SideBar Sessions with Chris White/Terry Bartolotta Duo

Wed, Nov 28 2018, 8:00pm - $10 suggested donation

Doors open at 7 pm.

CHRIS WHITE: Pianist Chris White hails from Toronto, Canada. After obtaining a B.A. in English from the University of Toronto, Chris decided to focus his studies entirely on music. In 1997 he attended Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music and pursued his Masters degree in Jazz Studies, graduating with a Phi Kappa Lambda award (National Music Honors Society) and was elected to the Who’s Who of American College Students in 1999. Gaining valuable experience in Indianapolis, he performed with The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra, David Baker, Jamey Aebersold and Oliver Nelson, Jr.  He has studied piano with Luke Gillespie, Lynne Arriale, Joanne Brackeen, Barry Harris and Andy LaVerne.  In August 2000 Chris was invited to perform in the Steans Institute for Young Artists at Ravinia hosted by James Moody, Rufus Reid and David Baker.

Currently he is an instructor of jazz piano and theory at Lake Forest College, North Park University and North Central College.  Chris is a busy freelance musician in the Chicago area, and has performed at The Green Mill, The Jazz Showcase, Andy’s, The House of Blues, Navy Pier, The Peninsula Hotel, the Coq D’or at the Drake Hotel and many more.  He is a member of the Paul Marinaro Trio. In 2010 he completed his Doctoral of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  His two CD’s “Young at Heart” and “Tributaries” are available through this website.


TERRY BARTOLOTTA received his Bachelor's in Music from Northern Illinois Univ. in 2006, and his Master's in Music from DePaul Univ. in 2009.  As a member of both the NIU Jazz Ensemble and the DePaul Jazz Ensemble, he has performed with masters like:  Phil Woods, Jim McNeely, Charles McPherson, Claudio Roditi, and Rodney Whitaker.  

Bartolotta has performed with acclaimed local musicians like:  Rose Colella, Paul Marinaro, Elaine Dame, Abby Riccards, Art Davis, Chris White, Alex Beltran, Joe Policastro, and Chris Madsen.  Also, he leads the Terry Bartolotta Group which has been performing original compositions and jazz standard songs at Andy's Jazz Club, the Green Mill Lounge, Uncommon Ground, and Jerry's in Chicago.  In 2012, the group celebrated the release of their debut cd, Above the Clouds.   Since then the album has been played on NPR's "All Things Considered" as well as many other regional stations such as: WDCB Glen Ellyn, Northwestern Univ. Radio, WHPK Univ of Chicago Radio.  More recently, the group was featured at the 2014 Elkhart Indiana Jazz Festival.

In addition, Bartolotta freelances throughout the Chicago area as a teacher maintaining his own private guitar lesson studio in Chicago and the North Shore area.  Also, he teaches private guitar lessons in Hinsdale as part of Learn to Make Music, and he is an adjunct music professor at Harold Washington College.

Thanks to our Media Sponsor: WDCB-FM (90.9) – Chicago’s Jazz Station!