FITZGERALD'S FULL HOUSE
“Powerful study of the master of modern jazz guitar”
-- Wolf Marshall
Tim Fitzgerald - guitar
Victor Garcia - trumpet
Chris Madsen- tenor saxophone
Lenard Simpson - alto saxophone
Tom Vaitsas - piano
Andrew Vogt - bass
George Fludas - drums
Tim Fitzgerald's Full House is a new, Chicago based, seven piece, three horn ensemble inspired by the music of jazz great Wes Montgomery.
The band was born out of Fitzgerald’s love for and exploration of Wes’ music. He spent years studying Wes’ music on record and on film resulting in his book 625 Alive: The Wes Montgomery BBC-TV Performance Transcribed, which has been acclaimed as one of the “50 Greatest Guitar Books of All Time.”
Fitzgerald then began the long process of arranging Wes music -- not just Wes songs, but Wes chord solos and octave solos -- for guitar and three horns. He also enlisted some of his favorite Chicago musicians to arrange for and play in the band including Mutliple Grammy nominee trumpeter Victor Garcia and Julliard alum saxophonist Chris Madsen.
Drummer George Fludas represents a direct connection to Montgomery through performances with Wes’ brother Buddy as well as with Wes’ organist Mel Rhyne. Bassist Christian Dillingham, Von Freeman pianist Tom Vaitsas and saxophonist Brent Griffin, Jr. round out this fun ensemble of feel good music.