with guest vocalist
"I'd rather listen to [Madsen] than most other players out there right now"
-- Wynton Marsalis
Chris Madsen - tenor saxophone
Tim Fitzgerald - guitar
Abigail Riccards - vocals
Jazz saxophonist Christopher Madsen is one of the most in-demand figures in the Chicago jazz world as a performer, composer, and pedagogue. He serves as full-time jazz faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago, jazz faculty at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL, and was Coordinator of Jazz Studies at Northwestern University (Evanston, IL) from 2008-2014.
He is a sought-after jazz clinician, adjudicating at jazz festivals and offering workshops to ensembles of all ages and levels from across the globe. He is a Vandoren Performing Artist, and has also contributed jazz articles to The Instrumentalist magazine and been interviewed on several radio broadcasts about jazz history and his performing career.
As a leader and sideman, Madsen’s discography is extensive. He has released five albums as a leader since 2004 and can be heard as a player and composer on countless additional releases with artists such as Michael Dease, Marquis Hill, and Jeff Hamilton. He has performed at jazz festivals and live music venues domestically as well as in Japan, Spain, and Costa Rica.
The Chris Madsen trio brings its unique take on American Songbook standards to Winter's Jazz Club; the saxophone/organ/drums combination providing a different texture in which to interpret the classic songs written between the 1920s and 1960s. All members of the trio aim to counterbalance understatement and nuance with rhythmic, harmonic, and lyrical flights of fancy in their own distinct ways.
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JazzTimes magazine describes vocalist Typhanie Monique as a “modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne.” Music lovers in her hometown of Chicago and throughout the Midwest know her as that region’s local favorite—warm, soulful and charismatic.
Typhanie is a performer, educator and recording artist whose three critically acclaimed, independently produced albums have captured the ears of Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich and thousands of dedicated fans. She has shared the stage with jazz’s elite, including Joe Lovano, Chris Potter,The Manhattan Transfer and Mavis Staples.
A bold, engaging performer with the ability to reach straight to the heart of her listeners,Typhanie has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues, including Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and CityWinery,Smalls Jazz Club in NewYork,The Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis and The Dakota in Minneapolis. She has enthralled audiences and brought enthusiastic crowds to their feet at major outdoor festivals like Taste of Chicago and the Chicago Jazz Festival.
Typhanie’s long-awaited album CALL IT MAGIC reflects her focused passion as a vocalist and her hard-won maturity as a human being. Envisioned as a conversation and a journey, the album pairs jazz and pop standards with originals penned by Typhanie in a call-and-response of hard-hitting emotion and thoughtful reflection. Over the course of 10 tracks,Typhanie reveals her vocal depth and versatility as she transports listeners down the rough roads of love, struggle, heartbreak, acceptance and rebirth.
Featuring guest contributions from clarinetists Ken Peplowski and Victor Goines, B-3 organist Tony Monaco and tenor saxophonist Joel Frahm, CALL IT MAGIC was made with Grammy-recognized producer Jeff Levenson.
An in-demand educator and vocal coach, Monique served on the adjudication panel of the 2015 Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition. She has studied privately with leg- endary vocalists Bobby McFerrin, Shelia Jordan and the late Mark Murphy, and consid- ers herself a lifelong student of the art of singing.