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Artists in Residence

Artists in Residence

An exciting part of our music program, our guest artists in residence provide even more opportunities for student to learn from contemporary masters. Think of it – a week of workshops, master classes, classroom instruction, and the opportunity to perform or record with such renowned artists as Paula Cole, Benny Golson, Wycliffe Gordon, Barry Harris, Jon Faddis, Terence Blanchard, Ivan Neville, Kevin Eubanks, Charlie Sexton, Peter Erskine, Joan Osborne, Darmon Meader, Bob Mintzer, Vincent Gardner, Fred Wesley, Udo Dahmen, Todd Rundgren, Shele Sondheim and the Verdehr Trio.

It’s all here at Columbia College Chicago.


2013-2014 Series

Samuel Strouk

Bernard Purdie

Lee Konitz

Gerald Clayton

Jim Lauderdale

More to be announced.

Samuel Strouk: Chicago Orchestral Works

Sam Strouk

In residence October 21-25, 2013
Residency Concert – Friday, October 25, 2013 – 7:00 pm
The Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.
$5.00 Student and Columbia Faculty/Staff – 4 per person limit
$20.00 – General Admission
Call 312-369-8330 for tickets

Samuel Strouk presently plays worldwide and alongside the greatest jazz personalities. His sensitivity, creativity and exceptional virtuosity have brought him great acclaim and the highest international recognition.

Samuel Strouk started his musical career playing the piano, before opting for the guitar. He graduated with honors from the Conservatoire Supérieur de Paris (C.N.R.), France in classical guitar, and from the C.N.R. of Montpellier, France in chamber music. He now dedicates himself entirely to both traditional and improvised music.

Early inspirations include the music of Django Reinhardt and of black American music - from bop to hip hop; these continue to influence the music he plays.
He composed, arranged and performed an album of unequalled fusion of Cuban and Gypsy Jazz «Carhabana», nominated at the International Music Fair Cubadisco 2007. Accompanied by Frank Rubio (Grammy Award Latin Jazz, Live at Village Vanguard as part of pianist Chucho Valdes' quartet), Tomas Ramon Ortis (Grammy Award Latin Jazz, Cubanismo), Rolando Luna (winner of Montreux Jazz Festival 2007 as piano soloist), he played this album live at the Grand Casino of Geneva, Switzerland and at the Gran Teatro Amadeo Jordan of La Havana, Cuba.Having worked with François Theberge, Dominique Di Piazza, Pierre de Bethman, Serge Krief and Lionel Belmondo, he found his place amongst Caravan Quartet, a string jazz band with whom he has played over 500 concerts and created four albums since 2001.
Samuel Strouk also teaches Master Classes at “l’Instituto Superior del Arte” of La Havana, Cuba, at the C.N.R. of Montpellier, and has taught gypsy jazz at the French Festival “Les musicales du Puy en Velay” since 2006.

In 2007 and aged 26, he had his first soloist concert at “l’Auditorium des Beaux Arts” of Lima, Peru just after having played with his gypsy trio in New York for two months.

In 2008, he collaborated on the production of three albums (Debora Russ' ensembles Harmonia Mundi, Mathias Levy's Quintet and Caravan Quartet), he participated in the creation and recording of various scores for films and documentaries for Kraked Unit with Loik Dury (Baby Love Lambert Wilson, Résistance France 2).

In 2009, he plays in a Trio with François Salque (cello) and Vincent Peirani (accordion) for whom he composed two pieces of chamber music. He also composed a string quintet on commission from the Festival “les rencontres Franco-Américaine de musique de chambre" and he played in Juan José Mosalini's quintet.

In 2010 he toured in India, Nepal, and France with his own band, Smsmala.

In 2011 he was invited by Columbia College Chicago to provide a week of master classes for which he composed and arranged work

s for big band and string ensemble. He recorded the album Betty Argo, the EP Selaian with singer Serena Fisseau, and created the Gypsy-Nepali trio for a tour of Kathmandu.

In 2012 the Conservatory of Valenciennes commissioned a concerto movement for the first contest winner Stephane Grappelli, he composed “My Romantic Lebanon” for string orchestra, jazz combo, and solo violin. He toured a duet recital with flute player Claire Luqiens all over France for over 60 performances.

