Ryan Kisor featuring, Scott Hesse, Mitch Towne and George Fludas, Thursday May 23, 2019

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$5.00 Music fee for College Students, must show student I.D. when you arrive

When purchasing music tickets this will guarantee your seat and its general admission.  No need to print your tickets, we will have your name on our reservation list.

6:30pm Show | 60-70 minute performance | Doors open at 5pm |

Food and Beverages will be served from 5pm -7:30pm

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8:30pm Show | 60-70 minute performance | Doors open at 8:00pm |

Food and Beverages will be served from 8:00pm -10:00pm

Ryan Kisor – Trumpet

Mitch Towne – Organ

Scott Hesse – Guitar

George Fludas – Drums

 

 RYAN KISOR – TRUMPET

 

Ryan Kisor was born on April 12, 1973 in Sioux City, Iowa, and began playing trumpet at age four. In 1990 he won first prize at the Thelonious Monk Institute’s first annual Louis Armstrong Trumpet Competition.

Kisor has been a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra since 1994. He has performed and/or recorded with the Mingus Big Band, the Gil Evans Orchestra, Horace Silver, Gerry Mulligan, and Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Philip Morris Jazz All-Stars, and others. In addition to being an active sideman, Kisor has recorded several albums as a leader including Battle Cry (1997), The Usual Suspects (1998), and Point of Arrival (2000).

MITCH TOWNE – ORGAN

Mitch Towne is a keyboardist and touring musician, and is widely considered as the “go-to” Hammond organist in the Midwest. His ability to move seamlessly between diverse styles has made him a sought-after side-man with artists as varied as jazz/R&B artist and Grammy-winning producer Terrace Martin, jazz heavyweights Ryan Kisor, Dave Stryker and Adam Larson, blues artists Eric Gales and Ben Poole, and multi-platinum artist Aloe Blacc. In 2015, Towne played organ on the track “Push” for the album “Velvet Portraits” by Terrace Martin, which was nominated for a 2016 Grammy for “Best R&B” album.

GEORGE FLUDAS – DRUMS

Chicago bass drummer George Fludas has performed with notable jazz greats Ray Brown, Cedar Walton, Benny Green, Roy Hargrove, Tommy Flanagan, Hank Jones, Diana Krall, Betty Carter, Phil Woods and Joey DeFrancesco.

SCOTT HESSE – GUITAR

Guitarist Scott Hesse is a well-respected figure in the Chicago jazz community. Known especially for his harmonic and rhythmic inventiveness, Scott is equally at home in straight-ahead or avant garde settings. Since moving to Chicago in 2005, Scott has played at every major jazz venue in the area. He’s also been featured in several jazz festivals throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.

As a leader, Scott has recorded four projects: Intuition (1998), The Flame Within the Fire (2000), Music Speaks (2008), and The Stillness of Motion (2015), and appears on more than fifty others as a sideman. Currently, Scott is involved in a number of groups including Dee Alexander’s Evolution Ensemble, the Geof Bradfield Quartet, and the Victor Garcia Organ Group. Scott is also preparing new music with his current group featuring Geof Bradfield on reeds, Dana Hall on drums, and Clark Sommers on bass.

In addition to performing, Scott is an avid composer and music educator. Since 2007, Scott has led the guitar program at Eastern Illinois University. In 2009, he joined the faculty at Harold Washington College in Chicago. Recently, Scott became a member of the jazz faculty at DePaul University where he teaches jazz history and applied lessons in improvisation.

 

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