Celebrating the lives and music of recently departed jazz icons


  • Gerald Bailey, Trumpet
  • Paul Bedal, Piano
  • Doug Bratt, Drumset
  • Luke Malewicz, Trombone
  • Brien O’Callaghan, Acoustic Bass
  • Lee Rothenberg, Guitar
  • Samuel Schaker, Guitar
  • Mai Sugimoto, Alto Saxophone

Oct. 24, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

This afternoon’s selections will be chosen from the following:

Blues on the Corner (1967)
McCoy Tyner

Boplicity (1957)
Cleo Henry
Arranged by Gil Evans

Five Spot After Dark (1959)
Benny Golson
Arranged by Luke Malewicz

Fried Pies (1963)
Wes Montgomery

Gingerbread Boy (1964)
Jimmy Heath
Arranged by Mai Sugimoto

Godchild (1957)
George Wallington
Arranged by Gerry Mulligan

Humpty Dumpty (1978)
Chick Corea
Arranged by Lee Rothenburg

Jack the Ripper (1960)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Arranged by Gerald Bailey

Lovely Day (1977)
Bill Withers/Skip Scarborough
Arranged by Mai Sugimoto

Move (1957)
Denzil Best
Lee Konitz

Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly (1976)
Chick Corea
Arranged by Doug Bratt

Scream (1970)
Dr. Lonnie Smith
Arranged by Mai Sugimoto

Soul Station (1960)
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Arranged by Gerald Bailey

Unit 7 (1962)
Sam Jones

Windows (1968)
Chick Corea
Arranged by Samuel Schacker

About the performers:

Paul Bedal, Piano
Chicago-based pianist and composer Paul Bedal has developed a recognizable sound both as a band leader and a sideman. Earning his Bachelor of Music in studio music and jazz performance at the University of Miami and his MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College, Paul stays active writing for his own projects, as well as contributing his pianistic efforts to various ensembles in the Midwest. Paul is an "Ears and Eyes" and "CAM JAZZ” recording artist, with his debut record Chatter being released in 2014. NYC Jazz Record music critic Ken Micallef writes, “Chatter is also a study in fascinating repetition: melodic and rhythm motifs are introduced and subtly altered as the soloists pursue counterpoint. It’s a cerebral work and the compositions and soloing throughout are superb.” Paul has received recognition from Chicago's "Luminarts Cultural Foundation," receiving top prize in the 2015 composition contest and placing in the 2014 improv competition. Paul also has composed music for recent films including Ian Martin's feature film Cooke Concrete and Lauren Bedal's short film Airplay, which was recently nominated to the 2017 San Francisco Dance Festival.

Doug Bratt, Drumset
Chicago-area percussionist and educator Douglass Bratt is a professor of music at Moraine Valley Community College where he serves as department coordinator; instructor of applied percussion; and director of the college’s Jazz Ensemble, Concert Band and Percussion Ensemble. He has performed at noted Chicago venues such as Millennium Park, the Green Mill and Jazz Showcase as well as with Under the Streetlamp, a group featuring the former Chicago cast of Jersey Boys, in their second national PBS television special. In 2006, Bratt joined with saxophonist/composer Douglas Stone to create the Stone/Bratt Big Band, a group dedicated to the performance of original big band music. The band released their full-length debut album, Stone Bratt Big Band, in 2008. Bratt has been a clinician at the University of Texas at Arlington, University of Missouri, Truman State University and VanderCook College of Music. Under his direction the Moraine Valley Percussion Ensemble was selected to perform at the 2017 Illinois Music Education Conference (IMEC). He also served as a presenting clinician at the 2014 Illinois Music Education Conference and a panelist for the 2012 and 2017 Percussive Arts Society International Conventions (PASIC). A strong supporter of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS), Bratt was host of the 2016 Illinois Percussive Arts Society (PAS) Day of Percussion and served a three-year term as president of the Illinois PAS Chapter following a six years of serving as chapter secretary/treasurer. Bratt earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Northern Illinois University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His primary percussion instructors include Rich Holly, Robert Chappell, Jeff Stitely, Orlando Cotto, Joel Spencer, Jeffrey Moore and William Elliott, SGM. He is also proud to be a Remo Education Artist and Balter Mallets Artist.

