Jeff Albert to perform in Chicago 2/27 - 3/6 with Jeb Bishop and others


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New Orleans-based trombonist and composer Jeff Albert will be in Chicago for a series of concerts from Monday, Feb. 27 through Sunday, March 5, 2006.

The main focus of his visit will be a new ensemble called Lucky 7s, featuring:

Jason Adasiewicz - vibraphone
Jeff Albert - trombone & tuba
Josh Berman - cornet
Jeb Bishop - trombone
Matthew Golombisky - bass
Keefe Jackson - tenor sax & bass clarinet
Quin Kirchner - drums

Lucky 7s is the brainchild of Jeb Bishop and Jeff Albert. In September 2005, shortly after Hurricane Katrina blew through Jeff's hometown of New Orleans, Jeb and Jeff were discussing the future. Jeff wanted to try to book some gigs for his group in the Chicago area, since it seemed that the regular New Orleans creative scene would be out of operation for some time. Jeb suggested a cooperative project involving Chicago musicians and players from the New Orleans scene. Wish lists were made and emails were sent, and a band was born.

Lucky 7s will be presenting original material contributed by various members of the ensemble.

See below for performance schedule. The March 3rd and 4th dates will also be live recording sessions for a forthcoming CD.

Bishop, Adasiewicz, Berman, and Jackson were regulars on the Chicago scene before September 2005, while Albert, Golombisky, and Kirchner were fixtures on the New Orleans Frenchmen St. scene. After the New Orleans musicians' diaspora resulting from the hurricane, Quin and Matthew eventually landed on the musically fertile ground of Chicago. Jeff Albert is still living in the New Orleans area, making as much music as possible.

Lucky 7s will be playing the following dates in Chicago:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 28: Empty Bottle, 1035 N. Western Avenue (773-276-3600), 10 PM.
  • Friday, March 3: Ice Factory, 526 N. Ashland, (773-988-1447), 9:30 PM.
  • Saturday, March 4: Enemy, 1550 N. Milwaukee Ave., 3rd floor (312-493-3657), 9 PM.
  • Sunday, March 5: Hungry Brain, 2319 W. Belmont Avenue (773-935-2118). 10 PM.

On Thursday, March 2, Jeff Albert will also present a quartet concert featuring music from his CD One.

The Charleston, 2076 N. Hoyne (773-489-4757). The band for this performance (list as: Jeff Albert Quartet) will be: Jeff Albert, trombone; Jason Roebke, bass; Dave Rempis, reeds; Frank Rosaly, drums, with guest appearances by Jeb Bishop, trombone. 10 PM.

On Monday, Feb. 27, Jeff Albert, Jeb Bishop, keyboardist Jim Baker, and percussionist Mike Reed will also appear at Silvie's Lounge, 1902 W. Irving Park (773-871-6239), as part of the Eight Million Heroes concert series. 9:30 PM.

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