A Night of Ellington and Strayhorn - Part 2
"I'd rather listen to [Madsen] than most other players out there right now"
-- Wynton Marsalis
Chris Madsen - tenor sax
Reggie Thomas - piano
Dennis Carroll - bass
Dana Hall - drums
Alyssa Allgood - vocals
Chicago saxophonist Chris Madsen presents an evening of songs by two American masters who created a style of jazz unique to themselves: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. These two icons of jazz composition had similar styles and collaborated for over twenty years to make some of the most distinctive music ever put to paper. Joining Chris will be some of Chicago's most celebrated jazz musicians to put their own spin on these classic musical gems! Featuring special guest Alyssa Allgood, vocals.
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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.