4th Annual Brooks Jazz Night and Art Showcase

BRAVO proudly presents their 4th Annual Brooks Jazz Night & Art Showcase with guest artists, The Mark O’Connor Quintet and vocalist, Typhanie Monique, on Thursday, April 5th, at 7 p.m. in the Middle School Brooks Auditorium, 325 S. Kenilworth Ave, Oak Park. The concert will also feature the Brooks Jazz Lab Band and Jazz Ensemble, and the Barbershop, Shoppettes and Beautyshop vocal ensembles. Student artwork will be on display in the Main Foyer and Commons as well.

Tickets are $8 adults and $6 students 16 yrs/under and can be ordered online at www.brooksbands.blogspot.com or by calling the BRAVO hotline at 708-524-5621.

Saxophonist Mark O’Connor, an Austin, Texas native, has been part of the Chicago and Milwaukee music scenes since 1996 as a performer, composer and educator. His debut CD (Blujazz productions), Mirage, spent eight weeks on the national jazz radio charts and garnered such praise as “With his hearty sound and bristling ideas, O’Connor can bowl over even a jaded follower of post-bop jazz.” – Neil Tesser, Author, The Playboy Guide to Jazz, and, “A very good saxophonist he is… melodically and rhythmically engaging lines… expressiveness and melodic sensitivity.” – Jazz Times Magazine. Mark’s newest CD, Suspended Reality (OA2 records), released in March on 2011, has received airplay both nationally and internationally. O’Connor has performed with such notables as Rufus Reid, Arturo Sandoval, Henry Butler, Steve Turre and Joe Williams. O’Connor’s quintet, formed in 2001, has performed at numerous venues throughout the Midwest including The Green Mill has performed at such venues as The Green Mill, The Elbo Room, The Skokie Theatre, The Chicago Cultural Center, The Rogers Park Jazz Festival in Chicago, and the Chicago Jazz Festival; The Elephant Room in Austin, TX and The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee.

O’Connor holds a Bachelor’s degree in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas where he studied with well known jazz educators Dan Haerle and Fred Hamilton; a Master’s degree in Saxophone Performance from Eastern Illinois University where he studied with New Orleans piano luminary Henry Butler and Chicago pianist and producer of Mirage, Mark Maegdlin. Currently, O’Connor is finishing his doctoral dissertation regarding tenor saxophonist Joe Farrell.

Typhanie Monique has achieved international status as a rising star vocalist by immersing herself in her true passion. Versed in a wide range of genres and influences including jazz, funk, hip-hop, pop and improvised freestyle, the soulful-voiced chanteuse, bandleader and songwriter has earned a reputation as a fearless boundary-crosser and a natural born front woman with superb scatting chops and well-honed emcee skills. Since her Chicago debut more than a decade ago, Typhanie has held court at famous jazz clubs and major music festivals throughout the world, leading legendary groups such as the critically acclaimed Typhanie Monique & Neal Alger Duo, the T. Monique Quartet, SUMO, Peking Turtle and Mr. Egg Germ.

As an independent recording artist, Typhanie has made three standout CDs as a leader, Intrinsic, In This Room and Yuletide Groove, each featuring Neal Alger prominently on guitar. All three CD’s have received national and international radio play. In this Room garnered rave reviews in some of the world’s most highly respected music publications, including DownBeat magazine, and made the preliminary voting round for a Grammy nomination in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category. One of the CD’s tracks, Smile, was considered by the Grammy Academy for R & B Urban/Alternative Song of the Year.

An invitation to teach and perform in Moscow, Russia, helped launch Typhanie on her international solo journey. She has played with some of Russia’s top jazz musicians and performed in Moscow’s finest jazz clubs. Typhanie has taught jazz vocals, music business and the art of scat during an extended summer workshop at the Moscow College of Improvised Music, a life-changing experience for her that opened the door to the fertile European jazz scene. Typhanie made a bit of history recently when she took charge as hostess presiding over the monthly professional jam session at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago. One of her favorite current projects is the Chicago-based Booty Movement Coalition, a large freestyle world/funk ensemble where she can focus on the true art of improvising.

JazzTimes magazine has described Typhanie’s vocal sound as a modern-day Sarah Vaughan with iridescent traces of Lena Horne. Others have compared her to Minnie Ripperton, Chaka Kahn, Diana Krall and Erykah Badu.

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW BY GOING TO www.brooksbands.blogspot.com OR CALLING THE BRAVO HOTLINE AT 708-524-3050



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