Dec
26
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas performing with the Eric Hochberg Trio

Michele Thomas performs with the Eric Hochberg Trio at Catch 35!

Tuesdays through Saturdays, The Eric Hochberg Trio, featuring Steve Million on piano with saxophonist Mark Colby and a variety of Chicago’s finest horn players, guitarists and vocalists > 6:00-9:00PM, Catch 35 Chicago, 35 W Wacker Dr., Chicago, IL

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Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Michele Thomas performing with Jeff Hedberg and C11

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Jeff Hedberg and C11 bring the swinging West-Coast "Dek-tette" music of Marty Paich back to Chicago's top listening room.

The C11 is back on stage at Chicago's legendary Jazz Showcase! Next Wednesday night, the band hits @ 8. Special guest vocalist, Michele Thomas will join the ensemble to perform some charts that were originally recorded by the great Audrey Morris in 1956, with the great Marty Paich.  Paich's arrangements were for string quartet, trumpet and rhythm section. They've been rescored to match C11's "Dek-tette" instrumentation.

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Jul
22
4:00 PM16:00

Ending Sexual Violence: A Jazz Benefit For Rape Victim Advocates

Please join for a musical afternoon of jazz fellowship to benefit Chicago’s Rape Victim Advocates. Featuring a line-up of incredible Chicago jazz musicians and continuous live music all afternoon, the benefit will also feature raffle prizes and phenomenal silent auction items.

Chicago Theater Works has a full bar and there will be snacks provided. The venue is located just a few short blocks from the Belmont Red Line on the west side of the street. There is parking on Belmont as well.

Rape Victim Advocates (RVA) is an independent, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the healing and empowerment of sexual assault survivors through non-judgmental crisis intervention counseling, individual and group trauma therapy, and medical and legal advocacy in the greater Chicago metropolitan area. RVA provides public education and institutional advocacy in order to improve the treatment of sexual assault survivors and to effect positive change in policies and public attitudes toward sexual assault. www.rapevictimadvocates.org Participating musicians include Chris Greene, Arlene Bardelle, Tammy McCann, Jeannie Tanner, Tom Hope, Bethany Pickens, Chris Madsen, Neal Alger, Bill Overton, Rose Colella, Hinda Hoffman, Damian Espinosa, Leslie Beukelman, Darren Scorza, Emma Dayhuff, Jeremy Kahn, Alyssa Allgood, Steve Gibons, Sarah Marie Young, Bob Rummage, Russ Philips, Michele Thomas, Art Davis, Eric Schneider, Chris Bernhardt, Christy Bennett, Stacy McMichael, Ethan Philion, Margaret Murphy-Webb, Chuck Webb, Frieda Lee, Chad McCollough, Sam Peters, Billy Denk, Guy King, Paul Abella, Libby York, Typhanie Monique, Ben Lewis, Yvonne Faddis-Stroud, Lynn Jordan, Dana Hall, Andy Pratt and Jo Ann Daugherty. For raffle item and silent auction donations, please contact Elaine Dame at elaine_dame@hotmail.com

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Jun
29
7:30 PM19:30

Michele Thomas in a Musical Dedication to Jon Hendricks: The Poet Laureate of Jazz featuring Alyssa Allgood and Jeff Hedberg

For tickets go to: https://www.wintersjazzclub.com/michele-thomas

Jazz vocalist Michele Thomas will present a concert of music exploring the lyric writing of the late great Jon Hendricks.  The performance will reflect on the history of jazz vocalese and Mr. Hendricks’ elevation of the art form as well as fresh arrangements of some of his most classic pieces and some of his lesser known compositions. Joining Michele will also be special guests vocalists Alyssa Allgood and Jeff Hedberg of the C'11 Dek-tette lending their voices to a harmonious and scat filled evening! The audience will also be provided with an interactive program of the concert music online where they can further discover the melange of composers, improvisers and recordings that Jon Hendricks drew his inspiration from.

Hendricks, who is famous for perfecting the art of "vocalese",  is known for his extended lyrical contributions to a plethora of jazz classics such as “Summertime”, “Centerpiece” & “Moanin'’” as well as the songs that are so regularly performed in the jazz idiom like "Social Call" and "One Note Samba" - not to mention some of his lesser known originals like "Minor Catastrophe" and the uplifting, "Love Makes the World Go Round".

