We are pleased to welcome the World-Class Chris Madsen Quartet to the Estate stage for the Bonfire Project, a night of original composiitons
$5 Door Charge
Chris Madsen Tenor Sax
Dana Hall Drums
Clark Sommers Bass
Stu Mindeman Piano
Christopher Madsen’s credits as a saxophonist include performances and recordings with Paul Simon, Bobby Short, Wynton Marsalis, Victor Goines, Jef Hamilton, Lage Lund,
Michael Dease, and Jon Irabagon. He is a published composer wit Kendor Music, Inc., the UNC Jazz Press, and Walrus Music. From 2008 to 2014, he served as Jazz Studies Coordinator for Northwestern University and is currently the Assistant Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Madsen is a Rico Reed clinician and member of the College Music Society, NAfME, National Educator’s Association, and JEN.
He has presented clinics, conducted ensembles, and performed at numerous JEN conferences, the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, and the Illinois Music Educators’ Association’s All-State Conference. He is one of the most in-demand and versatile
saxophonists in Chicago, maintaining an active performance schedule and private studio, and directs the Jazz Program at Midwest Young Artists in Highwood, IL.
The list of exceptional artists that Hall has performed, toured, and/or recorded with directly reflects the diverse and varied approaches of his music-making in the fields of jazz and popular music and include Branford Marsalis, Ray Charles, Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Michael Brecker, Nicolas Payton, Kurt Elling, Benny Green, Frank Wess, Ken Peplowski, Wycliffe Gordon, Russell Malone, Frank Foster, George Coleman, Lin Halliday, Betty Carter, Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Bobby Hutcherson, Wallace Roney, Diana Krall, Harold Mabern, Renee Rosnes, Clark Terry, the Mingus Big Band, Steve Lacy, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jim Snidero, Eric Alexander, James Spaulding, Buster Williams, Gary Bartz, Dick Oatts, Melvin Rhyne, Ira Sullivan, David Murray, Bobby Broom, Lester Bowie, Slide Hampton, Charles Davis, James Moody, David Hazeltine, Henry Butler, Shirley Scott, Sonny Fortune, Joe Williams, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Billy Harper, Brian Lynch, Rick Margitza, Tim Hagans, John Swana, Ralph Bowen, Orrin Evans, Bud Shank, Phil Woods, Von Freeman, Ron Bridgewater, Kenny Barron, Maria Schneider, Jackie McLean, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Belgrave, Hamiet Bluiett, the Woody Herman Orchestra, Patricia Barber, Joe Henderson, Curtis Fuller, Charles McPherson, Oliver Lake, and Steve Wilson, among others.
Additionally, Hall is both a member of the Terell Stafford Quintet and the Music Director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. He is also a former regular member of the prestigious Grammy-nominated Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the Musical and Artistic Direction of trumpeter, and Dizzy Gillespie protégé, Jon Faddis, and has served as an extra in the percussion sections of the Des Moines and the Cedar Rapids Symphonies.
In 2004, Hall joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an Assistant Professor of Music. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Chicago and at Columbia College Chicago, and is a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Band Director’s Academy and Essentially Ellington faculties. Hall also taught in the Ravinia Festival’s Jazz in the Schools Mentoring Program, the Merit School of Music in Chicago, and is currently an educator and mentor in the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz’s Jazz in America Program and the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Artists Residency Program.
”Clark Sommers rings true and honest in tone. The golden color pours a solid foundation to the timber of the group.” – All About Jazz.
Bassist, Composer and Educator, Clark has toured and performed extensively throughout the world. He has had the privilege of performing with Cedar Walton, Darrell Grant, Brian Blade, Ernie Watts, Bennie Maupin, Von Freeman, Ira Sullivan, Frank Wess, Charles McPherson, Peter Bernstein, Lin Haliday, Dana Hall, Jodie Christian, Bobby Broom, Jeff Parker, Ron Perrillo, Geof Bradfield, Michael Weiss, George Fludas, Kevin Mahogany, Eden Atwood, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls, The Mighty Blue Kings and The Chicago Jazz Orchestra among others.
Clark completed his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies and World Music at California Institute of the Arts, where he studied with bass masters Charlie Haden and Darek Oles. While living in Los Angeles, Clark performed with Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, The Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, Joe La Barbara and Larry Koonse. He continues to seek expansion of his craft by pursuing his musical studies with masters such as David Grossman of the New York Philharmonic, Mike Longo and Stefon Harris. He recently completed two residencies at the Brubeck Institute in Stockton California.
Introduced to the piano at four years of age, Stuart Mindeman spent his formative years in Santiago, Chile, and Chicago, Illinois, and quickly realized that he wanted to pursue a life in music.
An active pianist/keyboardist/composer, Stu keeps busy performing throughout the world, in a variety of musical settings, including Jazz, Latin Music, R&B, Gospel, among others. When he's not performing, he's behind the scenes, composing, arranging, recording, and producing for numerous world-class artists.
Stu has had the honor of sharing the stage and studio with Kurt Elling, Kirk Whalum, Gloria Estefan, Antonio Sanchez, Dave Weckl, Mark Guiliana, Steve Smith, James Genus, Howard Levy, Kendrick Scott, Fareed Haque, Jojo Mayer, Juan Pastor's Chinchano, Marquis Hill, Matt Ulery, Gary Sinise, Christopher Cross, Ricky Luis Porrata and many others. He has also had the pleasure of musically directing for Chicago's The Second City comedy troupe.
His latest album of original compositions, «In Your Waking Eyes: Poems by Langston Hughes», was released in 2014 to critical acclaim.