Dreaming in Colour Live featuring Jeff Lorber & Eric Marienthal

Dreaming in Colour

Featuring multiple Grammy nominated and hit acclaimed musicians Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal. Lorber is credited with creating the cool/smooth jazz genre. Marienthal was the saxophonist in the Chick Corea Electric Band, the best fusion ensemble of all time. Marienthal's solo works garnered the #1 chart spot in 2008 with his disk Blue Water.

Dreaming In Colour is a contemporary, instrumental jazz group that presents an atmosphere of resonant song writing full of energy and melodiousness. The group's diverse musical influences and contributions to contemporary jazz have been well received and appreciated by lovers of this genre.

The nucleus of Dreaming In Colour, bassist-Kevin Ellis, drummer-Chris Noonan and guitarist-Joe Calandrino, enlist some of the top sax and keyboard luminaries in contemporary jazz for recording and performance.

"...relaxed in style, and arguably the best track on the album, is the title song where Smooth Jazz Therapy favorite Nelson Rangell is wonderful on soprano sax. It is one reason of many why you should make ‘The Dream Merchant’ part of your listening pleasure."
-Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy

"This is well-executed contemporary jazz, anyway you cut it...It is clear that, by choosing material and contributing artists well, Dreaming in Colour has created an album that can stand out proudly in the midst of this genre. Wonderful work."
-Ronald Jackson, The Smooth Jazz Ride

"Taken as individual tracks or as a cohesive collection, Dreaming in Colour’s THE DREAM MERCHANT is a fabulously satisfying listen. You cannot go wrong with this one!"
-Scott O'Brien, Smoothjazz.com

"This is a top-notch smooth jazz album featuring players like Jeff Lorber, Eric Marienthal, Nelson Rangell and Tim Pascoal, so you know that the level of musicianship is excellent. Thumbs up!"
-Peter Boehi, Smooth Jazz Vibes

"With The Dream Merchant, Dreaming In Colour show their vivid and energetic approach to contemporary jazz. Supported by star team players like Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal they succeed to move the audience through their prolific performance."
-Hans-Bernd Hulsmann, Smooth Jazz Daily

"The interplay between Calandrino on guitar and Lorber on keys is a focal point of the retro tinged ‘Chromatic’ while ‘Keepsakes’ proves to be a jazzy yet velvety number where the combined talents of Ellis, Noonan, Calandrino, Lorber and Marienthal are found to be at their impeccable best."
-Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy

"Smooth Groove Radio "The Vibe" is looking forward to spinning your project and being a part of having you top the charts! Your music has all the right elements and you know what sounds will sell. It is refreshingly appealing to a wide variety of Audiences. Cheer's to success! Looking forward to May Day!"
-Colleen "Coco" Spencer, Smooth Groove Radio "The Vibe"

"Elements Of Jazz TV supports this project. We would love to feature the band performing live on the show. Please contact us at elementsofjazz.tv. Thanks in advance and see you soon!"
-Carol Johnston, Elements Of Jazz TV

"I have done a news feature on Dreaming In Colour which can be found at www.smoothjazztherapy.com. A review copy of the album would be excellent."
-Denis Poole, Smooth Jazz Therapy

"Hi, Dreaming In Colour! Love your Music!!! At your earliest convenience, please submit your New Project for airplay on our GLOBAL Radio Station, SmoothJazz.com! Cheers! & Looking Forward!:-)"
-Jamie Trent, Smoothjazz.com

The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project

"(Soul Eyes is) a very tangy, jubilant and authentic set of Latin/Afro-Cuban sounds."

"explore(s) unlimited creative possibilities that fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms with modern jazz sensibilities and masterful arrangements."
-From Latin Beat magazine's review of the CD,
In The Middle

Thanks to everyone for making our latest CD a success! "Mambo Influenciado" was released summer of 2010 and got extensive radio play throughout the country. The recording spent weeks in the top 20 on U.S. Jazz Radio charts, with active rotation on over 80 stations across the country. The recording was chosen as the CD of the Month, August 2010, by KUVO Denver, one of the country's premier jazz stations. Thanks to all the radio programmers for giving us the opportunity to be heard.