From Jon Hendricks biography...
"Jon Hendricks is not only one of the world's favorite jazz vocalists, but is widely considered to be the "Father of Vocalese", the greatest innovator of the art form. Vocalese is the art of setting lyrics to recorded jazz instrumental standards (such as the big band arrangements of Duke Ellington and Count Basie), then arranging voices to sing the parts of the instruments. Thus is created an entirely new form of the work, one that tells a lyrically interesting story while retaining the integrity of the music. Hendricks is the only person many jazz greats have allowed to lyricize their music, for no one writes hipper, wittier, or more touching words, while extracting from a tune the emotions intended by the composer, more sympathetically than Hendricks. For his work as a lyricist, jazz critic and historian Leonard Feather called him the "Poet Laureate of Jazz" while Time dubbed him the "James Joyce of Jive.""

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Apr
26
8:30 PM20:30

Michele Thomas performing at Constellation with The Clif Wallace Quartet

Clif Wallace’s versatility as a drummer/band leader can easily be parallel with his love for music of all genres. In his latest project, Clif lead his Quintet blending new original compositions with hip arrangements of music that he pairs with nostalgic events in his personal life. This performance will be Clif Wallace and his quintet’s Constellation debut and it will sure be a performance that will be filled with forward thinking musical excitement that may also have you floating a bit down memory lane.

Clif Wallace – drums
Michele Thomas – vocals
Justin Copeland – trumpet
Lenard Simpson – alto saxophone
Richard Johnson – piano
Jeremiah Hunt – bass

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Michele Thomas performing at The Promontory
Apr
19
7:00 PM19:00

Michele Thomas performing at The Promontory

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Michele Thomas opens for R&B recording artist, Terisa Griffin at The Promontory, Thursday, April 19th.

Midwest Friendship Movement presents LOVE SONGS and POEMS featuring Terisa Griffin and spoken word artists.

Terisa Griffin is a singer, musician, songwriter, producer and international entertainer, known for he dynamic one woman shows, her success on The Voice, and her dynamic albums. Cultivating a deep richness in R&B, Soul, Gospel, House and Jazz music, she has become one of the most sought after vocalist in the music business.

For tickets got to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/terisa-griffin-love-songs-and-poems-tickets-44275520273

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Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Naperville

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to Pete Miller's in Evanston in March! The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz. Michele’s performances, like her music itself, are deep and emotional - blending genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk and using her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people.  These performances hearken back to the sensibility of Sarah Vaughan, the atmospheric arrangements of Cassandra Wilson and fervent lyricism of Bill Withers.

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Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Naperville

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to Pete Miller's in Evanston in March! The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz. Michele’s performances, like her music itself, are deep and emotional - blending genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk and using her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people.  These performances hearken back to the sensibility of Sarah Vaughan, the atmospheric arrangements of Cassandra Wilson and fervent lyricism of Bill Withers.

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Mar
17
7:00 PM19:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Evanston

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to Pete Miller's in Evanston in March! The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz. Michele’s performances, like her music itself, are deep and emotional - blending genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk and using her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people.  These performances hearken back to the sensibility of Sarah Vaughan, the atmospheric arrangements of Cassandra Wilson and fervent lyricism of Bill Withers.

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Mar
16
7:00 PM19:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Evanston

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to Pete Miller's in Evanston in March! The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz. Michele’s performances, like her music itself, are deep and emotional - blending genres of jazz and soul together with elements of folk and using her voice and songwriting to stir something deeper within people.  These performances hearken back to the sensibility of Sarah Vaughan, the atmospheric arrangements of Cassandra Wilson and fervent lyricism of Bill Withers.

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Feb
16
8:30 PM20:30

Michele Thomas performing at Hungry Brain with Saint Bottleneck

Saint Bottleneck is a moody, roots and blues band. Their sound snakes up from the funky New Orleans swamp, on through the delta, and finally coils in the Chicago blues scene. Band members Michele Thomas and Steve Asma have years of experience, playing with such greats as Buddy Guy and Bo Diddley.

https://saintbottleneck.bandcamp.com/

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Jan
31
10:00 PM22:00

Michele Thomas performing at Bordel

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Michele Thomas makes her return appearance at the critically acclaimed Bordel in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Michele will be featured with Bordel's house band, "Whet Dreams" headed up by drummer Jonathan Marks.

