect and interact with audiences have garnered many fans and admirers. Peter enjoys an active performance calendar, including intimate jazz clubs, concert halls, corporate events, nuptials, and college campuses.
In short, the experience is simply an unforgettable excursion into great music at its finest!

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Jazz RA

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Her goal is to invigorate the public concept of Jazz as a dying tradition. Her style is bringing sensuousness to renditions of the jazz standards. Her singing style is a hypnotic blend that is reminiscent to those of legends such as, Billie Holiday, Sara Vaughn, Nancy Wilson and Gladys Knight. All of whom have greatly influenced her. Her seductively soulful voice reflects generations that have changed the way people view music and has earned her the opportunity to perform with some of the world’s greatest performers like, the late Joe Williams, Frankie Beverly and Maze, Joe Sample, and Bill Withers. She has also toured throughout Europe with renowned gospel groups. Her ability to effortlessly deliver ballads, standards, jazz and pop hits, has garnered her national attention through breathtaking performances on the Jenny Jones Show and the 1993 season opener of “Star Search." Host, Ed McMahon, proclaimed that the vocal winner“…has one of the purest voices he had ever heard."

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Jazz RH

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Jazz SH

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Jazz TCH

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This popular Chicago jazz sextet has been one of the most prolific horn sections in blues and jazz for the last ten years. This band's taut rhythms, its front line's muscular quality and its rhythm section's aggressiveness makes them sound more like a small jazz symphony than the hard-hitting sextet it is.

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Jazz TK

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Their musical seeds were sown in 2002 when two friends began writing music on the slopes of Mt. Hood, Oregon. The bands music is danceable and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. Lovers of rock, funk, world, jazz, and reggae will all find something to enjoy about this group. The band has been quickly evolving into an epic collaboration between some of Milwaukee and Chicago's finest young musicians. The sweet melodies and contagious song-writing of the keyboardist and guitarist quickly found common ground in the deep pocket of a bassist and drummer. The members together share a wide variety of influences that include: The Allman Brothers, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Steve Kimock, Led Zeppelin, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, and Neil Young.

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Blues BPS

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This band has had 24 songs hit the #1 chart position on Blues Radio stations around the world in the last two years!!
Energetic- Electric Blues that begs you to react!! Energized audiences, moving and shouting along with the newly rediscovered voice from the Chicago Blues scene. This band Special asks it's audiences every night- "CAN YOU DIG IT !" and they respond with a resounding "HELL YES !!".

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Blues CDB

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The blues are all about expression, be it individual or otherwise. Many performers do things that they hope will appear expressive, but are really just mining an already well-worn playbook rather than giving audiences any insight into who they actually are as players and as people. As a Chicago area blues guitarist, vocalist, and band leader this performer is the other kind of musician: a straight-up, no-frills, from-the-heart player whose music truly reflects his own life and personality. He has steadily built a name for himself in the Chicago blues scene over the past decade by writing great material, putting on as entertaining a live show as anyone in town, and by being the guy audiences and bookers alike want to see back in their favorite venues.

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Blues GL

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Straight from the heart of Chicago, this singer encompasses the Blues. She is simply hands-down, the quintessential female voice of Chicago Blues. Her show brims with all the elements that make a performer great! Her deep-throaty-broad- rich voice, belts out the kind of raw gut Blues that makes your spine tingle and heart and body ache. Her impeccable timing and staging is keen, spiced with ribald fun and pizzazz that gives audiences a show to remember! Her background in professional theater and dance, lends itself wonderfully to her act.

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Blues JM

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Few up and coming young blues performers walk the walk to the degree of this Chicago-based guitarist/bandleader. One of the hardest-working performers on the Windy City circuit, he routinely works up to 28 gigs a month. His sound, a winning mix of blues and R&B flavors paired with original songwriting vision, can be heard blasting out of Chicago venues like Buddy Guy's Legends and House of Blues on a regular basis. His stinging guitar and accomplished vocal style have won him fans citywide. His debut CD gives ample proof to the rest of the world of what Midwest blues fans have known for some time: He is for real.

