"I called the great French violinist Jean-Luc Ponty and I said 'So, who's the new cat? Who's got the stuff? And he said Zach Brock." - Stanley Clarke
Heralded as "the pre-eminent improvising violinist of his generation," Zach Brock is an award-winning jazz violinist and composer whose music draws on the traditions of jazz, classical, world, and popular music. The Chicago Tribune recognized Zach's latest recording "Perpetuity" as one of it's "top ten jazz recordings of 2014" and Downbeat Magazine's 61st Annual Critics Poll named Zach it's "Rising Star" Violinist of 2013. Zach's acclaim as a bandleader has grown through appearances at venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City and festivals like "Tudo é Jazz" in Ouro Preto, Brazil, while his reputation as a sideman has spread through collaborations with legendary bassist Stanley Clarke, Grammy-award-winning super-group Snarky Puppy, and contemporary jazz masters Phil Markowitz and Dave Liebman. In 2012 Zach became the first violinist ever to record for Criss Cross Records in it's 32-year history and 2015 will see his third release for the acclaimed Dutch label. In addition to touring and recording, Zach has represented the U.S. Department of State as a Musical Ambassador in the Solomon Islands, has been a featured soloist for two Sundance Festival feature film scores, and is currently "Artist In Residence" at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia, PA.
"This is music of brisk intelligence and an almost off-putting abundance of composure with frictionless access to great chunks of classical post-minimalism, atmospheric indie-rock and harmonically astute post-bop." - New York Times
Chicago-based bassist/composer and bandleader, Matt Ulery, has developed an instantly recognizable sound. Known for his sweeping lyricism, unconventional phrase structures, expressionistic emotionalism, Ulery's music is informed by the entire spectrum of jazz, classical, rock, pop, and folk specifically American, South American, Balkan, and other European folk styles. He performs not only on upright and electric bass, but doubles on tuba. Ulery has produced and released 6 albums of all original music under his name including his three most recent releases of critical acclaim, "By a Little Light," "Wake an Echo," and "In the Ivory," on Dave Douglas's Greenleaf Music record label in 2012-2014. Ulery has played in bands with Kurt Rosenwinkel, Phil Markowitz, Jimmy Chamberlin, Fareed Haque, Howard Levy, Patricia Barber, Goran Ivanovic, Jeff Parker and many others. As a composer, Ulery has collaborated with ensembles such as eighth blackbird and the New Millennium Orchestra of Chicago. When not touring parts of the U.S. and Europe, Matt appears regularly in the Chicago area music venues and has performed with his groups at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall, Chicago Orchestra Hall, Millennium Park Pritzker Pavillion, Chicago Cultural Center, The Krannert Center, Blues Alley, Jazz Showcase, The Metro and countless other fine music listening rooms.
Jon Deitemyer has quickly earned his place among a new breed of creative, expressive jazz drummers. Grammy-winning singer Patricia Barber raves: “Jon Deitemyer is the drummer everybody wants right now…” and Chicagojazz.com says: “Jon Deitemyer has earned a reputation as a must-hear drummer and doesn't disappoint.” He graduated summa cum laude from the esteemed University of North Texas and spent substantial time at the Banff Centre for the Arts. In only a short professional career, Jon has performed and recorded with Patricia Barber, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Matt Ulery’s Loom, Grazyna Auguscik, Zach Brock, Ben Paterson, and countless others. Jon released his debut album “Collected Shorts” in 2010. Mr. Deitemyer's performances have taken him all over the United States, as well as South Korea, Brazil, Poland, Germany, Lithuania, the Czech Republic, and Canada. Recordings of his drumming can be heard on the Concord, Greenleaf, Origin, and MaxJazz labels. In addition, Jon’s role in music education has grown rapidly: he has earned an Illinois Arts Council grant for education through the Plato School. He is also an active educator, with teaching positions at Loyola University Chicago and the Chicago Academy for the Arts.