Chicago's rising jazz stars converge at The Livery June 23rd.
(Published: June 07, 2012)
Chicago, IL - Stellar jazz vocalist Elaine Dame conjoins with rising star Chris Greene and his quartet for their first ever convergence at The Livery on Saturday, June 23rd at 8pm. The Chris Greene Quartet (CGQ) will celebrate the release of their new "live" album: A Group Effort which was recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience at Mayne Stage last October in Chicago. CGQ, "a musical force to be reckoned with," is Chris Greene (leader, composer, saxophones) with Damian Espinosa on piano, Marc Piane on bass and Steve Corley on drums.
The Livery audiences know Ms. "Dame has quietly risen to the top rank of Chicago jazz singers, with a light and cheerful timbre and musicality that allows her to improvise things most singers shouldn't even try" (Neil Tesser, Author, Playboy Guide to Jazz.) What could be better than two great forces of nature coming together to create one brilliant evening of jazz? Experience Elaine Dame + CGQ together, live at the THE LIVERY MICROBREWERY, located at 190 5th street, in Benton Harbor, Michigan. This is a 21 and over show, and tickets are $10. For more information call 269.925.8760 or visit http://liverybrew.com.
Whenever the Chris Greene Quartet takes the stage, jazz and rock listeners notice something immediately: they're sitting next to each other, and that doesn't happen all that often on today's scene. As jazz strives to find new audiences, the CGQ is already admired for its ability to "cross over" and reach music-lovers raised on pop - but without "selling out" the formative principles of the jazz tradition. It's no wonder that they would be drawn to a musician like Elaine Dame. "Elaine is a traditional jazz singer in the best sense of the term. She's obviously put a lot of time and effort into studying history's great female jazz singers. AND, like her idols, she's able to infuse the Great American Songbook with her unique interpretations, personality and style. It certainly doesn't hurt that she's a wonderful musician, a sweet person...and easy on the eyes. CGQ is looking forward to this collaboration immensely!" says Chris Greene.
Ms. Dame explains "I first met and heard Chris when he stopped by a jazz jam that I was hosting. Not only was he incredibly warm, charming and likable, he was a helluva musician. I could tell that he had a kind and giving spirit, so when the opportunity arose to perform with him (and his crew of phenomenal instrumentalists) I jumped at the chance. Since both of us had performed at The Livery and really loved the venue, and because I am from the area, it seemed like the perfect place for our debut collaboration."
Chicago Jazz Magazine wrote in 2009 "...it was apparent that Dame offered optimism, enthusiasm, and joy for both her partners and the jazz standards they played together. This musical attitude was just as appealing as her considerable vocal and flute playing skills." A collaboration with Chris Greene would be an obvious eventual choice for her. "At their live concert recorded at the Mayne Stage, I was so impressed by CGQ's indisputable musicianship and the ease with which they interacted musically; clearly, they are a tight-knit group. I liked the discernible melodies of their originals, and the group's mastery of so many styles and grooves; they are clearly sensitive players, and I knew that we would jive, both musically and personally. Plus, it's no secret that Chris is really easy on the eyes." winks Ms. Dame.
Veteran jazz critic Neil Tesser writes in the liner notes to A Group Effort, "... saxophonist Chris Greene and his simpatico teammates demonstrate their spirited approach to the jazz conundrum: How to keep the music fresh and new, without resorting to foolishness that dilutes the idiom's power and promise? For Greene, the answer lies in using familiar materials - the funk and hip-hop he heard growing up - as a bridge to younger listeners looking for more." -for Ms. Dame TimeOut Chicago believes it's her "...winning stage presence and a chameleon-like vocal flexibility." In any case, broad and diverse audiences are sure to be drawn in and wowed as these two share the stage this June 23rd.
THE LIVERY MICROBREWERY, located at 190 5th street, in the Arts District of downtown Benton Harbor, Michigan, features 12 taps of microbrew, 3 real ale taps, an outdoor beer garden, WIFI, and a café serving great food. Music and other live entertainment are regularly featured in The Upper Livery entertainment venue. For more information call 269.925.8760 or visit http://liverybrew.com. Visit Elaine Dame's website at http://www.elainedame.com for more on her, as well as her complete calendar of events, and http://www/chrisgreenejaz... for more on Chris Greene, CGQ and links to purchase the new CD.
More Information: http://chrisgreenejazz.com