VanderCook Music News, week of August 27

Violinist Mads Tolling will teach and perform at VanderCook on Sept. 27

VanderCook in the News

A lengthy article profiles Sonovia Ovette Pierre (MMEd ’08), teacher at The University of The Bahamas and performer in the popular local band Visage. Read about Novie and her accomplishments here


September 8-9
VanderCook’s One City outreach program will be promoted at two events next sweek sponsored by Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony Foundation: On September 8, Rundgren’s performs with the Chicago Sinfonietta at the House of Blues (be sure to stop by VanderCook’s One City table). On September 9, a musical instrument drive will be held at Martyr’s, co-sponsored by Hungry for Music. Both events are part the Spirit of Harmony Foundation's Weekend of Harmony for Music Education

September 16
The much-anticipated first concert of the season, VanderCook’s Prism Concert starts at 3:00, capping off Senior Day, an open house visit day catering to high school seniors. The concert will also feature special tributes to students’ mentors and high school instructors, as well as presentation of scholarship awards.

September 27
Two-time Grammy-winner Mads Tolling will present a special master class and share wisdom from his years with the Turtle Island Quartet, performing with legends like Stanley Clarke and Jean-Luc Ponty, and leading his acclaimed ensemble The Mads Men.  Presented by Yamaha and Quinlan & Fabish.  Click here for details and RSVP info.

Around Town

Just a fraction of the many worthwhile events happening in the city this week:

August 29-Sept. 2
The Chicago Jazz Festival takes over Millennium Park this week. The full schedule can be found here.

August 31
Award-winning songwriter, producer and godfather of modern techno and electronica, Giorgio Moroder makes a rare appearance at Thalia Hall.

Meanwhile, over at Millennium Park, Dianne Reeves caps the day’s performers at the Chicago Jazz Fest, taking the stage at 7:45 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion.

September 1
Chicago Jazz Fest continues through the weekend, with Ramsey Lewis closing at 7:45.

September 2
If you only see one act at the Jazz Fest this weekend, don’t miss saxophonist extraordinaire and former James Brown band member Maceo Parker, hitting the Jap Pritzker Pavilion at 7:45.

This Week in Music History

Acknowledging the people and events that shaped music as we know it today…

August 27

1896: Leon Termen, inventor of one of the earliest electronic instruments, the theremin, is born today. 

1909: Jazz saxophonist Lester Young is born today.

1937: Jazz harpist and pianist Alice Coltrane, who continued the spiritual explorations of her late husband John throughout the ‘70s, is born today.

1940: Jazz guitar shredder Sonny Sharrock is born today.

1942:  Chip Douglas of The Turtles is born today. In addition to writing the band’s best-known song “Happy Together,” Douglas produced some of The Monkees’ biggest hits, including “Daydream Believer.”

1953:  Alex Lifeson, guitarist of Rush, is born today.

1967: Beatles manager and music business entrepreneur Brian Epstein was found dead at his home from an overdose of sleeping pills. In reaction, the bandmembers cancelled a planned trip to India and instead threw themselves into production of the Magical Mystery Tour movie.

1970:  Tony Kanal, bassist of No Doubt, is born today.

1979:  Arcade Fire’s violinist Sarah Neufeld is born today.

1990: Texas blues rocker Stevie Ray Vaughan is killed in a helicopter crash today at age 35.

1995: Musician, producer, arranger and conductor Marty Paich dies today. Paich’s long career saw significant contributions to songs and albums by Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Aretha Franklin, Ella Fitzgerald and George Michael, among many others.

August 28

1850: Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin premieres in Germany.

1894: Austrian conductor Karl Böhm is born today.

1942:  Sterling Morrison, guitarist of The Velvet Underground, is born today. Chillingly, he would die two days after his 53rd birthday in 1995.

1965:  Singer Shania Twain is born today.

1969:  Singer, actor and one-half of Tenacious D, Jack Black is born today.

1982: Country singer LeAnn Rimes is born today.

1986:  Florence Welch, frontwoman of Florence and the Machine, is born today.