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Blues NM

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Chicago blues is now synonymous with this guitarist. Passionate blues fans around the country gravitate to his playing in live performance and on recordings because of that stylistic link to the Chicago blues past.
Fresh from the nominations and an electrifying live performance at the 2007 Blues Music Awards ceremony. The band sizzles in live performance hundreds of times a year, bringing their superior blues to clubs from Cape Cod all the way west to southern California with countless stops in between. Festival appearances abound each summer and fall, and stops overseas have become more frequent with each passing year.

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Blues TCKS

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An internationally touring rhythm & blues band that have been performing since 1983. The group averages over 100 dates a year. Performing to a crowd of over 15,000 people, The band shared the stage with Byther, Buddy Guy, Albert Collins, Sugar Blue, Little Village and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band. Some describe the trio as tight, intense, powerful, hard driving, honest and real. As far as the band is concerned, they call it fun. These dedicated musicians love to perform and always deliver 110%.

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R&B EC

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He is an extraordinary singer and has been wowing audiences throughout t Wisconsin and Illinois area since the early 90's.He is a self taught musician. He was awarded the "Best Upcoming Male Vocalist" in a contest held in Wisconsin.
Recently covered in the Daily Herald, 11/26/08 for a performance at Hotel Baker's ROX City Lounge in St. Charles.
His musical interests and specialties include Old School R & B, The Standards and Contemporary music. Music from the heart... that's what you get from him.

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R&B RG

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The group combines musical expertise and showmanship to provide your event with the very best in entertainment. Specializing in R&B music from the Motown era through the 90s, they is comprised of highly respected members of Chicagoland's musical community, with backgrounds as diverse as the band members. From playing with national acts like Survivor, to writing and recording for groups like The Doobie Bros., to performing as on-field band for the Chicago Bears and pre-game entertainment for the Chicago Bulls, the musicians hold years of experience. So rest assured you'll get high-quality, professional musicianship to ensure your event is a success. Their clients include many of Chicago's top corporations, festivals & park districts, nightclubs, country clubs, non-profit organizations and wedding clients, with a solid, loyal, upscale following throughout the city and suburban 6-county area. Proven talent, great music, solid performance, reliability...it all adds up to high entertainment value for you.

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R&B SC

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Soul music, a combination of rhythm & blues and gospel music, began in the late 1950s in the U.S. and hit its stride with the advent of the Motown label in Detroit. With its emphasis on dance rhythms and vocals, it became the music for "dancin' & singin' in the street." Now seven Chicago natives, all children of the soul era, bring you their authentic soul sound featuring outstanding vocals on all the great sounds of the Motown era and beyond.
These musicians have over 25 years of solid professional experience, with a powerhouse rhythm section built from some of Chicago's top musicians.
Together they have found a winning recipe and are now cookin' with soul! Make sure the dance floor stays full at your next event...

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R&B TM

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One of the best Motown, R&B vocal bands in the country. Blend their voices together and they will take you from the tunes of the Motown era all the way through the songs of today. Close your eyes and you are transported and treated to a musical experience you will never forget.

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Other 1969

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Perhaps no year in popular culture changed the face of music like 1969. From the Fillmore to Woodstock to Altamont, the musical revolution could be heard in the performances of a virtual army of influential rock icons.
You've probably heard many tribute acts of this essential era, but this band takes a closer look at all these classic songs in a way that's never been done before. The angle is so different that You better prepare yourself for a big surprise. Today three exciting lead vocalists and a blistering rhythm section breathe new life into the songs made famous by Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joni Mitchell, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joe Cocker, Jefferson Airplane and so many other stars of the psychedelic era.
This band takes You on a trip. It acts like a time machine. In a single moment you will find Yourself attending a vintage performance. You will be in a place where time stands still. Just You and hundreds of fellow music lovers without a care in the world. And the tunes that made rock and roll – classic songs by the greatest artists of our time.

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Other GA

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An exciting mix of Rumba Flamenco, Latin Jazz, and World Sounds, with Intoxicating Latin Percussion & Fiery Spanish Guitars.

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Bossa Nova is a rhythmic Brazilian style of music that derived from Samba in the late 60s and early 70s. The style is often associated with jazz, but in the mid-60s it was brought firmly into the realm of pop music by Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66, who evolved it further by applying bossa rhythms to popular hit songs of the time, performed by other Brazilian artists, as well as by Dusty Springfield, Simon & Garfunkel and the Beatles.
This band brings back a taste of Brazil with many of the songs made famous by Mendes, as well as by applying there formula to their own pop choices.

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