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.

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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!

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!