Southport Records presents…
Willie Pickens – piano
Larry Gray – acoustic bass
Saturday, December 7, 2013
6:30 – 9:00 pm
1920 W. Irving Park Road
(773) 348 – 7592
(Please call for reservations)
Willie Pickens – pianist
Not long after receiving his teacher’s certificate from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and his B.S. in Music Education at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Willie Pickens moved to Chicago and began his career on a national hit record – Eddie Harris’ 1961 Exodus. After a period of performing, recording and teaching in Chicago, Willie was invited to join the Elvin Jones Jazz Machine in 1990. Since then, Pickens has performed and recorded internationally (with four Southport CDs in his discography), continues to teach as part of the Ravinia/Chicago Public Schools Jazz Mentors Program, and is an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University.
Chicago native Larry Gray is considered by many to be one of jazz music’s finest double bassists. His impressive versatility and uncommon musical curiosity keep him in demand as both a leader and sideman.
Southport Records Presents an Ongoing Series at Katerina’s The First Saturday of Every Month from 6:30 – 9:00 pm with Label Partners/Presenters, Bradley Parker-Sparrow – piano and vocalist Joanie Pallatto!
Poster by Chicago Studio Club 2013.
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