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June shines awareness on Environment, Summer Fests, Gay Pride and more. It’s the month to celebrate the official onset of Summer — fathers, weddings and events galore.  Here are five top June Events to know.

 

5 Top June Summer Events to Know

 

 

 

June Shines Awareness

National Safety Month (NSC) — Each year in June, the National Safety Council focuses on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities. Thousands of organizations work together annually to raise awareness on what it takes to keep each other safe. Each week of the month will focus on a different safety topic. Week 1: Stand Up to Falls; Week 2: Recharge to Be In Charge (Focusing on Fatigue); Week 3: Prepare for Active Shooters; Week 4: Don’t Just Sit There (Focusing on Ergonomics) and for its members: Road Safety for Workers. #nationalsafetymonth

 

 

June Shines AwarenessWORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY* — Held annually since 1972 on the 5th of June, World Environment Day is the biggest annual event for positive environmental action. The theme is always selected by the host country who, in 2017 is Canada. The theme: Connecting People to Nature – implores us to get outdoors and into nature – to appreciate its beauty and its importance, and to take forward the call to protect the Earth that we share.  There are many ways to celebrate the Day:

 

-Join the Global Album: take a photo or video of your fave place in nature and use #WorldEnvironmentalDay or #WithNature

Explore Nature: Go outside, discover species in your everyday world using iNaturalist

Plan an Outdoor Activity: Celebrate with a picnic, a group cleanup, a walk in the park, a swim. There are countless activities to choose.

To find events in your city or country, visit: Celebrate Together

 

 

June Shines Awareness. Photo: Ellie Pritz
Photograph: Ellie Pritz

GAY AND LESBIAN (LGBT) PRIDE MONTH – a/k/a Gay, Lesbian, Sexual and Transgender Pride Month. Gay Pride or LGBT Pride is a worldwide movement asserting that lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity. The three main messages are: (1) people should be proud of their sexual orientation and gender identity; (2) sexual diversity is a gift, and (3) sexual orientation and gender identity are inherent and cannot be intentionally altered. .

The month was chosen to remember the 1969 riot at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on famed Christopher Street in Manhattan.  On June 28,1970, the first march commemorating the anniversary of the riot took place in NYC – the first of its kind in the United States.  Many claim that the Stonewall Inn Riot marked the beginning of the gay liberation movement in the US.

Each city holds its own festivities and selects its own themes and dates to celebrate. You can find pride parades, marches, picnics, parties, memorials for those lost from HIV and AIDS, and other group gathering events that attract countless thousands of individuals. Three of the biggest cities — New York City, Chicago and San Francisco are all holding many events with parades and/or marches on June 25  Check your local community listings or the Pride Events website for LGBT Pride events happening near you.

 

 

June Shines AwarenessSUMMER FESTIVALS – June marks the official onset of summer and well before the summer solstice on June 21, festival season is in high gear.  From arts & crafts, to dance to music; from food, to hot-air balloons to air shows, you will find a festival to tickle your fancy. Families, individuals, couples and the like, there is a summer fest for everyone. Some of the largest free festivals include:

Artscape, July 21-July 23, Baltimore, MD – America’s largest free arts festival, attracting over 350,000 attendees over three days. Featuring: more than 150 fine artists, fashion designers and craftspeople; visual art exhibits on and off-site, live concerts on outdoor stages; a full schedule of performing arts; and family events.

SummerStage, May thru October, Central Park, NYC –  the largest free performing arts festival in New York City.  Featuring: artists and genres that reflect the diverse cultures and communities in neighborhood parks across the five boroughs — from the iconic to the avant-garde, from opera to hip-hop, film to circus–and everything in between.

Chicago Air & Water Show, August 19-20, Chicago, IL – This air and water show is one of the largest free shows of its kind in the United States, taking place each year at Chicago’s lakefront at North Avenue Beach. Featuring: l a wide variety of military and civilian aerial demonstration teams with daredevil pilots performing their stunts in the skies above Past headliners included the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Army Parachute Team Golden Knights.

 

FATHER’S DAY – Perhaps the biggest festival of all – paying homage to dads everywhere.  Happy Father’s Day to all the Dads around the world!  Enjoy!

