featuring Bill Overton
and special guest
"Longtime Chicago pianist Tommy Muellner plays with a swing and passion that descend from Bill Evans, but he rarely fails to add in a good dose of his own comedic timing. So perhaps it should come as no surprise to find him ushering in his "Dracula Quartet" with some "monster" players on Halloween."
-- Neil Tesser
Tommy Mueller - piano
Larry Kohut - bass
Phil Gratteau - drums
Bill Overton - tenor sax
Arlene Bardelle - vocal
In the spirit of fun and enjoyment of the old Universal classic films of the 30s and 40s, internationally acclaimed jazz pianist Tommy Muellner and like-minded musical compatriots create "scary" music together.
Doing a re-creation of legendary jazz drummer Philly Joe Jones' "blues for Dracula" as well as performing "scary" gems from the great American songbook.
Tommy Muellner is an internationally acclaimed Chicago jazz pianist and composer. He has received kudos from aficionados and statesmen throughout the jazz world for his piano acumen and creativity. He has an uncanny understanding of harmonic movement, improvisation and musical interplay.
After performing at the Pabst Theater in Milwaukee, Mike Drew of the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal said, “Like the late keyboard master Bill Evans, Tom finds classic gems, and creates sophisticated lyric variations.” And this from Hammond organ master Joey DeFrancesco, “Tommy swings, grooves, is soulful, and in total command of his instrument, plus I love him, he’s one of my favorites!”
He has performed with many “world class” jazz stars such as Joey DeFrancesco, Ira Sullivan, Eddie Daniels, Marvin Stamm, Eric Schneider, Richie Cole, Von Freeman, Redd Holt (of Ramsey Lewis fame), Don Osborne (of Mel Torme’ fame) and the late Barrett Deems (of Louis Armstrong fame), to name just a few. Tom also accompanies many great vocalists.