Eldee Young / Marshall Vente
Eldee Young past away on February
12, 2007. He was warm, generous and always had a smile. He will be
here for information on the
Home Going Celebration for Eldee Young.
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about the various groups, ensembles and projects that Marshall Vente
is involved with.
Windy City Biz Bash, May 22, 2003
Up to the Mic stands out in the crowd of jazz releases as a concept
album of merit. The CD begins with a comedy rap and concludes with a
original poetry recitiation to the accompaniment of Young's probing
bass. Much care has also been put into the art design of the CD, to
insure that the visual aspects of the recording reflect the vibrancy
of the music. These are elements too often absent from even the best
in regionally produced jazz recordings.
to the music created by these two skillful musicians and their cohorts
reminds me of something Dizzy Gillespie often said but is too often
forgotten in jazz, "I don't see why I can't make good music and
have a good time doing it."
Neville York Gala
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Step Up to the Mic
Eldee Young & Marshall Vente Trio
Brasileiro Paulinho Garcia, Harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy Saxophonists
Jeff Newell (NYC), Rich Corpolongo (Chicago) and Drummer Isidro Perez
Plus, Project 9 (nonet horn section)
Tropicale (Brazilian rhythm section)
Bassist and vocalist Eldee Young is
best known for his hit recordings with the original Ramsey Lewis Trio
and Young-Holt Unlimited. He currently divides his time between gigs
at home in Chicago and the Far East (Singapore, Bangkok, Seoul and Hong
Pianist/arranger/composer Marshall Vente
is one of the busiest musicians in Chicago with several different recordings
released in the ‘80’s and ‘90’s. He was a National Endowment of the
Arts “jazz apprentice” with Gil Evans and David Matthews from 1982-87.
Since then he has performed throughout the States, the Caribbean and
in Europe. Apart from creating music, Marshall hosts a weekly radio
show, Jazz Tropicale, heard every Sunday at 10 pm CST in Chicago on
WDCB 90.9 FM and streamed on www.wdcb.org He is also the current president
of the Association of Professional Orchestra Leaders (APOL).
Together, Eldee and Marshall have been
collaborating for 15 years in Chicago. Their previous Middle Coast releases
have included The Long and Short of Jazz (‘00) and Marshall Law (’01).
Their goal is to present music with content that is also fun and entertaining.
Step Up to the Mic is a festival, both eclectic and fun, swinging jazz
- with broad appeal to all listeners:
Blues with a story: CC Rider and Centerpiece
Mainstream & modern: Birks Works,
D & E, Just Time In, Trance Dance & Work Song
Brazilian: Voce E Eu, Wave and If You Never Come To Me
Ballad: As Time Goes By
World influences: Song for My Father
Comedy and Poetry: Eldee and Marshall rap and The Soul of
Jazz Release date: June 7, 2002 Radio
Promotion: Al Julian/Improvisational Promotions, (941) 255-9881,
fax (941) 255-1350 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle Coast Records and tour inquiries:
Marshall Vente (630) 968-3339, fax (630) 968-4950
published by the Jazz Institute of Chicago,
July 2002 Jazzgram, Chicago on CD
Young & Marshall Vente
"Step Up to the Mic"
Middle Coast 004
by Peter Coppock
partnerships are as hard to come by in jazz as they are to explain.
The clash of egos and economic considerations tend to prohibit them,
and even as one scans the sweep of jazz history, few come to mind:
Brubeck and Desmond; Bird and Diz; Stephane and Django; Thad and Mel;
et al. One such partnership has flourished in Chicago jazz for over
15 years in Y & V, and a new CD is their best display to date.
As a follow up to their first CD of two years ago, The Long and Short
of Jazz, Step Up to the Mic serves a sumptuous diet of Young's warm,
sincere vocals and Vente's arranging chops and swinging piano. Unlike
the previous CD which focused on vocals and arrangements, the new
recording gives us a more complete picture of Vente's piano artistry
- his rhythmic diversity, sparkling right hand lines, and adept comping
that underscores each ensemble. Young's on-the-money bass and attractive
voice blend easily into Vente's many and varied settings - everything
from big band to trio to Tropicale. Included in Vente's full
arsenal of talent are Brazilian masters Paulinho Garcia and Luis Ewerling;
NYC alto Jeff Newell and Grammy-winner Howard Levy. (Quincy Jones
wished he could call upon such talent!) Thanks to the impeccable sound
engineering of tenorist Jim Massoth and Crystal Studios, journeyman
Isi Perez is heard in all his nuanced glory -- as Vente drummer since
Vente's radical recasting of the standard "Just in Time"
is worth the price of admission, with Young's surprise entrance with
the lyrics coming six minutes into the chart (a clever device, it
is both startling and welcomed). Veteran alto player Rich Corpolongo
dazzles us again with a solo that skates the boundary between "outside"
and "in" with all the florid thrust of a bebop master. His
piccolo lead playing is also an essential element of the Vente orchestral
palette. There is even an arrangement of "Work Song" that
manages to make the tune sound fresh - not an easy feat in itself.
Horace Silver fans will have their ears pricked by the metamorphosis
"Song for My Father" undergoes, from major key to minor.
