Performs Charlie Brown's All Stars
The Music of Vince Guaraldi + other baseball hits!
featuring Wayne Messmer
Chris White "is a musician with an inherent interest in exploring greater depths and intersections. He doesn't just stand still or get all too comfortable with where he's at. Here is a musician who clearly has a genuine interest in furthering his art."
-- 2008 review from Chicago Jazz magazine
Chris White - piano
Wayne Messmer - vocals
Sean Jacobi - bass
Ryan Jacobi - drums
Jazz and baseball, two of America's greatest art forms, come together for one evening at Winter's. "Swing" along with Chris and his trio as they celebrate Vince Guaraldi's music from "Charlie Brown's All Stars" and other baseball related jazz favorites.
The "All Stars" was the next special to follow the wildly successful "A Charlie Brown Christmas," and featured Guaraldi classics such as "Baseball Theme," "Rain, Rain Go Away," "Pebble Beach" and more. The trio will recreate these memorable songs, along with additional baseball themes from the jazz repertoire
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Pianist Chris White hails from Toronto, Canada. After obtaining a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto, Chris decided to focus his studies entirely on music. In 1997 he attended Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music and pursued his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, graduating with a Phi Kappa Lambda award (National Music Honors Society) and was elected to the Who’s Who of American College Students in 1999.
Gaining valuable experience in Indianapolis, he performed with The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and Oliver Nelson, Jr. He has studied piano with Luke Gillespie, Lynne Arriale, Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris and Andy LaVerne. In August 2000 Chris was invited to perform in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia hosted by James Moody, Rufus Reid and David Baker.
Currently he is an instructor of jazz piano and theory at Lake Forest College, North Park University and North Central College. Chris is a busy freelance musician in the Chicago area, and has performed at The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, The House of Blues, Navy Pier, The Peninsula Hotel, the Coq D’or at the Drake Hotel and many more. He is a member of the Paul Marinaro Trio.
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Wayne Messmer grew up as a “city kid” on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Always practicing “opportunity management” he positioned himself in the right place at the right time for 99% of his life. As the volunteer P.A. Announcer for the Loyola University Hockey Team, the tape recording of the National Anthem broke before a game was about to start, so Wayne stepped up and took the challenge, and the microphone and sang it himself. Messmer’s extraordinary singing career started that very day at a college hockey game… and the rest was history.
As the celebrated National Anthem soloist with the Chicago Blackhawks at the old Chicago Stadium, for 13 seasons in the NHL, and subsequently with the Chicago Wolves, Chicago Cubs and formerly the Chicago White Sox, he became known nationally as, “Chicago’s Voice of the National Anthem.” His signature ending note on the word, “brave,” (on the 5th) has been recognized as his trademark since the 1980’s, and has frequently been copied by other singers ever since.