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Triptych on the Road
Photo credit: Jacob Hand

Long time friends and musical collaborators—violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer—have been developing "Triptych," a trio project featuring music composed by all three members. Triptych is slated to perform throughout the fall, including three events with the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington (KY) to debut commissioned classical works composed by Ulery.

Brock is fresh from a 2017 "Best Contemporary Instrumental Album" Grammy win for his work on Snarky Puppy's "Chulcha Vulcha". Ulery's most recent release "Festival", featuring Deitemyer on drums, was hailed as among the Best of Jazz 2016 by the Huffington Post.

For more information:
Ulery's "Nightshade" preview as performed by Triptych  |  Triptych  |  Triptych on Facebook

Garrison Keillor

Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour
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Celebrating his 75th birthday, NPR's Prarie Home Companion creator and host emeritus Garrison Keillor sets out on the 28-city Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour throughout August 2017. Like its radio version, the variety show features tales of the Minnesota town of Lake Wobegon and music.

The band is supported by Chicago musicians Larry Kohut on bass, Chris Siebold on guitar, and Jon Deitemyer on drums. (Jon will be traveling with Love & Comedy through its August 28 / Santa Fe date.)

For more information:
Garrison Keillor's Prairie Home Love & Comedy Tour  |  Garrison Keillor

Jon Deitemyer: Tall Tales

"Tall Tales" released on ears&eyes Records

Jon Deitemyer's sophomore album "Tall Tales" has been released on ears&eyes Records, featuring his original compositions, lyrics, and drumming and supported by Leslie Beukelman on vocals, Rob Clearfield on piano, Justin Thomas on vibraphone, and Matt Ulery on bass.

Quentin Coaxum, Chicago Jazz Magazine offers early insight into the project: "As one might expect, this album of original work does not disappoint, but rather triumphs through expressive, honest and fearless compositions."

For more information:
"Deep Breath" preview from the album  |  Purchase CD  |  Purchase iTunes

Patricia Barber

Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Together on Tour

Critically-acclaimed jazz musician Patricia Barber and renown soprano Renée Fleming are collaborating on "Higher: Renée Fleming and Patricia Barber Perform the Music of Patricia Barber", a new series of shows this winter. The performances will take place at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance (Chicago), the Kennedy Center (Washington DC), and National Sawdust (Brooklyn), supported by Jon Deitemyer on drums.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune previews the project as "a rare convergence of two artists—each at the pinnacle of her field—and daring to meet the other on less-familiar musical turf."

For more information:
Harris Theater  |  Kennedy Center  |  National Sawdust

Chris Siebold

Chris Siebold's Psycles Records with Alan Parsons

Chris Siebold and his band, Psycles, have recorded the original track "I'm Done" with producer and musician Alan Parsons. Parsons' work includes producing music for the Beatles (Abbey Road), Pink Floyd (Dark Side of the Moon), and the Hollies as well as performing in the Alan Parson's Project. A written recap of the masterclass recording session is available; Psycles is expected to release the track later this year.

In addition to leading Psycles, Chris Siebold is the guitarist for NPR "Prairie Home Companion" and for Grammy-winning harmonica artist Howard Levy. Psycles is supported by Jon Deitemyer on drums.

For more information:
Chris Siebold  |  Chris Siebold's Psycles on Facebook  |  Alan Parson Chicago Masterclass

Matthew Santos

Matthew Santos Releases "Into the Further"

Grammy nominated singer-songwriter Matthew Santos will be issuing his latest album "Into the Further" on Candyrat Records, supported by bassist Emma Dayhuff and drummer Jon Deitemyer and featuring string arrangements composed by Matt Ulery. The album will be released in June 2015.

The Chicago Sun-Times recognized Santos as an artist who is "organic and soulful and moody, full of interesting musical ideas and dripping with serious vocal talent."

For more information:
Matthew Santos  |  Matthew Santos on Facebook  |  "Under the Microscope" from the album

Matt Ulery

Matt Ulery Releases "In the Ivory" on Greenleaf Music
Photo credit: Jacob Hand

Critically-acclaimed bassist and composer Matt Ulery has issued his latest album "In the Ivory" on Greenleaf Music, featuring three-time Grammy-winning contemporary music ensemble eighth blackbird, vocalist Grazyna Auguscik, violinist Zach Brock, pianist Rob Clearfield, vocalist Sarah Marie Young, and drummer Jon Deitemyer. The album release will be supported with a national fall tour, including a release weekend at Chicago's Green Mill on September 19 and 20.

Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune offers early praise for Ulery's album: "You don't have to be a jazz aficionado or a classical maven to be moved by the openness, melodic beauty and spiritual undertone of this work."

"In the Ivory" is the follow-up to Ulery's previous large ensemble release "By a Little Light," which was named a Top 10 Jazz Album in 2012 by NPR Music.