Here, as in most instances, Vente's resourceful use of percussion
makes the musical event all the more satisfying. To satisfy the fans
of Vente's Latin side there are lovely and stirring versions of "If
you Never Come to Me", "Wave" and an exhilarating "Voce
fans from five decades will not be let down, as the new CD features
his authentic brand of grit, guile and good humor on the bluesy selections
"CC Rider" and "Centerpiece". Like all of the
best blues singers, Young is a master storyteller, and his distinct
persona transforms the ancient "CC Rider" into a modern
fable - and the best monkey tune since Nat Cole's "Straighten
Up and Fly Right".
Eldee Young & Marshall Vente ,” The Long
and the Short of Jazz “ :-) , whatever way around it is mentioned,
when those Two ” Step up to the Mic “ , then you are listening and
enjoying a “Tall walking Team” with great variety and craftsmenship
in Jazz, no wonder that also the joyfull steeljazz of Neville York
with the Spirit of the Carribean, fits in perfectly and makes their
companionship really a “Jazz Flamboyant”!!
Joost van Steen, Host / Producer Jazz & Blues
Artist's Coalition member Betty Ann Mocek designed the
furniture displayed with Marshall and Eldee.
and Eldee outside the Fairmont Hotel, Chicago.
"The Long and Short of Jazz'
Eldee Young / Marshall Vente
Trio, Quartet and with the nonet, Project
Presenting fun swinging jazz on their new CD,
"The Long and Short of Jazz.'
Eldee plays bass in the Ray Brown tradition
and sings like Joe Williams. Marshall plays solid straight-ahead piano
with the trio, sometimes a little funky, and has arranged and conducted
the great "little big band," the nonet Project 9. The trio is also augmented
by Chicago brasileiro Paulinho Garcia on guitar and vocals for
a stunning rendition of Jobim's "So Danco Samba" which also includes
Eldee Young was an original member of the Ramsey
Lewis Trio, co-founder of Young-Holt Unlimited and has performed with
Nancy Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr., Joe Williams, T-Bone Walker, Joe Turner,
Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Sonny Stitt, Dinah Washington and many
others. He has received Gold records for "The In Crowd", "Hang
on Sloopy" and "The Soulful Strut." Leonard Feather lists
Eldee in the Encyclopedia of Jazz.
Marshall Vente is a respected Chicago based
pianist, arranger, composer, bandleader and producer. He studied arranging
in the '80's with Gil Evans and David Matthews in NYC under two Jazz
Apprentice grants from the National Endowment for the Arts. Since then
Marshall has appeared at many regional festivals, on NPR's "Jazz
Alive" and the "American Jazz Festival" nationwide New Year's
Eve broadcast. He has an eight CD discoverery that showcases his composing
and arranging with Project 9; Brasilian and Latin side with Tropicale;
solo piano; with vocalist Joanie Pallatto; Caribbean influence with
Neville York of St. Maarten N.A.; and, with bassist / vocalist Eldee
Young. Marshall also hosts a weekly radio show in Chicago "Jazz Tropicale"
on WDCB 90.9 FM ("it's a jazz show with a few palm trees") and
produces an annual jazz festival every January at the Jazz Showcase
Here is Eldee and Marshall recorded live
at the Metropole:
Chicago's world renowned bassist, gold recording
artist, and original member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio.
Music that was played on AM radio!
Grammy with Ramsey Lewis for the In Crowd; and, Gold Records with Young-Holt
Unlimited for the Soulful Strut and Wack Wack
here for Eldees Hits
Musician / Vocalist
INSTRUMENTS - Acoustic Bass, Cello and Electric
STUDIED - The American Conservatory of Music
- Chicago Illinois
FORMERLY WITH - The Ramsey Lewis Trio and Young-Holt
Unlimited as co-leader.
PERFORMANCES - Appeared and performed on network
and local television, major movie productions and radio. Television
appearances include Fred Astaire's last television special.
CONCERT PERFORMANCES - include Carnegie
Hall, Lincoln Center, Apollo Theatre - New York, Newport Jazz Festival,
Montreux Jazz Festival - Montreux, Switzerland; Longhorn Jazz Festival
NIGHTCLUB APPEARANCES - theatres and colleges
all over the U.S. and Canada - round out the personal appearance gamut.
PERFORMANCES WITH NOTABLES - Include; Nancy
Wilson, Oscar Brown Jr.. Joe Williams, T-Bone Walker, Joe Turner, Dizzy
Gillespie, Dinah Washington and many others.
AWARDS - Recognition awards include those received
from -Downbeat, Record World and Playboy Magazines also honorary citizenship
to the City of New Orleans, La.
RECORDINGS - All recordings by The Ramsey Lewis
Trio up to 1965, on Argo and Cadet record labels.
All recordings by Young-Holt Unlimited on Brunswick,
Atlantic-Cotillion and Jewel Paula record labels.
Various recordings with such artists as James
Moody, Sonny Stitt and others.
GOLD RECORDS - Gold records were received for
"The in Crowd" and "Hang on Sloopy" with the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "The
Soulful Strut" with Young-Holt Unlimited. Totalling one gold album and
three gold 45's.
LISTINGS - The Encyclopedia of Jazz by Leonard
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You may contact Marshall Vente
by phone at: (630) 541-3381
Cell phone: (630) 430-5113
Westmont, IL 60559