Christmas Vibes with Thaddeus Tukes and Willie Pickens @ The Promontory, Chicago [1 December]

Christmas Vibes with Thaddeus Tukes and Willie Pickens

19:00 - 22:00

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The Promontory
5311 S Lake Park Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60615

$12 GA/$17 Row Seats/$25 Table Seats

A piano powerhouse, WILLIE PICKENS began his career on Eddie Harris’s 1961 national hit record, Exodus, since then playing with the likes of James Moody, Roy Eldridge, Max Roach, Clark Terry, Ira Sullivan, and Elvin Jones. But instead of staying on the touring jazz scene, Willie chose to make a home in Hyde Park, become a Chicago Public School (CPS) teacher, an active member of the Hyde Park Union Church, and a mentor to scores of upcoming musicians. Following his retirement from CPS, Willie increased his performance schedule. By the time he passed his 80th birthday, Willie was busier, more in demand, and playing better than ever. He maintains a vigorous schedule, mentoring in Ravinia’s Jazz Scholar program, teaching at Northern Illinois University, and performing frequently at the Jazz Showcase, among other venues. The Chicago Tribune’sHoward Reich has written that Willie’s intense dramatic performances result from his “large and complex chords, his great splashes of color and dissonance in the right hand, and his barrelhouse octaves in the left.” He also has commented that it “takes a lifetime to learn to construct such an essay in sound, and we're fortunate that Pickens is here to show us how it's done.”

Thaddeus Tukes is a vibist from Chicago, IL. A recent Northwestern University graduate, Tukes has performed with a variety of artists, including Branford Marsalis, Victor Goines, Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Marquis Hill, and Dee Alexander. He has been direct support for a number of bands, including Earth, Wind, and Fire, and The Roots. Tukes has been showcased at Carnegie Hall, Symphony Center in Chicago, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Chicago Jazz Festival, Hyde Park Jazz Festival, Jazz Showcase in Chicago, Green Mill, and a host of other locations throughout the country
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