 

June’s offerings do run the gamut from important cause events to Summertime festival fun. Happy June! – Abbe Sparks @asparks01

 

 

* Disclaimer: Use of the United Nations Environment Programme World Environment Day logo does not imply an endorsement by the United Nations Environment Programme of the user, its goods, services or activities, or the content of its website or linked sites or the accuracy of the information, opinions or statements provided therein

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April Finale Showers Unity for Jazz Day

April finale showers unity today for International Jazz Day. A fitting ending to the month of Jazz Appreciation.

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April 30th marks the 6th annual International Jazz Day. Featured: Legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes at NYC’s iconic Blue Note. photo by Abbe Sparks

April 30th marks the sixth annual International Jazz Day highlighting the virtues of jazz as an educational tool and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people. The intent of jazz day is to foster greater appreciation not only for the music but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

International Jazz Day is celebrated in a different global host city each year. In partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International Jazz Day
highlights the power of jazz as a force for freedom and creativity, promotes intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and unites people from all corners of the globe.

Whether you are a jazz promoter, jazz lover or newbie to the world of jazz, there are many ways to celebrate the day. For a complete list of events around the world visit: jazzday.com/events. Here are a few suggestions:

 

Havana, Cuba: The All-Star Global Concert at the historic Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music, and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO will be live streamed on JazzDay.com (April 30, 9 pm EDT), and will feature an extraordinary array of artists from around the world paying tribute to the international art form of jazz.

 

New York City: All Sides of Ella with Ulysses Owens, Jr. & Friends with drummer/music director Ulysses Owens, Jr.; pianist Allyn Johnson; trumpeter Alphonso Horne; bassist Alex Claffy; and vocalists Brianna Thomas and Alyson Williams.

In just the past few years, Ulysses Owens, Jr. has performed at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola with artists including Christian McBride, child prodigy Joey Alexander, Steve Wilson, Mulgrew Miller, Steve Nelson, the Swing Collective, and the New Century Jazz Quartet. Already one of today’s most high-profile sidemen, this GRAMMY® Award winner and DownBeat Rising Star has recently stepped into a leadership role and assembled some top-shelf groups. Tonight’s band features a monster lineup similar to the one Owens led in 2016’s Celebrating Ellington and Beyond program. This year, they’ll be honoring the many sides of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald as part of their Ella Fitzgerald Festival. This show is highly recommended for any kind of jazz fan.

 

Chicago: The Jazz Institute of Chicago’s International Jazz Day Celebration event at The Chicago Cultural Center.

In celebration of International Jazz Day, the Jazz Institute of Chicago honors the diversity of jazz and its ability to forge new connections by featuring two ensembles that represent the global influences of the music. Mexican drummer Gustavo Cortiñas presents music from his new album “Esse,“ which “gathers fellow musicians from Chicago to contemplate, through composition and improvisation.” Alfonso Ponticelli & Swing Gitan performs a blend of American jazz, Gypsy jazz, Flamenco, and folk music

So, however you choose to honor the day — Enjoy!

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High School Bands Ready to Rock at 10th Annual Music Competition

For Immediate Release, June 3

Contact: Abbe Sparks, abbesparks@gmail.com, 224.567.9166

 

High School Bands Get Ready to Rock at 10th Annual Music Competition

Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands Offers $20,000 in combined Cash and Prizes

 

Chicago area teenage musicians ready to rock at 10th annual music competition
Chicago area teenage musicians ready to rock at 10th annual music competition

Highland Park, IL, June 2 – High school bands throughout the Chicago area are gearing up for the tenth annual Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands, which takes place each Friday night in June at Port Clinton Square in Highland Park, June 5, 12, 19 and 26. The grand champion is selected and crowned on July 4 at Wolters Field in Highland Park preceding the City’s fireworks display in front of 3,000 people. Twenty-five bands comprised of teenage musicians ages 13-19, representing 36 diverse Chicagoland communities have been notified of their acceptance for this year’s Battle in the hopes of winning the title of Grand Champion. At stake — $20,000 in combined cash and prizes plus significant exposure via studio recording and photography sessions and performance opportunities including a gig for all winning bands at Navy Pier on July 26th. Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of music professionals and radio/TV personalities including Greg Easterling of 97.1 The Drive and Melissa Forman, host of WCIU-TV’s “You and Me This Morning.”

Since its inception in 2006, the Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands has featured 600 teenagers representing over 125 bands – from a 14-person wash-tub band to solo performers and everything in-between – rock, ska, funk, punk, jazz, big band, experimental, and more. Past winners, now out of college like “The Fleeting Suns”, have had much success in the real world. The competition has grown exponentially from 2006, steadily increasing the number of battling bands and even doubling its cash and prizes in just one year (quadrupled since 2013).

