FRIENDS OF MSJ

 

PAT MALLINGER

Pat Mallinger is one of the top jazz artists in Chicago.  He began his career touring with the Artie Shaw Orchestra for three years then with the Charles Earland Band and the Woody Herman Orchestra. 

Throughout his career, Mallinger has performed with many notable musicians including  Herbie Hancock,  Dave Brubeck, Eddie Higgins, Cedar Walton, Jimmy Heath, Aretha Franklin, Clark Terry, Cab Calloway,  Randy Brecker, Jack McDuff, Joey DeFrancesco, Joe Lovano, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Lee Konitz, Slide Hampton, Randy Brecker, Doc Severinsen, Roy Hargrove, Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Harry Connick Jr., Nicholas Payton, Vince Welnick and many more jazz greats.

Pat’s discography includes 33 albums.  Of his latest album, Elevate, Downbeat Magazine stated “Organically flowing, passionately played, highly recommended.”

His band, Sabertooth, has been the house band at has the legendary Chicago jazz club, Green mill for 26 years .  A national feature on PBS television with Christian McBride features the band and the club on their 23rd anniversary of performing at the Green Mill.

Since 1994, Mallinger has served as the saxophone jazz mentor in the Ravinia Jazz Mentor Program. The program, founded by Ramsey Lewis, mentors city youth through jazz performance and clinics in Chicago Public schools. Mallinger also works with the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project and Celebration program created by Jon Faddis.

                    

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MARK SMALL

Photo by: Steve Malagodi

Mark Small’s vast jazz experience exemplifies the true art of the American jazz musician.  Mark has performed in over 35 countries and appeared on numerous televisions programs including Late Night with Jay Leno, Letterman Show, Saturday Night Live, Ellen, The Parkinson Show (UK), Junos (Canada), and The Logies (Australia).

Mark completed three world tours and has performed in most of the major theaters and arenas in the U.S.A., Australia, Europe, and the U.K..  His work with Michael Buble’ included the Grammy Award winning DVD (Michael Buble’ Meets Madison Square Garden) and the Grammy nominated DVD entitles Caught in the Act.  On both, Mark is the featured saxophone soloist. Mark also arranged and orchestrated music for the Buble’’ tours.

Mark is recorded on  24 jazz albums including those with such notables as George Benson, Michael Buble’ (Grammy and Grammy nomination), and Darcey James Argue’s Secret Society (Grammy nominated) on which he was the featured soloist.

Photo by: Juren David

A complete, well-rounded musician, Mark composed the soundtrack for the award-winning show, Louie C.K. and the soundtrack for award-wining film The Drummer by Bill Block. His love of playing mainstream jazz includes appearances with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and the notable jazz clubs Jazz Gallery, 55 Bar, and the legendary New York clubs Blue Note and Village Vanguard.  Splitting his time between New York and Miami, Mark is a sought-after performer for the Miami jazz scene.

As a well-known jazz educator, Mark devotes a significant portion of his jazz activities to illuminating young players in the art of jazz.  He earned his Doctorate in Jazz Studies at the University of Miami Frost School of Music and is a professor at the prestigious New World School for the Arts in Miami, Florida. His well-accepted instructional approach is summarized in his Teaching Statement: At the core of my teaching is what I refer to as HEARING/KNOWING/EXECUTING. These are the ability to feel music and recreate it with your body, think conceptually about sound and organize it intellectually, and recreating these thoughts presenting them through one’s instrument as clearly as they were conceived in the mind.

        

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RODOLFO ZUNIGA

A native of San Jose in Costa Rica, Rodolfo came to the U.S. to pursue his university degrees.  Rodolfo is a world class drummer and one of the most in-demand jazz drummers and educators currently working.

  • TALENT is exemplified in being awarded a residency as the leader of the Rodolfo Zuniga Quintet at Carnegie Hall and as a globally sought-after drummer.
  • TEACHING Earning his Master’s Degree with honors, Rodolfo’s teaching skills have been demonstrated at the Kennedy Center and numerous other clinics throughout the U.S.A.  He is a professor at Florida International University teaching Jazz Percussion and Jazz History.  Rodolfo also enjoys working with young talent in his teaching role at the prestigious New World School of the Arts.
  • PERFORMANCE Rodolfo’s exquisite and masterful playing has been demonstrated with numerous notable jazz artists including Arturo Sandoval, Paquito Rivera, Nestor Torres,  Benny Golsen, Dr. Billy Taylor, Robin Eubanks, Betty Carter, Sammy Figuera, Allan Harris, Martin Bejerano, Ira Sullivan, Mark Small, Shelly Berg, Slide Hampton and many others throughout the world.  He  travels the world with creative contemporary jazz projects and with world renowned pop star, Julio Inglesias.  Rodolfo has seven international jazz tours scheduled for 2018.  His current tour with the World Citizen Band is receiving high praise.

Rodolfo is recorded on the Grammy- nominated album Journey to the Heiros Gamos and more than a dozen other albums including Surfaces and his latest album (2016) North Star.  On both, Rodolfo appears as drummer and composer.