Wednesday nights is SPEAKEASY at Bordel, a new secret music spot above the Black Bull restaurant. "The tucked-away bar above Black Bull is home to old school cocktails and some awesome flamenco music." ~ Carrie Schedler, Chicago Magazine

Free Admission (but reservations are strongly suggested - just go to: http://www.bordelchicago.com)

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Jan
27
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Naperville

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to the newly opened Naperville location of Pete Miller's where the restaurant offers private event space for groups of 12 to 70 and live jazz seven nights a week. The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz.

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Jan
26
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at Pete Miller's Naperville

The Michele Thomas Quartet returns to the newly opened Naperville location of Pete Miller's where the restaurant offers private event space for groups of 12 to 70 and live jazz seven nights a week. The daughter of a preacher, Chicago singer Michele Thomas brings an irresistible gospel-soul warmth to jazz.

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Michele Thomas performing at Perry's for NYE!
Dec
31
6:00 PM18:00

Michele Thomas performing at Perry's for NYE!

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Michele Thomas debuts at Perry's in Oakbrook! Come experience the sounds of live jazz music at Perry’s Bar 79 for your New Year's Eve celebration! We invite you to sit back, relax and enjoy all Perry’s has to offer. Experience the signature taste of Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille at Oakbrook Center, located right next to Neiman Marcus and just minutes from downtown Chicago. Enjoy an elegant meal in front of the towering wine wall, host an event in one of our five private dining rooms, or simply enjoy a drink on the outdoor patio.

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Michele Thomas Quartet performing at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Dec
29
7:00 PM19:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

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 The Michele Thomas Quartet makes their debut at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant for an extended residency through December! This quartet performs contemporary jazz, R&B, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, keyboardist Matt Nelson and bassist Bob Lovecchio. These long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger” - a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

The Michele Thomas Quartet makes their debut at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant for an extended residency through December! This quartet performs contemporary jazz, R&B, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, keyboardist Matt Nelson and bassist Bob Lovecchio. These long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger” - a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

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Michele Thomas performing at Bordel
Dec
27
10:30 PM22:30

Michele Thomas performing at Bordel

  • Bordel (above the Black Bull Restaurant) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
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Michele Thomas makes her return appearance at the critically acclaimed Bordel in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood. Michele will be featured with Bordel's house band, "Whet Dreams" headed up by Jonathan Marks.

Wednesday nights is SPEAKEASY at Bordel, a new secret music spot above the Black Bull restaurant. Conceptualized and designed by Daniel Alonso and the Bonhomme Hospitality Group (Black Bull, Celeste, Disco, Fulton Market Kitchen), Bordel is a hidden, craft cocktail bar inspired by Paris' Belle Époque and Chicago's Prohibition Era. Distinguished by eclectic interiors and a weekly theater of varieties, featuring a rotating cast of jazz musicians, burlesque performers, magicians, cabaret dancers, and more, Bordel has become one of Chicago's favorite speakeasies.

For reservations go to: http://www.bordelchicago.com/

 

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Michele Thomas Quartet performing at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant
Dec
23
7:00 PM19:00

Michele Thomas Quartet performing at The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant

  • The Chicago Firehouse Restaurant (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
 The Michele Thomas Quartet makes their debut at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant for an extended residency through December! This quartet performs contemporary jazz, R&B, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, keyboardist Matt Nelson and bassist Bob Lovecchio. These long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger” - a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

The Michele Thomas Quartet makes their debut at the Chicago Firehouse Restaurant for an extended residency through December! This quartet performs contemporary jazz, R&B, and pop-influenced ensemble featuring the talents of singer/songwriter Michele Thomas, drummer Darren Scorza, guitarist Neal Alger, keyboardist Matt Nelson and bassist Bob Lovecchio. These long time friends and collaborators have performed together on various projects including the most recent release from Michele Thomas called “Messenger” - a collection of Stevie Wonder songs treated with new and imaginative arrangements by Thomas, Scorza and Alger. Expect the kind unapologetic and joyous grooves inspired by artists like Jon Batiste & Stay Human, thinly veiled in the jazz-funk of Herbie Hancock and fortified with the soulful lyricism of Bill Withers.

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