For more information:
Matt Ulery  |  "In the Ivory" on Bandcamp  |  Purchase iTunes

Jon Deitemyer

Jon Deitemyer at Constellation and Webster's

Led by Jon Deitemyer on drums, the Jon Deitemyer Trio will be performing at Constellation on Wednesday, April 30. The trio features Rob Clearfield on piano and Matt Ulery on bass.

The Jon Deitemyer Quintet will also perform at Webster's Wine Bar on Monday, June 23 for its ongoing Music Mondays. The band features Rob Clearfield on piano, Matt Ulery on bass, Leslie Beukelman on vocals, and special guest John McLean on guitar.

For more information:
Constellation  |  Webster's Wine Bar  |  Music Mondays

Ben Paterson

Ben Paterson "Essential Elements" Released on MAXJAZZ
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NYC pianist Ben Paterson has released his latest album, "Essential Elements," on the MAXJAZZ record label, supported by Joshua Ramos on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums. The highly-anticipated album features a variety of original compositions, standards, and covers of hits by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles.

Paterson will be performing in support of the new album, including shows with the album trio at Andy's Jazz Club in Chicago on December 6 and 7.

For more information:
Ben Paterson  |  MAXJAZZ  |  "Essential Elements" release announcement

Grazyna Auguscik

Grazyna Auguscik in Europe and Chicago

Award-winning vocalist Grazyna Auguscik will be touring through Eastern Europe in October and November in support of her album "Man Behind the Sun" on EMI Classics. The tour will return home with shows in Chicago, including at the Green Mill on November 8. Auguscik's group features Rob Clearfield on piano, John Kregor on guitar, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.

Jazz critic Howard Reich of the Chicago Tribune notes, "When Auguscik unspooled the long, sinuous, wordless vocals that are at the core of her art, even skeptics must have been seduced."

For more information:
Grazyna Auguscik  |  Green Mill

Dee Alexander

Zach Brock and Phil Markowitz Quartet on Tour

Acclaimed violinst Zach Brock and pianist Phil Markowitz will be performing together in the midwest late April. Supported by Evan Gregor on bass and Jon Deitemyer on drums, the quartet will be criss-crossing the States, including performances at the Dazzie Jazz (Denver, CO on April 27) and the Green Mill (Chicago, IL on May 3–4).

Chet Baker has praised Markowitz as "one of the most sensitive, lyrical and inventive piano players of all time," and jazz critic Neil Tesser has hailed Brock as "the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation."

For more information:
Zach Brock  |  Phil Markowtiz  |  Sno' Peas, written by Markowitz and performed by Brock and the Magic Number

Moshier-Lebrun Collective

Moshier-Lebrun Collective on NPR "JazzSet"

The recent Moshier-Lebrun show at Chicago's Jazz Showcase aired this May on the NPR's "JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater." The show featured works from the "Studs Turkel Project" as well as selections from the recent Local Colorists EP, as written and arranged by OA2 Records artists Mike Lebrun on tenor sax and Josh Moshier on piano, supported by John Tate on bass, John Moulder on guitar, and Jon Deitemyer on drums.

Moshier's "Studs Turkel Project," an awarded commission of the Chamber Music America New Jazz Works Grant, is described by Chicago Tribune jazz critic Howard Reich as pointing "to the craft of Moshier's writing and the delicacy with which this ensemble interprets it."

For more information:
The Local Colorists EP Download  |  NPR's JazzSet

Jon Deitemyer

Jon Deitemyer Quartet Releases Debut Album

Featuring Dan Bruce on guitar, Ben Lewis on piano, Matt Ulery on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums, the "Collected Shorts" EP showcases a six-song selection of favorite compositions written by Deitemyer. The long-awaited album is now available on iTunes.

"Iowa City" from the album  |  Purchase iTunes

Jangeun Bae

Jangeun Bae Trio's "Go+" featuring Greg Osby

The Jangeun Bae Trio featuring Greg Osby with Jangeun Bae on piano, Ryan McGillicuddy on bass, Jon Deitemyer on drums, and guest musician Greg Osby on sax has officially released the recording "Go+" on Inner Circle Music. Acclaimed jazz drummer Ari Hoenig has praised Bae as a "brilliant and emotional composer with a limitless imagination."

For more information:
Jangeun Bae on Inner Circle Music  |  "Joga" from the album

Ryan Cohan

Ryan Cohan Composition Premiere

Pianist/composer Ryan Cohan has debuted "The River," the highly-anticipated composition inspired by his group's recent tour of Africa.

Praised as "a wonderfully inventive Chicago pianist" (Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune), the 2009 Guggenheim Award winner is supported by Geof Bradfield on sax, Lorin Cohen on bass, and Jon Deitemyer on drums, performing at venues throughout the Chicagoland area this season.

For more information:
Ryan Cohan  |  JazzChicago