Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues & Lynne Jordan - 7/6/18Friday, July 06 2018 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 10:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues & Lynne Jordan - 7/6/18
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:00 PM
- 8:00 PM
- 10:30 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
Corky Siegel's Chamber Blues
Few can claim to have forged an entirely original genre of music. in 1966, Corky Siegel did just that with the help of world renown Classical Maestro Seiji Ozawa who came into a famed Chicago Blues club discovered the blues harmonica virtuoso and suggested a collaboration. Guiding the blues of Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters out of the smoky cavern of Big John’s and onto the stages of the Chicago Symphony, New York Philharmonic and beyond, the harmonica-playing mad scientist had the tuxedo-and-gown crowd on its feet, clamoring for more of this blues-classical alchemy. These days, the harmonica virtuoso and composer is continent-hopping with Indian percussion and string quartet in Corky Siegel’s Chamber Blues, continuing to bring classical and blues fans shoulder-to-shoulder, and obliterating musical categorization in the process.
Chamber Blues is celebrating more than 30 years of performances that have brought this original genre to great success, all with returns, at the prestigious Aspen Music Festival, Canada’s Banff Centre, and the Montreal International Jazz Festival, France’s premier Blues Festival, Blues Sur Seine, The Grand Teton Music Festival, tours throughout Mexico in palatial concert venues, Hawaiian, U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and the great concert halls throughout the United States such as Chicago’s Symphony Center.
This journey has included countless radio and TV credits such as NPR’s Weekend Edition, Morning Edition, All Thing’s Considered, West Coast Live, major motion pictures, ABC-TV, and featured in such wildly diverse industry music pantheons as: Jazziz, Chamber Music America, and Blues Revue magazines. They have enjoyed collaborating with diverse guests like multi-instrumentalist jazz great Howard Levy, Jazz Icon Ernie Watts, vocal R and B star Marcella Detroit, and folk-roots rising stars Sons of the Never Wrong.
Along the way Corky Siegel has enjoyed receiving honors such as the French Government’s Grand Prix du Disque, a Chicago Music Lifetime Achievement Award, and one of the most prestigious NEA awards for classical composition, Meet The Composer, whose list of recipients are considered among the top composers of our day such as Phillip Glass, John Cage, Robert Reich and Meredith Monk.
It’s not surprising then that Corky Siegel would be probably the only Bluesman on prestigious classical label Deutsche Grammophon, and his classical chamber ensemble is unique to premier Blues label, Alligator Records distributed world-wide by WEA.
What’s new on the horizon? A major documentary film, “Born in Chicago” will be released in theaters and along with Corky Siegel and members of Chamber Blues featuring: Jack White, Bob Dylan, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Rolling Stones, Hubert Sumlin, and many critical music icons. Chamber Blues has completed their 4th CD "Different Voices (25th for Corky) and it is scheduled for release in February 2017. They continue to bring their infectious joyful original celebration of Chicago Blues with a quartet of supreme classical virtuosos in concert with one of it’s most beloved Bluesmen, Corky Siegel.
In 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 late Chicago film critic Roger Ebert declared her his “favorite diva.” Backed by her sizzling band The Shivers, Jordan quickly developed into a Chicago institution, playing jazz and blues clubs, swanky lounges and even the charity circuit throughout the country. She brought her special brand of storytelling, raw humor and performance to New York and Atlanta with her sold-out show, “A Musical Tribute To Nina Simone.”
Although Jordan’s nuanced singing and standout style echo Simone’s musical legacy, the singer’s warmth and grace point to her Midwest upbringing. Growing up in Dayton Ohio, Jordan came from a family of church-going singers who encouraged humility. She down-played her big voice until she was singled out to star in school musicals. From then on, there was no way to hide her gifts. Arriving in Chicago to study at Northwestern University, Jordan promptly changed her major from journalism to theater and has been performing non-stop ever since. She performed as an Arts Ambassador representing the City of Chicago in Moscow and Kyiv and has graced stages throughout Europe and South America and is currently featured in the Jazz Opera, “Don’t Worry, Be HaRpy” by French composer Isabelle Olivier. The cast of four U.S. singers and an all-French orchestra triumphed but the real challenge for Lynne was when she portrayed all four characters in a solo tour de force performance. “I was terrified at first, but the experience was exhilarating!” The show returned to Paris for a third tour in June 2016. She has released two CD’s to date and is featured on recordings by Tom Waits, Urge Overkill and several compilations, most notably a tribute to Janis Joplin: “Blues Down Deep: Songs of Janis Joplin” which also featured Etta James, Otis Clay, Taj Mahal & Koko Taylor.
Boasting an effervescent selection of music and stories for her Nina Simone tribute, Jordan sold out Chicago’s City Winery and did the same in New York and Atlanta. “For so long, I was told to nail my music to a genre or language and like her, I never did. I will sing in English, French, Hebrew or Japanese. It’s the song and the story that matters. To me, she represents the indie spirit of individuality and inclusiveness.” Showcasing all that individuality, Jordan offers up an eclectic array of music to the audience as they get to experience the multi-faceted diva glory—alongside the excellent musicianship and energy of her band the Shivers – which Chicago has been enjoying for decades. She has written a one woman show with LA playwright Andrew Barrett. A GREAT BIG DIVA and reading from the script in December 2017.