Pre-Blues Fest Bash: Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and surprises! - 6/6/19Thursday, June 06 2019 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 10:00 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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Pre-Blues Fest Bash: Chicago Blues Hall of Famer Corky Siegel, Chamber Blues, Lynne Jordan, Toronzo Cannon and surprises! - 6/6/19
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
- 10:00 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
Kicking off the Chicago Blues Festival at City Winery Chicago: Blues Hall of Fame harp ace Corky Siegel, vocal diva Lynne Jordan, and guitar wiz /vocalist Toronzo Cannon on Alligator Records.
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame harp ace, Corky Siegel, is of course the prescient Chamber Blues progenitor, co-founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band. He is the national award-winning composer (of chamber and symphonic music) who, at a very young age, learned his craft at the feet of such legendary first generation bluesmen as Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. With his band Siegel-Schwall, he is credited with moving the blues from smokey clubs onto the classical symphony concert stage and obliterating musical categorization in the process. His recent Chamber Blues release, Different Voices, received Downbeat Magazine’s Editor’s Pick for Best CD calling Siegel; “A national treasure.”
In Chicago, a city brimming with classic blues and jazz divas, Lynne Jordan stands apart. Not only do her soaring vocals dip effortlessly into blues, jazz, funk, rock and even country, but her bawdy personality wins over any crowd. Her talent so dazzled the Second City, that the renown late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert declared her his “favorite diva.” Lynne recently brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor and performance to New York and Atlanta with sold-out shows. Blues harp legend and piano man, Corky Siegel, has written lush arrangements for his string virtuosos who are joined by Aretha Franklin’s favorite percussionist, Kalyan Pathak. Kalyan performed RnB percussion chair on all 22 songs with a host of International stars, and all 9 hours during her televised memorial.
Alligator Record's Toronzo Cannon, is celebrated as the most acclaimed next generation bluesman, who quickly skyrocketed from local hero, to national star. CNN recently filmed Cannon leading a tour of Chicago Blues Clubs, broadcasting the piece around the world. He has a breakthrough recording, on Alligator Records, The Chicago Way, and has received seven Blues Music Award nominations. Cannon will ignite the all-star line up with his incendiary guitar work and "razor sharp and compelling forceful singing.” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE
The award winning Chamber Blues ensemble celebrates a 33rd anniversary. The ensemble includes international world-class artists; Jaime Gorgojo (from Spain) on first violin, Chihsuan Yang (from Taiwan) on second violin and Chinese erhu, Aurelien Pederzoli (from France) on viola, Jocelyn Shoulders on cello, and world percussion virtuoso Kalyan Pathak (from India) hailed as “fleet finger virtuosity” on tabla, by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE.
“ CHAMBER BLUES LEAVES YOU SPEECHLESS. Corky Siegel stole my tongue with the kind of blues harmonica that had otherwise dignified people stomping their feet and letting out whoops of joy. Chamber Blues has married Muddy Waters and Mozart with this amazing combination of blues and classical that dazzled the audience. Do your eyes and ears a favor - go and see this show." - ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS
“CORKY SIEGEL is a phenomenon on harmonica.” - WASHINGTON POST “The real deal.” - LOS ANGELES TIMES
“LYNNE JORDAN is a high-voltage blues-belter who blends the bawdy humor of Bette Midler with a gospel-tinged delivery reminiscent of Patti LaBelle.” -CHICAGO TRIBUNE
TORONZO CANNON: ”Deep contemporary Chicago blues - razor-sharp and compelling forceful singing..” - CHICAGO TRIBUNE