"Mambo Influenciado" is available locally in Springfield, IL at The Corkscrew Wine Emporium. Otherwise, go to the releases page and there are links for download and sales from itunes, CDBaby and other independent distributors.

The best of both worlds when Latin meets jazz! The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project is a fresh mix of outstanding jazz soloists, rich, Afro-Cuban inspired rhythms, and unique arrangements of jazz standards. The group has played virtually every regional club and festival featuring jazz with notable performances at Chicago's Jazz Showcase, St. Louis' Jazz at the Bistro, and The St. Louis Jazz and Heritage Festival.

Our 2007 CD"In the Middle" (Cagoots Records, 2007) is still going strong. Latin Beat Magazine says "(In the Middle) explore(s) unlimited creative possibilities that fuse Afro-Caribbean rhythms with modern jazz sensibilities and masterful arrangements". Go to the reviews page to read the entire review.

Craig Russo (Drums,Congas) - A Latin percussionist and drumset artist with a strong interest in Afro-Cuban music, Craig has traveled to Cuba to study with world-reknown percussionists such as Enrique Pla', Jose Eladio, and Roberto Vizcaino. He also has 20 years of experience playing mainstream jazz with various groups in the Midwest and East Coast.

Chip McNeill (Tenor Saxophone) - Chip is nationally recognized as both performer and educator, especially through long associations with Maynard Ferguson and Arturo Sandoval. Chip is currently Chairman of Jazz Studies at University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.

John "Chip" Stephens (Piano) - Chip is internationally recognized pianist with strong roots in both Latin music and jazz. Chip has performed or recorded with Arturo Sandoval, Michael Brecker, Maynard Ferguson, Bobby Watson and a host of other world-class musicians. He currently teaches at U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Jeff Helgesen (Trumpet) - Jeff is former featured trumpet player with the Ray Charles Orchestra, and is one of the most respected and in-demand musicians in Central Illinois. He now teaches and leads several ensembles of his own, as well freelances as a studio musician and clinician.

Tito Carrillo (Trumpet) - Trumpeter and educator, Tito Carrillo has been a fixture in the Chicago jazz and Latin music scene. since 1996. The list of artists he has performed, recorded and toured with includes jazz greats Kurt Elling and Toshiko Akiyoshi; big bands such a Woody Herman and Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra and Latin music legends Tito Puente and Paquito D'Rivera. He currently teaches at U of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Josh Walden (Bass) - Recently returned from several years in Los Angeles, Josh Walden is one of the most versatile and respected bass players in the region. He works regularly on a wide variety of groups including Latin, funk, and straight-ahead jazz.

Jeff Magby (Drums, Congas) - Jeff is one of the region's most in-demand musicians. Jeff lives in Urbana, IL, where he maintains a busy schedule teaching and performing a wide variety of music styles.

Other musicians that have appeared or recorded with The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project include:
Christopher Reyman, Carlos Vega, Ricardo Flores, Douglas Little, and Glenn Wilson.

$18.00 - $25.00

Tickets Available at the Door

$1.00 of every ticket sold to the Central Illinois Food Bank Come see why Cloud Jazz of Madrid Spain lauded their release The Dream Merchant #3 of 2012 in their" Top 12 of 2012" Sandy Shore of Smoothjazz.com, the largest global streaming station on the net for contemporary jazz says " Dreaming in Colour ,playing with superstars Jeff Lorber and Eric Marienthal, is loaded with musicality and the disk sparkles from beginning to end"... Hans-Bernard Huntsman of Smooth Jazz Daily -" Dreaming in Colour show their vivid and energetic approach to contemporary jazz,succeeding to move the audience through their prolific performance" Ronald Jackson of The Smooth Jazz Ride-" This is well executed contemporary jazz,anyway you cut it" The Dream Merchant - being played now from Melbourne to Tampa,Tokyo to Phoenix, and Geneva to Denver....and live in Springfield,July19th... A night of Dreaming in Colour with opening act The Craig Russo Latin Jazz Project

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