“The music festival has grown exponentially since we began, and I’m thrilled to see the kids receive all the accolades and encouragement they so deserve.” – Nicolas DeGrazia, Founder, Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands.

Returning to defend their title are the reigning Grand Champs, XAZZ, who have just completed recording their first CD at The Jam Lab – part of their 2014 Bitter Jester Battle grand prize.

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Who:   10th Annual Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands Music Competition for teens ages 13-19

When:  June 5, 12, 19 and 26th from 7:30 – 11:00PM; FINAL BATTLES: JULY 4th from 6:00 -10PM

Where: Port Clinton Square, 600 Central Ave, Highland Park

FINAL BATTLES on JULY 4: Wolters Field, 1080 Park Ave. West, Highland Park

What:   Each June Friday night, six of the best high school bands from the Chicagoland area perform in front of a public audience and a panel of judges. Each winning band becomes a Semi-Finalist. Those bands plus two Wild Card bands (chosen by Bitter Jester Staff) compete in the Grand Finale Concert on July 4 eve at Wolters Field in Highland Park preceding the City’s 4th of July fireworks celebration in front of 3,000 people. Judges select two Finalist Bands. The Grand Champion is then chosen by the audience’s cheers and applause via the official Bluegrass Restaurant Decibel Meter.

Interview OPPS: Battle of the Bands Founder, Nicolas DeGrazia, Battle Contenders. Bands are available to perform for radio and TV

Links:    Bitter Jester Battle Reel, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrZRLf_bSVY

Bitter Jester Reigning Grand Champs, XAZZ, are defending their 2015 title

JPEGS/VIDEO/AUDIO: Available upon request

Created by four-time Emmy® award-winning Bitter Jester Creative, Battle of the Bands is sponsored by the City of Highland Park plus over three dozen local and Chicagoland businesses. Their donations are used as prizes so that none of the Semi-Finalist Bands go home empty handed.

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JEFF LIEB JEWELRY OPENS MIDWEST/CHICAGO AREA SHOWROOM

Renowned Designer and North Shore Native Opens JEFF LIEB JEWELRY Midwest and Chicago Area Showroom in Highland Park

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JEFF LIEB JEWELRY MIDWEST/CHICAGO AREA SHOWROOM in HIGHLAND PARK

Highland Park, IL — Renowned designer and North Shore native Jeff Lieb of JEFF LIEB JEWELRY, a/k/a Total Design Jewelry, will open his first Midwest and Chicago area Showroom on December 10, located at his longtime studio in Highland Park, IL, 3100 Skokie Valley Road. The Chicago Area Showroom becomes the third permanent LIEB showroom in a high fashion market, joining Dallas and Atlanta locales. The prolific designer’s jewelry creations can also be found in over 1,000 galleries, specialty and boutique stores nationwide. One of the approved designers for Swarovski Crystal Elements Division, along with top names as Judith Lieber and Kenneth Jay Lane, Lieb’s unique jewelry designs have long been sought after by haute designers and captains of industry including Kate Spade and Donald Trump. His funky original wearable art — jewelry with a soul — can be seen in numerous films, TV series, soap operas and theatrical productions and on celebrities, newscasters and musicians. Lieb’s doors will be open to the public in December with a Grand Opening cocktail reception and how-to-wear LIEB demonstrations on December 10 from 5-9pm. A portion of the days proceeds benefit Kellogg Cancer Center via the Auxiliary at NorthShore Highland Park Hospital. All LIEB jewelry is signed by the artist and tagged with the Swarovski Crystal label.

Lieb hopes to create a Midwest hub for his jewelry lines.

Fashion is created here, my jewelry is created here, it makes perfect sense to offer easier access for my East Coast and Midwest customers who currently have to travel across coasts or seaboards to view and place their orders.  – Jeff Lieb, JEFF LIEB JEWELRY

The Chicago area Showroom will be open to the public periodically throughout the year, as Lieb frequently travels to attend top trade shows and his other temporary and pop up locales,. Preview his jewelry online at www.jeffliebjewelry.com.  To order via email; jeffliebjewelry@yahoo.com . To make an appointment call 847.433.2669

jeff&marlene Lieb_websm“After four decades of traveling the country, my wife Marlene and I felt it was time to enjoy our community and the great city of Chicago. We want to meet our neighbors, dine at our fine restaurants and relax with our family,” says Jeff Lieb, designer, devoted husband and father of two young adult men.  “I’ve been creating inspiring fashion pieces from my studio in Highland Park for 40 years; it seems only fitting that I give back to the town and city where it all began and continues to be the place I call home.” 

