Christmas Soul

I recently had the joy of working on a song for the Amazon Christmas Soul Compilation with Chicago soul legend JC Brooks.  Check out Back Door Santa here: https://www.amazon.com/Back-Door-Santa-Amazon-Original/dp/B07771D6Q9/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1511987281&sr=8-1&keywords=jc+brooks+back+door

Christmas Soul

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

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!

Bloodshot Records and JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound Get it Together to Make a Baby!

The Chicago soul band has spent the last few years fine tuning the record Want More which will be released on Bloodshot Records October 25th 2011.  It seems like it wasn’t  that long ago I met these guys while recording horns for their epic version of Wilco’s I am Trying to Break Your HeartSince that release The Uptown Sound has shared stages and supported an eclectic array of artists, from legends like Robert Plant and Buddy Guy, to  Peter Bjorn & John and the Dismemberment Plan, Fitz & the Tantrums, Lee Fields, Flogging Molly and Naomi Shelton & the Gospel Queens.  The the new record should be a good vehicle to start a new chapter for the band.  In the next few months they will be traveling to Spain, Italy, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Seattle and Portland to name a few, but please visit the Uptown Sound website to see if they will be visiting a theater near you.

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.

Summer 2010 Update

2010 Has been a great year so far; playing an event for Playboy Magazine with Black Bear Combo, a song with Jody Watley and a performance at Lollapalooza with Mumford & Sons. I’ve also recorded on a number of soundtracks written by Carl Sondrol for MSN.com, Orbit gum and Collegehumor.com.

In Chicago you can see me play with JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound and Black Bear Combo. Every Thursday night, I play lead trumpet with Alan Gresik’s Swing Shift Orchestra at The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge. Also come check out Stephen Paul Smoker at the North Coast Music Festival in Union Park, Sunday September 5th. I’m sure I’ve left out a number of things…

Enjoy this video by JC Brooks and the Uptown Sound!