A Family Affair: Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase

A Family Affair: Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase

by Stu Katz


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A Family Affair: Live at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase

Multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan spent a good while working around Chicago before leaving for Florida in the early '60s, though he retained a significant fan base in his old hometown. This live recording made in 2010 over four nights at Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase is a reunion, featuring vibraphonist Stu Katz, who while in his teens had regularly sat in with Sullivan over a half-century earlier before pursuing a law career. Joining them in the rhythm section are pianist Dan Trudell, bassist Dennis Carroll, and drummer George Fludas, the latter two who have played often with Sullivan for years. Starting off with a bluesy hard bop original, "Blues Two Views," the leader offers some sinewy muted trumpet, followed by strong features for Katz and Trudell before the leader returns with a vibrato-filled tenor solo. Sullivan switches to alto sax for an expressive, offbeat take of "Pennies from Heaven" (in which Katz switches to piano) and plays soprano sax with equal authority in a moody rendition of "Lullaby of the Leaves" and a driving "Yesterdays" (the latter featuring vocalist Lucia Newell's buoyant scat solo). Stu's son Steve takes over on bass for a breezy run-through of "Take the 'A' Train," with the vibist shining in the lead before Sullivan makes his explosive entrance on tenor. The attentive audience obviously enjoyed the reunion as much as the players on-stage, yet another fine example of memorable music documented at the longtime Chicago nightspot.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/20/2011
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558259920
catalogNumber: 82599
Rank: 148690

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stu Katz   Primary Artist,Piano,Vibes
Ira Sullivan   Flugelhorn,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Muted Trumpet
Dennis Carroll   Acoustic Bass
George Fludas   Drums
Lucia Newell   Vocals
Dan Trudell   Piano
Steve Katz   Acoustic Bass

Technical Credits

Ira Sullivan   Composer,Liner Notes
John Bishop   Cover Design
Jerome Kern   Composer
Benny Golson   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Charlie Parker   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Bill Klewitz   Cover Photo
Bernice Petkere   Composer
Charles C. Converse   Composer
John Burke   Composer
Joy Young   Composer
Steven B. Wiese   Engineer
Steve Katz   Producer

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