To commemorate the Grand Opening, a host of activities are planned on December 10th

WHAT:                Grand Opening: JEFF LIEB JEWELRY Chicago Area and Midwest Showroom in Highland Park, IL

WHEN:               WEDNESDAY, December 10th, 2PM – 9PM

  • Ribbon Cutting @ 2PM with Highland Park Mayor Rotering
  • Cocktail Reception: 5:00 – 9:00 PM (open to the pubic)

WHERE:              3100 Skokie Valley Rd, Highland Park, IL 60035

Meet Designer JEFF LIEB, see his memory lane corner filled with 40 years of artistic interpretation; view his look book

  • Jewelry how-to demos by Jeff & Marlene Lieb
  • Hair Up Do demos with LIEB-designed ‘The Hair Tornado’ Accessories by Tryst Beauty & stylist,/owner Theodore Perry, Natomy Beauty professional hair care products
  • Scarf-Tieing demos with LIEB-designed original Scarf Clips (NEW) $20 introductory offer

Make a revolutionary impact on the way you wear yours

Holiday Price Range: $30 – $100

      Free Cosmetic Bag with Purchase throughout December

PREVIEW SHOWINGS: Dec. 12, 13 & 14 from 12PM-6PM, Open to the public

RSVP: 847.433.2669, email orders:  jeffliebjewelry@yeahoo.com, preview@  www.jeffliebjewelry.com

 

 

 

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No Turn on Red – Gig at Jerry’s

WHAT:  No Turn on Red – Gig @ Jerry’s

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If you’re in Chicago this weekend, check out this funk New Orleans Blues Fusion ‪‎Band in Wicker Park at Jerry’s.  Hear the Band’s new sound!

WHEN: Saturday, November 8 @ 9:45pm

WHERE: Jerry’s, 1938 W. Division Street, Chicago

MUSICIANS

Justin Gruby-  Saxophones
Larry Glenzer 0 Trumpet
Amir Arrington – Bass
Bob Rodriguez – Guitar
Dave Dakich – Guitar
Bob Bechstein – Drums
Jeremy – Keys
Mary Porzelt – Vocals

PRICE: free, no cover!

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Emanuel’s early childhood plan compared to parking meter deal

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to use a pay-for-performance financing method known as “Social Impact Bonds” to give 2,618 children access to early childhood education cleared a key legislative hurdle Monday despite comparisons to the widely-despised parking meter deal.

The Chicago Teachers Union, SEIU Healthcare Illinois and their City Council allies condemned the arrangement because it will allow Goldman Sachs, Northern Trust and the Pritzker Family Foundation to more than double their $17 million investment over 18 years.

The bond program advanced Monday by the City Council’s Finance Committee is in the form of a loan from the Goldman Sachs Social Impact Fund and Northern Trust as senior lenders. Subordinate lenders are the J.B. and M.K. Pritzker Family Foundation.

“This is basically privatizing Head Start — giving these banking companies a very high rate of return — higher than even what we saw in the Infrastructure Trust,” said Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd), one of a handful of aldermen who voted no.

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MycroMat Inventor Plays Show & Tell with QVC’s Gabrielle Kerr

MycroMat Inventor Aaron Hechtman Chats with QVC’s Gabrielle Kerr

Click the above title to watch the video (below the price and image) to learn how simple it is to use Aaron’s multi-use silicone kitchen gadget — MycroMat.  Quickly, it will become your new kitchen best friend.

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Young inventor Aaron Hechtman of  MycroMat chats it up and plays show and tell with QVC Kitchen Idea host Gabrielle Kerr earlier this morning. Get your ‪#MycroMats‬ while theyare hot and in stock!!!!

MycroMat multi-use kitchen tool functions as an oven mitt, trivet and jar opener all-in-one.  Consumers can eliminate those old-fashioned oven mitts as this 21st century kitchen gadget helps handle hot bakeware out of the oven or microwave.  ‘Grab it, Glide it and Slide it’ is the MycroMat slogan. Simple and easy to use, the silicone kitchen mat is the perfect microwave cooking helper when preparing a bowl of soup, Ramen noodles, chili and more.  The silicone center serves as a bottle/jar opener,  and the entire mat can be placed underneath a cutting board for no-slip security. Currently sold exclusively at QVC.com for $19.92 for a set of two, MycroMat comes in 3 colors, pink, blue or black.