Gerald Bailey, Trumpet
Composer and trumpet player Gerald Bailey currently leads several groups combining acoustic instruments, jazz and music technology. He has performed with Belle and Sebastian, Ty Segall, Mono, Father John Misty, Syl Johnson, and The O’Jays. He has played for the Obama administration at the White House in 2009 and 2012 and appeared in the Hollywood movie Public Enemies. Gerald provides original compositions, trumpet performance, orchestrations, arrangements, transcriptions, copy work and production. He has appeared on countless recordings for Bloodshot Records, Warner Bros, Drag City, Jump Up, Rabbit Factory and his recent original work is currently featured on Press Pot Recordings, Cartilage Osseux Records and Tape of the Month Club. He has a bachelor’s degree in trumpet from the University of Cincinnati and a master’s degree in composition from DePaul University.

Luke Malewicz, Trombone
Luke Malewicz, born in Poland on April 7, 1984, began trombone lessons at the age of 7. He moved to the United States in 1994 and showed exceptional talent being selected for the IMEA Jazz Band all four years of high school and the All State Conference his junior and senior year. Luke attended Indiana University where he was a member of David Baker’s top jazz ensemble. After graduating with a BM in Jazz and a Performers Certificate, he moved to New York where he received his master’s in jazz performance at the Manhattan School of Music.

While attending MSM, Luke studied with Steve Turre, Luis Bonilla and Elliot Mason. In 2009 Luke moved to Chicago where he currently resides as a freelance trombonist. He has performed with, Ingrid Jensen, Stefon Harris, David Liebman, Elliot Mason, The Buselli-Wallarab Jazz Orchestra, the Rob Parton Big Band, the Grammy Award-winning Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, and toured with the Harry James Orchestra.

Brien O’Callaghan, Acoustic and Electric Bass
Brien O'Callaghan is accomplished musician in all types of pop, jazz and classical styles. He has performed with nationally recognized artists such as Gerry Mulligan, Tito Puente, and James Moody. Brien has a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston, and a Master of Music degree from Northern Illinois University. Brien performs regularly throughout the Chicago area and is an instructor of music at the College of Lake County, Triton College and Moraine Valley Community College.

Lee Rothenberg, Guitar
Lee Rothenberg has been a dedicated teacher and musician in the Chicago area for over ten years. One of Chicago’s busiest jazz guitarists, Lee performs regularly with local greats such as organist Chris Foreman in the group Soul Message Band (soulmessageband.com). He leads a weekly jazz duo at Francesca’s on Bryn Mawr with world-class bassist, Dennis Carroll. In addition to performing at Chicago’s finest venues, such as The Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, and the Jazz Showcase, Lee was featured in the 2015 Chicago Jazz Festival on the Pritzker Stage with The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (CJO) during their tribute to legendary composer Billy Strayhorn, as well as in 2018 at the Studebaker theater for the CJO tribute to vocalist Nancy Wilson featuring Roberta Gambarini. He also performed with Soul Message at the 2016 and 2019 Chicago Jazz Festivals. Lee is a graduate of Northwestern University and has a master’s degree in music from DePaul. He is excited to be working with current and prospective guitar students at Moraine Valley Community College.

Samuel Schacker, Guitar
Sam Schacker is a Chicago-based guitarist, saxophonist and educator. Originally from the Twin Cities area in Minnesota, Sam has lived and worked in the Chicago area as a performer and educator since 2013. In addition to his guitar work, Sam plays and teaches saxophone. During his time in the Baritone Saxophone chair with the Elmhurst College Jazz Band, Sam was fortunate to perform with artists such as Donny McCaslin, Patti Austin, and Doc Severinsen. Sam has a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance and jazz studies from Elmhurst College.

Mai Sugimoto, Alto Saxophone
Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, educator, and active member of Chicago's jazz and improvisational music scene. “A compelling performer” with “dry-champagne tone and lyrical lines” (Chicago Tribune), Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. Born/Raised, her  debut album (Asian Improv Records, 2018), explores this cultural and musical binary, juxtaposing, among others, a jazz rendition of a Japanese children's song alongside compositions inspired by the American jazz idiom. Sugimoto is also a core member of the quartet Hanami, whose two albums similarly mix Japanese culture into creative music. Mai has performed three times at the Chicago Jazz Festival: in 2015 with Hanami, in 2019 as a leader, and in 2018 with renowned bassist Tatsu Aoki, with whom she frequently plays, including appearances in his Fred Anderson Legacy Band. Her first solo album, monologue (Asian Improv Records) was released in March 2021. Mai earned her Bachelor of Music in jazz studies from Northern Illinois University, and her Master of Music in jazz studies from University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. She is the director of the Moraine Valley Jazz Combo and also is a faculty member at South Suburban College.

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Jaclyn Bobbitt, Nathan Carpenter, Alex Craig, Samm Hilger, Jessica Miller, Tom Schoenbeck, Guadalupe Sosa, Quintin Turnbow

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