Age Group(s): All Ages
Start Time: 3:00 PM
End Time: 4:15 PM
The Chicago Jazz Caravan is a roving ensemble of some of
Chicago’s most seasoned jazz players, performing music reminiscent of
the great mid-century jazz supper clubs.
Tom Muellner is a respected Chicagoland jazz pianist and composer whom Neil Tesser, the nationally recognized jazz critic and writer for Playboy magazine, called “a pianist and tunesmith of stellar magnitude.” Although he has played drums, guitar, bass and organ, Tom’s natural preference was always the piano. He grew up hearing many great jazz recordings, but related particularly to the unique piano artistry of Erroll Garner. Tom came to an important milestone in his twenties by discovering the genius of the late jazz piano master Bill Evans.
Vocalist Terry Sullivan sang in early music ensembles and small concert choirs before turning to jazz. An Ohio native, she has a degree in flute from Ohio University, but began singing after college. Anita O’Day and Blossom Dearie are influences, among others. Ms. Sullivan sings in intimate venues in the Chicago area.
One of Chicago's leading jazz trumpet artists, Art Davis has been a busy performer and teacher in the city since the early 1980s. Davis has toured with Ray Charles, Frank Sinatra, and Rosemary Clooney. As a charter member of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (formerly Jazz Members' Big Band), he has appeared with Joe Williams, Kurt Elling, Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry and Nancy Wilson, among others. He has also performed with such notables as Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Tony Bennett. Art holds degrees in Music Education (B.M., University of Illinois) and Musicology (M.M., University of Illinois). As a graduate student, he specialized in ethnomusicology with an emphasis in African music.
Bassist Jim Cox has been a full-time freelance musician in Chicago for the past thirty years. He studied double bass with Dr. Ed Krolick and Jon Burr at the University of Illinois in Champaign. Jim maintains an active performing schedule and teaches at three Chicago-area colleges. He is an accomplished orchestral as well as jazz player.
Library: Skokie Public Library
Location: Petty Auditorium
Contact Number: 847-673-7774