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Typhanie Monique/Neal Alger Release Holiday CD

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With two critically-acclaimed discs to their credit, the jazz duo of Typhanie Monique and Neal Alger release their third CD, Yuletide Groove, a collection of Christmas and holiday favorites with jazz-infused arrangements.

Typhanie and Neal have been performing and honing their music for six years performing incessantly to sold-out audiences in the great jazz and pop clubs throughout Chicago. The press and radio have gotten behind this exciting duo, including numerous rave reviews from Howard Reich, the well known jazz critic for The Chicago Tribune.

The duo now continues to embrace tradition and modern ideas simultaneously but this time in the songbook of holiday ditties. Yuletide Groove features many special guests including rising Hammond B3 organ star Tony Monaco. Monaco brings an infectious beat, a rock-solid swing, as well as warm vocals to the chestnut “Baby It's Cold Outside." The sultry sexiness of “Santa Baby" is beautifully enhanced by a cha-cha arrangement which features the contagious musical exuberance of latin pianist Darwin Noguera and trumpeter Victor Garcia. Perhaps the biggest surprise can be found in “Little Drummer Boy" with Monique playfully coasting with the superb vocal 'beatbox' percussion accompaniment from JAQ, along with psychedelic funk contributions from Alger on guitar.

In support of Yuletide Groove, the duo Typhanie Monique and Neal Alger with friends will be performing three official CD Release Events in Chicago and New York (below). For additional dates, please visit www.tmonique.com.

Official CD Release Events
Wednesday, December 17th (8pm & 10pm) - Kitanos - 66 Park Ave, NY, NY - (773)-654-5100 - www.kitano.com - with special guest Tom Kennedy on bass

Friday, December 19th (9pm-1am) - Green Mill - 4802 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL (773)-878-5552 - www.greenmilljazz.com - with special guest Tony Monaco on B3

Saturday, December 20th (TBA) - Morse Theater - 1328 W. Morse, Chicago, IL (773)-654-5100 - www.themorse.com

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