August 29

1920: Charlie Parker, the iconic be-bop saxophonist known as “The Bird,” is born today.

1924:  Legendary jazz singer and pianist Dinah Washington is born today. 

1995: Vocalist extraordinaire Diamanda Galás is born today.

1958:  The one-time King of Pop, Michael Jackson is born today.

1975:  Kyle Cook, guitarist for Matchbox Twenty, is born today.

August 30

1935:  John Phillips, founder of The Mamas and the Papas and writer of some of their most famous songs, including “California Dreamin’” and “Monday, Monday,” is born today.

1939:  Influential British DJ, journalist and occasional record producer John Peel is born. Peel had the longest-running BBC Radio 1 program and is widely credited with single-handedly introducing British listening audiences to psychedelic and prog rock in the 1960s, and was an early champion of punk, reggae and ska during the late ‘70s. 

1985: Philly Joe Jones, jazz drummer who was a member of Miles Davis’ first “Great” quartet, dies today.

1986:  George Ryan Ross III, lead guitarist and singer of Panic! at the Disco, is born today.

August 31

1918: Lyricist Alan Jay Lerner is born today.

1944:  Roger Dean, illustrator of some of the most memorable album covers of the ‘70s (most notably the other-worldly art on Yes albums), is born today.

1945:  Singer-songwriter Van Morrison is born today.

1945:  Violinist Itzhak Perlman is born today.

1976: In a landmark court decision, a judge ruled that George Harrison “subconsciously plagiarized” from the song “He’s So Fine” for his song “My Sweet Lord” from the All Things Must Pass album. The all-girl group The Chiffons, who had recorded “He’s So Fine” in 1963, recorded their own version of “My Sweet Lord” a year earlier.

1977: Singer-songwriter Craig Nicholls of The Vines is born today.

1977: Derek Gruen, a.k.a. Del Marquis of Scissor Sisters, is born today.

2002: The man most synonymous with jazz vibes, Lionel Hampton dies today at age 94.

2007:  Hilly Kristal, famed founder of the iconic NYC club CBGB’s, died today at age 75. Originally established to showcase country and western music, the club and Kristal became quickly known for the “anything goes” policy. A number of seminal bands and artists for their start at the club, including Patti Smith, Talking Heads, The Ramones, Television and Blondie.

September 1

1653: Composer Johann Pachelbel is born today.

1912: Samuel Coleridge Taylor dies today at age 37.

1925: Jazz saxophonist Art Pepper is born today.

1935: Japanese conductor Seiji Ozawa is born today.

1946: Singer, songwriter, producer and top brother of The Bee Gees, Barry Gibb is born today.

1957: Singer Gloria Estefan is born today.

1976: Scot Hofman, a.k.a. Babydaddy of Scissor Sisters, is born today.

1977: Blues and early torch singer Ethel Waters dies today at age 76.

1984: Joseph Mark Trohman, guitarist of Fall Out Boy, is born today.

2012: Legendary songwriter Hal David dies today at age 91. Together with his partner Burt Bacharach, David would co-write many classics of adult-oriented rock and pop in the ‘60s for artists such as Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick and Dusty Springfield, including “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” “Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head,” and “What the World Needs Now is Love,” among dozens of others.

September 2

1917: The Brazilian guitarist credited with introducing bossa nova to the world, Laurindo Almeida is born today.

1925: Conductor and arranger Hugo Montenegro is born today. Montenegro’s lush arrangements helped popularize of tunes in the ‘50s and ‘60s, including his version of The Good, the Bad & the Ugly theme song.

1946: Singer and keyboardist Billy Preston is born today. A highly in-demand session player during the ‘60s, Preston recorded with artists including Ray Charles, Little Richard and Sam Cooke. He played keyboards and organ on The Beatles' albums Abbey Road and Get Back, receiving co-author credit with the band for the latter album’s title track.

1953: Radical American jazz reedman, composer, poster-boy of the “New York Scene” of modern and free jazz, and MacArthur Genius Grant recipient John Zorn is born today.

1987: Spencer James Smith, drummer of Panic! at the Disco, is born today.


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