A kitchen’s dream, MycroMat is a must-have item for the college-bound back to school crowd, foodies, chefs, moms, football fans, working parents, firefighters, military personnel and more. Whether preparing chili for that tailgate party, popping soup in the microwave before rushing to class or heating up a meal for the kids before going to the office, no one will ever have to worry about burning their hands again. Or, getting freshly heated food dipped onto the oven mitt risking cross-contamination. As frequent microwave users who may need to grab food quickly and go in a moment’s notice, firefighters love using MycroMat.

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Electrifying Jazz in Chicago Tonight: Miles Davis Tribute by The Frank Russell Band

The Frank Russell Band and Special Guests to Salute Miles Davis: The Electric Years for Jazz Appreciation Month at Mayne Stage, April 27th 8 PM

With Dede Sampaio, Dee Alexander and Corey Wilkes

 

CHICAGO Jazz it up tonight with The Frank Russell Band and special guests as they salute jazz master impresario Miles Davis in concert: A Tribute to Miles Davis: The Electric Years,

The Frank Russell Band to Salute Miles Davis - The Electric Years For Jazz Appreciation Month at Mayne Stage Saturday, April 27th at 8pm. Tickets: www.maynestage.com
The Frank Russell Band to Salute Miles Davis – The Electric Years For Jazz Appreciation Month at Mayne Stage Saturday, April 27th at 8pm. Tickets: www.maynestage.com

Saturday, April 27th, 8:00pm at Mayne Stage, 1328 W. Morse Ave.  Chicago’s premiere electric bass player Frank Russell and his band pay homage to the jazz master in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month with a signature song ‘Code M2,” originally penned for Miles Davis by Chicago’s very own Robert Irving and arranged for Frank on his highly acclaimed CD “Circle Without End.”  Joining Frank on stage are Dede Sampaio (Miles Davis Band percussionist), Dee Alexander (jazz vocalist) & young lion trumpeter Corey Wilkes plus surprise guests in what promises to be a memorable performance you won’t want to miss. Opening act: young trumpeter T.L. Williams. Jazz critic Neil Tesser to host; produced by Lynn Orman Weiss, Orman Music Group, sponsored by WDCB Radio, 90.9FM. Tickets are $25 general admission at www.maynestage.com or 773.381.4554.  Valet parking $5.00.

“Miles Davis is one of my biggest influences as a musician,” says Frank Russell. “To get the blessing and support from the Miles Davis family for this concert, there are no words…but that I am blessed and thankful.”

“Uncle Miles always said the funkiest bass players were from Chicago…Frank Russell proves him right.” — Vince Wilburn Jr., Drummer and Nephew of Miles Davis

Frank met Vince Wilburn Jr., Robert Irving III and Randy Hall at the home of drummer Terry Morrisette. “The Miles Davis album “The Man With The Horn” had just come out and these guys on the album were heroes to me,” explains Frank. “They took me right in when they found out I played with the late Ken Chaney who Vince used to play with and he would still come and sit in with us when he was in town. We are like brothers now!”   It is in large part to Vince’s suggestion that the concept for Frank’s acclaimed CD “Circle Without End” was born.

Lakland Bass guitarist Frank Russell, a native of Chicago, started his music career early playing drums, guitar and sax before switching to bass guitar at the age of 14, and has been playing it ever since.  Along the way working or recording with such diverse artists as The Spaniels, Dee Clark, Dee Dee Warwick, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Irving , Art Porter, Alphonse Mouzon, Red Holt, Mike Wolff, Willie Pickens, Peter Erskine, Ken Chaney, Sugar Blue and many others.  Frank has recorded five CDs with acclaimed guitarist, Henry Johnson, whose first CD “You’re the One” garnered a five star rating in Down Beat Magazine, received number one status in radio airplay across the country & was nominated for a Grammy.  Frank has recorded two CDs under his own name.  The first, “Covering All Basses,” where he plays fretless, four and five string and acoustic bass guitars and the latest, “Circle Without End.” Frank is an endorsee and clinician of Lakland Guitars and Gallien-Krueger. He also endorses GHS Strings.

