Playing the music of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea, Horace Silver, Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and more.
Second City Jazz is a Chicago-based keyboard, percussion and bass ensemble. We also feature a variety of talented guest musicians. For information, demo CD's and booking, contact: Chris Nemeth firstname.lastname@example.org
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SCJ is Cityfied!
Second City Jazz recorded our first CD at the best studio for jazz in the Chicago area: Steve Yates' Recording. Visit our Music Files page to listen. We're excited about Cityfied and hope you are too! Thanks to David Schachman Photography for his wonderful Chicago cityscapes.
SCJ mixes well with fun and food!
We mixed it up at Waterfront Cafe in Rogers Park, with guest musicians Bob Dawson on tenor sax and John Goodman on drums. Perfect weather and enthusiastic fans made these truly great evenings.
We played two gigs recently at Chicago's iconic home for great music, food, and fun: Heartland Cafe! Hard to beat Shimon Marcucci on soprano, and Bob Dawson on tenor.
SCJ made the scene at Perimeter Gallery as part of Late Night at River North Gallery District, surrounded by elegant artwork of Soichi Ida and Robert Kushner. Thanks to Frank Paluch for inviting us to add straight ahead jazz to this unique evening.
Details on these and other appearances are always posted on our Schedule page. Hope to see you soon!
SCJ Plays Live in Chicago
Fire up the tiki torches and kick off a a set with Sonny Rollins' Tenor Madness, and St. Thomas! That's all it took for Second City Jazz to get the crowd at Waterfront Cafe in Rogers Park smiling and, by the middle of the set, dancing to calypso, blues, and straight ahead jazz. Thanks to Jeffrey and the great staff at Waterfront for a fun evening under the stars. What a great setting on the shore of Lake Michigan and a view of the Chicago skyline!We're really looking forward to our next Waterfront Cafe event! (Photo: Brent Hoffmann)
SCJ percussionist Charles Jaffe, pianist Jonah Orlofsky and bassist Chris Nemeth teamed up at the Fairmont Hotel to entertain the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs' elegant awards dinner.
Pianist Jonah Orlofsky and bassist Chris Nemeth joined with Bob Dawson (at left) on tenor sax to add to the enjoyment for the National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies (NAMIC) evening reception at the elegant Renaissance Hotel in Chicago's Loop.
What great people, and what fun events!
Second City Jazz, live onstage at the beautiful Morse Theater in Rogers Park on Chicago's north side. Thanks to the Family Matters community organization for inviting us to help them celebrate their anniversary and support a worthy cause. Thanks to Morse Theater's primo audio engineer Chris Gelin for his wonderful support! [photo: Clayton Jarvinen]
At left, alto and tenor sax player Bill Meyer and Chris enjoyed a great jazz set at Noyes Cultural Arts Center with Irene Zissis on keyboard and Rich Malato on guitar. Each of us has a common background of study and performance with composer and percussionist David Jennings http://www.davidjenningsmusic.com/.