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Thu, Jan 12



Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble with special guest Neal Alger: Saluting Sinatra: Mid-Career Gems

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

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Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble with special guest Neal Alger:  Saluting Sinatra:  Mid-Career Gems
Michael Lerich Jazz Ensemble with special guest Neal Alger:  Saluting Sinatra:  Mid-Career Gems

Time & Location

Jan 12, 2023, 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM CST

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

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Michael Lerich - clarinet

Neal Alger - guitar

Jim Sellers - piano

Joe Sonnefeldt - vibes

Cory Biggerstaff - bass

Kurt Lubbe - drums

The late 1950’s and 1960’s saw Frank Sinatra expand his range to include the “pop” field with hits like “Strangers in the Night,” “My Way” and “Somethin’ Stupid” with his daughter Nancy.  However, these were also the years that he was at his most “swingin’” with his collaborations with Count Basie and His Orchestra on both albums and in person ala the “Sinatra At The Sands” recording.

It is this Sinatra that we are going to pay tribute to.  In addition, we will add some selections from the Francis Albert Sinatra/Antonio Carlos Jobim album.  This recording truly showed him at his finest vocally with a beautiful feel and beautiful renditions of some of Bossa Nova’s hits and Bossa Nova treatments of great standards.

We’ve selected tunes that are perfect for small group jazz at its best.  Please come join us the second Sinatra show in this series.


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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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