The Walkmen at the Vic Theater Friday Janurary 18th

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I’ll be playing trumpet in the Walkmen horn section this evening. I hope they kill it like they did at pitchfork a few years ago. They even bring their very own piano with them everywhere they travel.

Antibalas and Black Bear Combo

I can’t wait to open for Antibalas tomorrow night at Lincoln Hall and finally hear the power of this big horn section live!  They were just featured on Jimmy Fallon last week to advertise the start of their tour.  Many of the songs feature Baritone, Tenor and two trumpets.  I also hear the lead singer designs some of his own clothing.

A Time for Livin

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MCA tribute

It’s nice to witness such a positive display of unity amongst original bands in the Chicago area for a good cause.  Last night a handful of groups pulled together to benefit students for a free Tibet in memory of it’s director and member of the Beastie Boys, Adam “MCA” Yauch.  Each group took on the task of performing covers of classic music recorded by the iconic group.  I was honored to have  the opportunity to sit in on trumpet with the Low Down Brass Band on a couple of songs including “Brass Monkey”.  All the bands pulled together for a very memorable and epic encore.

Ralph “Soul” Jackson record release party June 23rd at Martyrs’

 

ImageIn the next few weeks Ralph “Soul” Jackson will be promoting the release of his LP on Rabbit Factory.  The tour will visit Memphis, TN Thursday 6/14, Muscle Shoals, AL 6/15, Birmingham, AL 6/16, Phenix City, AL 6/17 and Chicago, IL Saturday 6/23 at Martyrs’.  The live band will include the authentic horn section from the record featuring Anthony Abbinanti on bari sax, Tom Riley on tenor sax, Andrew Zelm on trombone and myself on trumpet.  Buy tickets here!      RSVP!

Hollows Sophomore LP Available April 10th

I don’t think anyone who checked out Zooey Deschanel’s band She and Him at  Millennium Park in Chicago a few summers back would forget the killer girl band that  opened up the show.   I’ve been lucky to run into the members of Hollows a few more times since then both playing with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound at the Metro and performing alongside Bassist and Flutist Emma Hospelhorn in the horn section for Stephen Paul Smoker.  The first song to surface of their upcoming release is called “V is for Vulture” and it features myself and trombonist Andrew Zelm.  To hear more about the release check out this interview in the Brooklyn Vegan.

Hollows: V is for Vulture

Balkan Invasion of Wicker Park

For close to a year and a half DJ Roma Soul and Black Bear Combo have played to a packed house downstairs at Subterranean on the third Friday of the month in Chicago.  This has grown to be one of the more successful nights I’ve seen featuring an instrumental act since I moved to Chicago nearly 7 years ago.  The crowd demands high energy.  I look forward to it every month and I hope that you will join us this Friday February 17th 2012.  More about the night in the Chicago Tribune.

Photography by Antonio Bovino

New Pages & Upcoming Shows

Charles Mantis is evolving faster than I can keep up with.  Please check out the new fan page and e.p. preview. Please hit like to help get the band approved to become and official fund raising group and write me an email with any ideas about what nonprofits should benefit from the proceeds.

Tuesday October 25th: fundraiser at the Mercury theater and the release of JC Brooks “Want More”.

Wednesday October 26th: The Ian Torres Big Band at Phyllis’s.

Picture from record research trip to Toronto last week.

Thursday October 27th: The Green Mill Jazz Club.

Friday October 28th:   JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound release concert at the Double Door.

Saturday October 29th: Black Bear Combo at Star Lounge.

Sunday October 30th: Black Bear Combo at Navy Pier at 12pm and Black Bear Combo at Millennium Park with Red Moon Theater Company.

Happy Halloween!

Balkan Beat Box returns to play with Black Bear Combo July 20th.


This is a concert poster from our 2007 concert with Balkan Beat Box by Doug Abram. Black Bear Combo will be opening for them at Lincoln Hall 7/20/2011.

Balkan Beat Box  is a high energy live electronic Balkan band.  There will be a raffle for two tickets to the show this Friday July 18th during DJ Roma Soul’s Balkan Invasion of Wicker park at Subterrainian.  The performance at Empty Bottle in 2007 was pretty crazy so I would expect that Lincoln Hall will be a good party.  If you missed them at Lollapalooza last summer this is a good opportunity to see the band in a more intimate setting.  Check out blackbearcombo.com for more information about the Chicago brass band.

Syl Johnson @ West Fest Chicago 7/10/11 7 p.m.

I’m excited to announce that I’m playing with the great Syl Johnson this coming Sunday evening.  Who is Syl Johnson?  He is famous for working with Al Green producer Willie Mitchell and has been sampled heavily by artists such as Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy and the Geto Boys.  Listen to Syl on Numero Group’s page.  West Fest is located at the corner of Damen and Chicago Ave.  The horn section will feature Chris Neil on saxophone, Andrew Zelm on trombone and myself on trumpet.