In 2013 he composed “The Eternal Season” for string orchesta, violin, and cello. It was performed by the great Svetlin Roussev on violin and Aurelien Brauner on cello during the chamber music festival of Sud Vendee, France.

More than ever, he is now immersed in creating music, and he is working on the production of various albums including his own projects.

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Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie

In Residence October 28 – November 1, 2013
Residency Concert – Friday, November 1, 2013 – 7:00 pm
The Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.
$5.00 Student and Columbia Faculty/Staff – 4 per person limit
$20.00 – General Admission
Call 312-369-8330 for tickets

Bernard “Pretty, Purdie has worn many hats and acquired many titles…Hit Maker, Producer, Time Keeper, Groove Master, Actor - Educator and Drummer extraordinaire. His love and proficiency of music has taken him all over the world many times, both as an educator and as a performer.

Such as Clinics in India, Italy, Germany, France, Japan and Denmark, etc. Professor and founder of the R & B program at The New School of Music in NYC, as well as commuting to London, UK for a couple of years teaching at The Royal Academy of Music. As a Musician playing for the following Presidents …Kennedy (1), Reagan (3), G. Bush (3), Clinton (4), G.W. Bush (1). Festivals  in Europe, Canada, Africa, Japan, UK, etc… Being composer Galt MacDermott’s  drummer for 47 years. Purdie played  “Hair”back in the day, as well as a recent 2 1⁄2 year stint on Broadway and Central Park. Plus annual concerts in Carnegie Hall  playing MacDermot’s new music. (Purdie can hold a gig)

Some of the brilliant artists Purdie has enjoyed playing/recording with includes musical legends like James Brown, Nina Simone, B.B. King, Isaac Hayes, Steely Dan, Aretha Franklin, Curtis Mayfield, Jeff Beck, The Grateful Dead, Bob Marley… the list goes on and on with over 4000 recordings, including Hip- Hop with Guru, Beck and Cold Play.

Bernard Purdie
Whether you favor Latin, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, R&B, Country, Soul, Rap, Funk, or Classical….Bernard Purdie has played it, recorded it, and taught it.

On April 21, 2013, Purdie was awarded Modern Drummers Life Time Achievement Award.

For a window to a wide world of music…Google Bernard Purdie or check bernardpurdie.com.

Lee Konitz

In Residence December 2 – December 8, 2013
Residency Concerts at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Thursday, December 5 – 8:00 pm & 10: 00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/ $10 Parent/Family/ Faculty- Staff
Friday, December 6 – 8:00 pm & 10: 00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/$10 Parent/Family/Faculty- Staff

Benefit Concert in honor of William Russo (1928-2003)
All proceeds benefit the William Russo Endowed Scholarship.
Concert and Reception to Celebrate the Life and Legacy of Composer and Educator William Russo
Jazz Showcase, 806 South Plymouth Court
6:00 pm Reception & 8:00 pm Concert - $50.00 ($30.00 is tax deductible)

Saturday, December 7 - 10:00 pm – $20.00
Sunday, December 8 – 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/ $10 Parent/Family/ Faculty- Staff
Call 312-369-8330 for tickets

Lee Konitz
"Over the course of his long career, Konitz has proven himself to be not only highly adaptable but also capable of retaining his singular instrumental voice in the wide variety of contexts in which he's played."
- Andy Hamilton, author

Lee Konitz has always been a lone wolf. Never the flashiest or most aggressive of saxophonists, over the course of a remarkable recording career that has--amazingly--now nearly reached the 50 year mark. For Konitz, being a jazz musician means being an improviser, and being an improviser means taking risks and searching for new challenges.

When Konitz first came to prominence in the late 1940s he was one of the very few alto players of the period who was able to escape the dominating presence of Charlie Parker and create a completely personal, recognizable sound and style on the instrument. Influenced at first by suave, pre-bop saxophonists like Benny Carter, Johnny Hodges, and Lester Young, he developed a demeanor which was thoughtful and reserved, and a tone nearly transparent but with a lithe lyricism and a resilience that suggested shadowy undercurrents of emotion. He appeared in Claude Thornhill’s impressionistic big band (which included charts by the budding genius arranger Gil Evans), Stan Kenton’s most progressive orchestra, Miles Davis’ Birth of the Cool nonet, Lennie Tristano’s intricate combos and Gerry Mulligan’s “cool” bands of the 1950s before moving on to lead his own bands including the formation of the Lee Konitz Nonet.

