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Guitarist and composer Dave Miller (Greg Ward’s Rogue Parade, Dustin Laurenzi’s Snaketime, Joe Policastro Trio, Algernon, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls), has been a prominent fixture in the Chicago music scene for nearly two decades. His last record, Old Door Phantoms (ears&eyes Records), hailed by Audiophile Audition as “the multi-genre instrumental album of the year”, as well as “a complex and beautiful piece of work” by New City, explored themes of nature, spirituality, and the human condition through the lens of an instrumental psychedelic garage rock band.
JASMINE + PERONA
Jasmine + Perona puts a different spin on everything from 50’s classics to modern day favorites by combining the smooth vocal stylings of singer, Christa Jasmine with the classical flamenco sounds of guitarist, Jim Perona.
Johanthan Moody has made his vocation, his avocation. As a singing songwriter, his music reflects hope, dreams and reality, in a world that offers nothing less. Moody believes that turning life’s experiences into song makes them last forever and whether good or not, both can be celebrated through music. He embraces his audience in lyrics and melodies, knowing that once we discover ourselves, the world is ours … but we sometimes need a bit of help getting there. A genuine love of people makes him feel that sharing musical moments.
Joshua Uhe is a classical pianist with more than fifteen years of experience at the piano. He received his Bachelor of Music in Piano from Moody Bible Institute, where he studied under Dr. Un-Young Whang. He has collaborated with singers, instrumentalists, and choirs with which he has performed throughout the Chicagoland area, across the U.S., and internationally.
His repertoire includes a variety of genres, including classical, sacred, rags, some jazz, and more.
Jim is a virtuoso instrumental guitarist with an incredibly versatile repertoire set, thanks to his unique ability to arrange contemporary songs for solo guitar. Jim effortlessly switches between Contemporary,
Spanish-Classical and Flamenco guitar music within minutes!
An alternative jazz quintet performing in the area, delights audiences with innovative and alternative music. The musicians come together to create unique and creative sounds, while still reflecting a jazz style. This creative group can be as small as a duo or as large as an sextet. Vocals plus instrumentals calls for an energized fun. ZAZZ melds pop classical, Broadway and jazz into a lively entertaining mix.
Chicago Children’s Choir (CCC)
Chicago Children’s Choir (Josephine Lee, President and Artistic Director) is a non-profit organization that inspires and unites youth from diverse backgrounds to become global citizens through music. Founded in Hyde Park in direct response to the Civil Rights Movement in 1956, CCC has grown from one choir into a vast network of in-school and after-school programs serving nearly 5,000 students across the city of Chicago.
CCC has impacted the lives of more than 50,000 diverse youth throughout its 64-year history. Since its founding, CCC has focused on building programs that reflect the racial and economic diversity of Chicago. Eighty percent of youth served are from low-to-moderate income homes, with over 4,000 students annually participating completely free of charge. All singers in CCC programs receive some level of subsidy. High school seniors enrolled in CCC have a 100% graduation and college acceptance rate, becoming global ambassadors who carry on CCC’s core values in a wide array of professional fields.
The Sounds Good! Choir and The Good Memories Choir
The Sounds Good! Choir is what we do all year long! We are the Chicago area’s largest and fastest-growing choral organization for older adults (55+), with choirs in seven neighborhoods in the city and suburbs. We began our work in the Chicago area as an affiliate of Washington, DC-based Encore Creativity. Now independent, we are grateful to these pioneers in the field who championed the concept of daytime choirs for older adults under the direction of professional artists.
The Good Memories Choir is a fun, upbeat community where people with
early-stage memory loss and their care partners sing together, enjoying familiar music that they love. Our professional conductors and pianists make it fun. No audition, no pressure – just a great time. Choir members include people with memory loss, their care partners, and volunteers.
No musical experience or training is needed. We welcome anyone living with Alzheimer’s or another dementia who can attend the structured weekly rehearsals and, best of all, wants to make great music and new friends!