LINKS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4D-dWF6laY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR4zS_9xh24&list=UUTwuy5EnYPcEzA4SwIe4gZw&index=1

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The Frank Russell Band/Tribute to Miles Davis: The Electric Years is April 27

Electrifying Jazz with The Frank Russell Band: Miles Davis Tribute

The Frank Russell Band to Salute Miles Davis - The Electric Years For Jazz Appreciation Month at Mayne Stage Saturday, April 27th at 8pm. Tickets: www.maynestage.com
The Frank Russell Band to Salute Miles Davis – The Electric Years For Jazz Appreciation Month at Mayne Stage Saturday, April 27th at 8pm. Tickets: www.maynestage.com

with Dede Sampaio, Dee Alexander and Corey Wilkes

The Frank Russell Band and special guests salute jazz master impresario Miles Davis in concert: A Tribute to Miles Davis: The Electric Years, on Saturday, April 27th, 8:00pm at Chicago’s boutique venue The Mayne Stage. “Miles Davis is one of my biggest influences as a musician,” says Frank Russell. “To get the blessing and support from the Miles Davis family for this concert, there are no words…but that I am blessed and thankful.” –Frank Russell

Chicago’s premiere electric bass player Frank Russell and his band with special guests Dede Sampaio (Miles Davis Band percussionist), Dee Alexander (jazz vocalist) & young lion trumpeter Corey Wilkes pay homage to the jazz master in celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month. Featuring a signature song ‘Code M2,” originally penned for Miles Davis by Chicago’s Robert Irving and arranged for Frank on his highly acclaimed CD “Circle Without End.”   Opening act: Miles Davis-inspired Trumpeter  T.L. Williams. Jazz critic Neil Tesser to host; produced by Lynn Orman Weiss, Orman Music Group, sponsored by WDCB Radio, 90.9FM.

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Who: The Frank Russell Band/Tribute to Miles Davis: The Electric Years with Dede Sampaio, Dee Alexander and Corey Wilkes. Opening act: Trumpeter T.L. Williams

When: Saturday, April 27 @ 8:00pm; Doors open @ 6:30pm

Where: The Mayne Stage, 1328 West Morse, Chicago, 773.381.4554. Valet Parking $5

Tickets: $25 general admission @ www.maynestage.com or 773.381.4554.

“Uncle Miles always said the funkiest bass players were from Chicago…Frank Russell proves him right.” — Vince Wilburn Jr., Drummer and Nephew of Miles Davis

LINKS:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4D-dWF6laY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kR4zS_9xh24&list=UUTwuy5EnYPcEzA4SwIe4gZw&index=1

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Frank met Vince Wilburn Jr., Robert Irving III and Randy Hall at the home of drummer Terry Morrisette. “The Miles Davis album “The Man With The Horn” had just come out and these guys on the album were heroes to me,” explains Frank. “They took me right in when they found out I played with the late Ken Chaney who Vince used to play with and he would still come and sit in with us when he was in town. We are like brothers now!”   It is in large part to Vince’s suggestion that the concept for Frank’s acclaimed CD “Circle Without End” was born.

Lakland Bass guitarist Frank Russell, a native of Chicago, started his music career early playing drums, guitar and sax before switching to bass guitar at the age of 14, and has been playing it ever since.  Along the way working or recording with such diverse artists as The Spaniels, Dee Clark, Dee Dee Warwick, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Irving , Art Porter, Alphonse Mouzon, Red Holt, Mike Wolff, Willie Pickens, Peter Erskine, Ken Chaney, Sugar Blue and many others.  Frank has recorded five CDs with acclaimed guitarist, Henry Johnson, whose first CD “You’re the One” garnered a five star rating in Down Beat Magazine, received number one status in radio airplay across the country & was nominated for a Grammy.  Frank has recorded two CDs under his own name.  The first, “Covering All Basses,” where he plays fretless, four and five string and acoustic bass guitars and the latest, “Circle Without End.” Frank is an endorsee and clinician of Lakland Guitars and Gallien-Krueger. He also endorses GHS Strings.

For media inquiries, interviews, JPEGS, MP3s contact:

Abbe Sparks, Media Relations: abbe@abbesparksmediarelations.com or 224.567.9166

Lynn Orman Weiss, Producer, Orman Media Group: ormanmusic@gmail.com or 847.452.6469

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Roger Ebert Lives On…

Today in Chicago  is the public service for beloved film critic and media icon Roger Ebert, who will forever be a part of our lives. His many contributions and his legacy live on. This story by Mashable highlights Roger Ebert’s digital legacy. Click the headline below for the full story.

 

Remembering Roger Ebert’s Digital Legacy

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