His discography is a dazzling assortment of session of all sizes, shapes, and styles--from mid-sized ensembles to trios and duos (usually drummerless or pianoless) and even one totally unaccompanied saxophone recital. Some of the highlights include a hard-blowing trio date with drum dynamo Elvin Jones, a round-robin series of duos with the likes of tenor saxist Joe Henderson, guitarist Jim Hall and ex-Ellington fiddler Ray Nance, soloing over imaginative scores for string quartet, a five-man saxophone section with Jimmy Giuffre, some breathtaking collaborations with the brilliant French pianist Martial Solal. Konitz recently performed and/or recorded with Charlie Haden, Bob Brookmeyer, Randy Brecker, Paul Bley, Paul Motian, Steve Swallow and Brad Mehldau.

Deeply interested and committed to jazz education, Konitz strives to teach solo improvisation, something he regards as being even more of a measurable discipline than ensemble playing. Konitz currently tours extensively throughout Europe and Japan and continues to present his music with a mature and creative perspective.

Photo: Bob Travis

Gerald Clayton

Gerald Clayton

In Residence March  10 – March 16, 2014
Residency Concerts at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.
Call 312-369-8330 for tickets

Thursday, March 13 – 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/ $10 Parent/Family/ Faculty-Staff

Friday, March 14 – 8:00 pm & 10: 00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/$10 Parent/Family/Faculty-Staff

Saturday, March 15 – 8:00 pm & 10:00 pm
$20 General admission

Sunday, March 16 – 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm
$20 general admission/ $5 student/ $10 Parent/Family/ Faculty- Staff

Over the course of eight years, with three albums as a leader, several studio projects as a sideman, and countless worldwide performances, pianist and composer Gerald Clayton has established himself as a leading figure in the up-and-coming generation of jazz artists who are fluent in the range of styles that make up today's jazz lexicon. Hailed by The New York Times for his "huge, authoritative presence," Clayton is well on his way toward etching his own enduring mark in the long and rich tradition of jazz. Never has this been more apparent than in Life Forum, his latest recording on Concord Jazz and his most ambitious project to date.

Born in the Netherlands in 1984 and raised in Southern California, Clayton took his first piano lessons before age seven with the full support and encouragement of his father, the acclaimed jazz bassist, composer and bandleader, John Clayton. Music was a central part of his life from as long as he can remember and it became a lifetime commitment very early on:

"I was in the third grade, and there was a talent show where I played a boogie-woogie piece that my dad had written for me," he recalls. "It was the first time that I played for an audience where I felt that people were really moved by something that I had just played. I remember thinking, 'Yep, this is what I'll be doing for the rest of my life.'"

Clayton attended the L.A. County High School for the Arts and then enrolled at the USC Thornton School of Music. In the midst of his third year at USC, he temporarily relocated to New York to study at the Manhattan School of Music. "I knew I was eventually going to move to New York," he says, "so I thought it would be a good idea to experience the city for a year as a student." After returning to L.A. for a year and a half to finish his degree, he moved back to New York permanently.

In 2006, Gerald received the second place prize in the prestigious Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz Piano Competition. Around that time, he was introduced to trumpeter Roy Hargrove when they were both featured artists at a performance of the Henry Mancini Orchestra. "We were backstage during one of the rehearsals, and we started playing some duets," recalls Clayton. "After that I would see him from time to time in New York, and he would say, 'Great that you're in New York now. I'll call you.' That was how things started."

The association resulted in three years of extensive touring with Hargrove between 2006 and 2009, and appearances on Hargrove’s recordings, Earfood (2008) and Emergence (2009). Gerald also appeared on recordings by several other artists, such as Diana Krall, Ambrose Akinmusire, Kendrick Scott, Melissa Morgan, Terell Stafford & Dick Oatts, and more recently Michael Rodriguez, Dayna Stephens, Terri Lyne Carrington, and the Clayton Brothers Quintet, led by his father and his uncle, saxophonist Jeff Clayton. Gerald continues to perform regularly with the Clayton Brothers.

