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City Winery Preview Party: A Benefit for Urban Gateways - 8/11
at City Winery Chicago
- 6:30 pm
- 7:00 pm
Join us for a sneak peek at Chicago's newest venue and support arts education in classrooms throughout the city.
Wine and hors d'oeuvres included. Featuring Reginald Robinson & The 5th Element. Casual attire encouraged.
About Reginald Robinson and the 5th Element
This is the first appearance by Reginald Robinson & the 5th Element sincetheir debut performance at the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival. Reginald’s love for music started in 1984 with his brother Marlando playing Big band jazz records at home and then on to ragtime two years later in 7th grade when Urban Gateways presented an assembly at his school with a small jazz ensemble. Nearly 20 years after his emergence as a young, self-starting, against-the-grain ragtime pianist and composer, Reginald R. Robinson remains one of the great underdog stories to come out of the Chicago music scene. As you might guess in an era of hip-hop, techno-pop and neo-soul, many years removed from the boost Scott Joplin’s music got from Marvin Hamlisch and “The Sting”, it hasn’t been easy for Robinson to get his works performed, critical acclaim notwithstanding. And when he is called upon, it’s usually as a solo artist, not as the leader of a band.
Robinson was considering calling it quits when a 2004 MacArthur Fellowship came to the rescue. With the institutional support, he was able to re-commit himself to his craft, re-record his songs and expand his repertoire. In collaboration with the multi-talented arranger Stu Greenspan, with whom Robinson worked at the Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, he has realized a longstanding aim of devising both ragtime and modern-style pieces for a sextet. Neither a nostalgist nor an imitator, Robinson is a true American original. He will be performing with Stu Greenspan, bass; TimMcNamara, clarinet and saxophones; Robert Griffin of 8 Bold Souls, trumpet; Norman Palm, trombone, and Rob Dicke, drums.
Eric Noden & Joe Filisko with Special Guest Katherine Davis
"Joe Filisko and Eric Noden make a thoroughly convincing case that this music is the real deal and their spirited performances make it sound both fresh and contemporary."--Dirty Linen
“Two marvelous musicians who have captured not only the sounds but the emotional spirit of some of the richest bloodlines of American music.”—Kim Field, author of Harmonicas, Harps, and Heavy Breathers
“’I.C. Special’ shows remarkable interplay, virtuosity and depth.”—Blues Revue magazine
Why all the excitement about this acoustic blues duo? Their jaw-dropping technique enables them to create more layers of sound and feeling than most full bands can summon, and both are high-energy, ultra-rhythmic performers. They have taken the virtuosity and spirit of the old masters like Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry, and taken it in a new direction. For this performance Joe and Eric will feature a rare collaboration with blues vocalist Katherine Davis.
About Urban Gateways
Urban Gateways ignites the full creative potential of all young people by producing accessible, high-quality arts education experiences in the classroom and across the community. Urban Gateways engages Chicago’s youth in arts activities that build essential skills like creativity, collaboration and innovation, and improves their self-esteem and confidence necessary to succeed in life. Founded in 1961 with a mission to ensure that all young people have full access to the city’s cultural wealth, Urban Gateways works with artists, teachers, principals, community leaders, social service agencies and other partners to expand arts programs across the Chicago Metropolitan area where such opportunities are often in short supply. Particularly in under-resourced neighborhoods with deep-rooted challenges attributed to poverty, gang activity and under-performing schools, Urban Gateways strives to create alternative and positive experiences as a means to a brighter future for children and their communities.
40% of youth participants report that an Urban Gateways program is the first and only arts experience they have ever received. The organization’s extensive reach makes it one of the largest arts service providers in Chicago, implementing multidisciplinary residence and performance programs in 25% of the over 600 Chicago public elementary schools annually. Programs are led by some of the city’s most talented professional artists in music, dance, theater, literary arts, visual arts and digital media, serving 57,000 students and teachers annually through in-school and out-of-school residencies, community school partnerships, touring performances, teacher professional development, and apprenticeship programs.