"This week, the Metropole again
is featuring an artist worthy of this plush and intimate room.
By booking Chicago jazz pianist Marshall Vente and his trio.
The club's management clearly is emphasizing exceptional local
artists who deserve a downtown showcase.
And though one hesitates to leap
to any firm conclusions at this early date, the Fairmont's jazz-oriented
policy appears to be paying off: Tuesday night's crowd was by
far the largest this listener has seen in the Metropole on a
non-weekend. Chicagoans, it seems, are beginning to discover
Those who make their way to the
club this week will hear a sleek jazz trio headed by an especially
creative pianist. Joined by bassist Scott Mason and drummer
Isidro Perez, Vente produces a smart, sophisticated music utterly
befitting the room.
Colleen Timler is a straightforward,
unpretentious jazz singer who's not particularly interested
in making unusual artistic choices. So while Timler unspooled
a series of jazz standards. Vente offered virtually a mini-recital
of his own. The pianist's big and complex chords, catchy melodic
hooks and all-over-the-keys virtuosity made his singer's work
that much more appealing."
-Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune
Isidro Perez who has been Marshall's
drummer since 1975!
Scott Mason in a recording session