In 2009, he released Two Shade, his debut album as a leader, with bassist Joe Sanders and drummer Justin Brown. Sanders and Brown have remained with him for his two subsequent records. It was from this recording that Gerald received a 2010 Grammy nomination in the category of 'Best Improvised Jazz Solo' for his rendition of Cole Porter’s "All of You."

In 2011, Gerald received a second Grammy nomination, this time for 'Best Jazz Instrumental Composition', for his piece "Battle Circle" featured on the Clayton Brothers recording, The New Song and Dance.

The same year, Clayton released his second album, Bond: The Paris Sessions. While the expectations may have been high in the aftermath of the acclaimed debut album, Clayton recalls the album coming together organically and with a minimum of stress. "You hear people talk about the curse of the sophomore album, but recording that album – and the whole process leading up to it – was very natural for us as a trio. We'd been touring a great deal at the time and spending a lot of time together, so going into the studio and catching that vibe was completely natural." Bond received a Grammy nomination, Gerald's third, in 2012 for 'Best Jazz Instrumental Album'.

Life Forum, set for release in April 2013, "might be the most ambitious album yet," states Clayton. "Conceptualizing the music for a group of eight musicians was a new experience for me, and it required more preparation than I was accustomed to. With the addition of lyrics to three of the tunes, as well as some other post-production work, this project has been a departure from my previous two. I'm doing more writing now than I've ever done before, and working with Ben Wendel, who produced the record, was very helpful. I really admire his playing and his writing. He and I got together prior to the sessions to talk about the music and map out what I needed to do to get it recorded. In that sense, it was more demanding than the previous records."

"What comes after Life Forum is anyone's guess," says Clayton, who does not want to be defined by any one musical tradition: "I prefer to ignore the boxes, the genre distinctions," he says. "I focus on creating honest musical expressions and collaborating with people whose ideas resonate with my own."

Photo: Devin DeHaven

Jim Lauderdale

Jim Lauderdale

In Residence March 31 – April 4, 2014
Residency Concert – Friday, April 4, 2014 – 7:00 pm
The Music Center, 1014 S. Michigan Ave.
$5.00 Student and Columbia Faculty/Staff – 4 per person limit
$20.00 – General Admission
Tickets available March 1, 2014 - Call 312-369-8330

“Few current…acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good…” - All Music Guide

Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville's "A" list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs.  Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.”  Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.

Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: “Miller and Lauderdale's duets has both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.”

In addition to making music together, Buddy and Jim also co-host “The Buddy & Jim Show,” recently described as “…highly entertaining…” by NPR’s Fresh Air.  Each week Buddy and Jim invite artists to Buddy’s home studio in Nashville, where they tape performances and in depth interviews with a wide variety of artists and friends. Jim also hosts the popular Music City Roots each week from the Loveless Barn in Nashville and since winning "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002, he has subsequently hosted the show each year.

Jim is the subject of a new documentary, directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan called “The King Of Broken Hearts.” The feature length documentary tells Jim’s unconventional and prolific story from his North Carolina roots, being immersed in the country music scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles, to breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter. 

Jim's musical influences, including the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones, can be heard in his songs with his unique sense of melody and lyrical expertise. He won his first Grammy Award in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and then for The Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc) in 2007. In addition to previously mentioned releases, as a performer Jim is credited with production, writing and collaborating on over two dozen albums including Wait ‘Til Spring (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo and Headed for the Hills (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter, Planet of Love (Reprise 1991,) Pretty Close to the Truth (Atlantic 1994,) Every Second Counts (Atlantic 1995,) Persimmons (Upstart 1998,) Whisper (BNA 1998,) Onward Through It All (RCA 1999,) The Other Sessions (Dualtone 2001,) The Hummingbirds (Dualtone 2002,) Bluegrass (Yep Roc 2006,) Country Super Hits, Volume 1 (Yep Roc 2006,) Honey Songs (Yep Roc 2008), Could We Get Any Closer? (SkyCrunch 2009,) Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers 2010) and Reason and Rhyme  (Sugar Hill Records 2011.)

Photo: Michael Weintrob