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Thu, Jul 13



Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble - Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian: Clarinet Meets Guitar

Michael Lerich - clarinet; Neal Alger - guitar; Cory Biggerstaff - bass; Jim Sellers - piano; Joe Sonnefeldt - vibes; Kurt Lubbe - drums

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Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble - Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian: Clarinet Meets Guitar
Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble - Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian: Clarinet Meets Guitar

Time & Location

Jul 13, 2023, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM CDT

Chicago, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

About The Event

[ All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable -- please order carefully and be sure all details are correct before completing purchase.  1-Drink minimum purchase of $10 per person, per set applies to all guests and all shows. ]

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Michael Lerich - clarinet

Chris White - piano

Tim Fitzgerald - guitar

Joe Sonnefeldt - vibes

Cory Biggerstaff - bass

Kurt Lubbe - drums

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Benny Goodman and Charlie Christian brought the guitar to the fore front as a solo jazz instrument. Charlie was with Benny's sextet and Orchestra from 1939-1941. His single string linear playing and amplifier took the instrument from just playing a rhythm role. This led Charlie to become one of the true founders of early BeBop. His recordings with Benny and the sextet have been considered one of the greatest jazz collaborations in history. We are excited to bring these songs to you on July 13th!

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Aside from being one of the mid west’s most popular bandleaders, booking over 12,000 events in almost 3 decades,  Michael has always had a love of the clarinet.  His father’s love of Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw was passed down to him.   The many years of building Michael Lerich and His Orchestra and Michael Lerich Productions, Inc. took time away from being able to dedicate time for the continued practice required to artistically play the clarinet.  However, over the past few years Michael has dedicated his time and energy into the instrument and has subsequently formed the ensemble that so many of Chicago’s wonderful jazz artists want to be a part of…Kevin Fort, Ryan Cohen, Ben Clark, Vijay Tellis Nayak and Jim Sellers on Piano…Matt Ferguson, Christian Dillingham, Matt Gold, Joe Policastro and Paul Merar on Bass…Andre Beasley, Bob Rummage, Darren Scorza, Ken Takaoka, Rick Vitek, Greg Fundis and Zack Marks on Drums.  At any given time any one of these truly marvelous artists will perform with Michael for another wonderfully creative jazz experience.


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