Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues feat. Ernie Watts and Special Appearance by Goran Ivanovic - 7PM - 3/1/20Sunday, March 01 2020 5:00 PM Doors / 7:00 PM Start
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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues feat. Ernie Watts and Special Appearance by Goran Ivanovic - 7PM - 3/1/20
at City Winery Chicago
- 5:00 PM
- 7:00 PM
Two-time GRAMMY winning legend, Jazz music icon, Ernie Watts is considered by All About Jazz to be: "one of the greatest living saxophonists at the top of his game.” Watts joins forces with Blues Hall of Fame legend Corky Siegel and his “ dazzling, outrageously fun" Chamber Blues Revue and includes Jazz guitar virtuoso, Goran Ivanovic for the first time.
Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty-five years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa.
What Other People Have Been Saying…
“If you haven't become a fan of Ernie Watts yet, it's time to get on the bandwagon. His savvy, tasteful, fully flowered music stands apart from his contemporaries, previous masters, and those burgeoning players claiming Coltrane as a major influence. In short, he's the very best at what he does -- which in itself is a proven, time-tested commodity." - All Music Review
After a performance of Chamber Blues at the famed Minneapolis Dakota Jazz Club the Pioneer Press begged the reader; "...do your eyes and ears a favor, go see this show … " And they went on to say; [Chamber Blues] "… had otherwise dignified people stomping their feet and letting out whoops of sheer joy." The Star Tribune says: "(Ernie) Watts and (Corky) Siegel Excite the Audience ... more than one standing ovation during the unforgettable evening."
Corky Siegel is of course, the Chamber Blues progenitor, co-founder of the Siegel-Schwall Band, and member of the all-star Chicago Blues Reunion. He is the 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.
One of the most versatile, skilled, and curious musicians in Jazz is guitarist Goran Ivanovic, a Croatian born Chicagoan, who has a career built upon exploration, which makes him a perfect fit for the eclectic stylings of the ever evolving Chamber Blues ensemble. It is easy to get lost in Ivanovic’s dazzling technique called: “jaw-dropping precision” by New City Music. The Chicago Sun Times declares that Goran is instantly “...recognized for his virtuosity" and that he can take even the “ trickiest of hairpin turns (in performance) on a stage."
About Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues
Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, with the West End String Quartet, and Kalyan “Johnny Bongo” Pathak virtuoso on world percussion, blends classical and blues styles in a chamber music setting. This ground breaking innovative sound has earned tremendous acclaim throughout the country and continues to open new doors for classical and blues/jazz listeners alike.
Siegel has earned an international reputation as one of the world’s great blues harmonica masters. He is a composer, blues pianist, singer / songwriter, and recent winner of the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest/Meet the Composer’s National Award for chamber music composition and the Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Award for Music Composition, Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award, and Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.
Corky Siegel’s career began with a fortunate break when he formed the legendary Siegel-Schwall Band that toured the major rock palaces and clubs in the 60’s and 70’s. Since then, this brilliant harmonica player has worked with a diverse array of artists, from renowned Indian violinist Dr. L. Subramaniam to being a guest soloist with symphony orchestras world-wide.
What Other People Have Been Saying...
“Gritty Chicago blues and rarefied classical chamber music might not seem like a match made in heaven — until you’ve heard Corky Siegel bring the two together … a crowning achievement.” – Chicago Tribune
“… Fantastic … I’ve never heard anyone play harp with this much body and harmonic delicacy … I guarantee you’ve never heard anything quite like it.” – Stereophile Magazine