SideBar Sessions with Mitch Paliga Quartet & Chris White Duo
MITCH PALIGA QUARTET (8 & 9:45 pm in the SideBar Music Room): Saxophonist Mitch Paliga is an active performer, educator and composer in the Chicago area. He currently tours with actor/musician Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band. As a member of the Lt. Dan Band he has performed in Afghanistan, South Korea, Japan, Europe and Canada as well as many U.S. states averaging 40 shows a year. In 2008 he also performed with the band Kimotion at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory of Music and the Hue Festival in Vietnam. Mitch has performed with Randy Brecker, Vinnie Colaiuta, Danny Gottlieb, Victor Kraus, the Temptations, Marie Osmond, the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, and Bob Newhart. Mitch is also a founding member of the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. He has two recordings under his own name, Blithe Moments and Fall Night which is on the Origin label. He also has recorded over 30 original compositions and arrangements with a variety of artists. http://mitchpaliga.com
CHRIS WHITE DUO (7 & 9 pm in the SideBar): 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. http://www.chriswhitepiano.com
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Doors open at 7 pm.