Meet the Staff
Program: Jazz Tropicale
The current and long-running edition of the Marshall Vente Trio has included bassist Scott Mason (since '79) and drummer Isi Perez (since '75), they have been a integral part of all of his musical projects, collaborations and gigs. Their alternates, bassist Jim Batson and Brazilian drummer Luiz Ewerling have been performing with MV since '91.
Project 9, a jazz nonet, was assembled in '79 as a vehicle to write and compose new music. This lead to MV's two consecutive National Endowment for Arts Jazz Apprenticeships with David Matthews and Gil Evans, '82-87; a NEA Composer Grant; and, two Illinois Art Council Composer Grants. Also, four critically acclaimed recordings: Endless Intensity, No Net, Alison's Backyard and Marshall Law. Project 9 has expanded to a 12-pc ensemble and has a long running collaboration with saxophonist Billy Harper.
MV collaborated with bassist/vocalist Eldee Young beginning in '87. This lead to two recordings: The Long & Short of Jazz and Step Up to the Mic. Eldee was also featured guest on Marshall Law and was a part of all of MV's gigs until his sudden death in '07.
Tropicale, an ensemble specializing in modern Brazilian, Latin and Caribbean Music was formed in '91 and released the recording Tropicale ('96). This also lead to a collaboration with steel drum virtuoso Neville York of St. Maarten, five tours to the Caribbean and two recordings: Sweet Salt and Jazz Flamboyant. A duo recording of Black Orpheus, MV's piano and vocalist Joanie Pallatto, lead to the critically acclaimed recording, Two. Also, MV's radio show, Jazz Tropicale, was launched in '92 and can be heard every Sunday at 10 pm CST on WDCB 90.9fm, streamed via www.wdcb.org The annual Jazz Tropicale Cruise aboard the tall ship Windy, has set sail in mid-July since '95.
MV currently plays gigs and special events in Chicago nearly every day and also ventures out-of-town. Apart from jazz and creative music, MV also leads the Chicago Blues Review and the Marshall Vente Band, performing nearly all the commercial music of the last 60 years for private and corporate special events, charity galas, trade shows, etc.