Quotes & Recommendations



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 Tour

"Your orchestra was amazing and the tropical touch helped make the evening sizzle with excitement" - Du Page Children's Museum Gala 2002

"Thank you very much for your excellent performance at our client appreciation party aboard the Windy sailboat. The event went perfectly and your music was a large contributor, especially the ability to play such a variety of music to appease our group." - Di Meo Schneider & Associates

"Once again, many thanks for the wonderful performance at 'al la Bastille'! The opening music set the mood for the French flair of the evening. The dinner music was a perfect background to the formal meal - yet keeping the tables alive with laughter and conversation. The evening progressed with the orchestra keeping the dance floor busy. Looking forward to next year!" - Downtown Wheaton Association

"As always, you were professional and the music was delightful. We would not hesitate to use your services in the future." - Illinois Spina Bifida Association

"It was a super event in terms of the weather, the catering and the band which was perfect for our party. Thank you for making it such a great outing for us, you are all truly accomplished musicians. And we will remember you." - The Reef Funds

"Now I know why BOSSA made the comment, 'Marshall Vente loves a party!' We were so lucky to have you and the group electrify our holiday party. It was simply terrific and very exciting!" - Chicago Magazine

"We want to thank you again for the fabulous job you and the band did at our wedding. You guys were spectacular and truly made the evening wonderful. All of our guests were complimenting you for days after the event!" - Matt & Lisa Young

"Not only is he a fine professional with outstanding talent as both a performer and composer, he and his sidemen conduct themselves in an exemplary manner with the Lion Bar management and its patrons." - Restaurants Manager, the Westin Hotel, Chicago

"Thanks for making our wedding day a big hit! The music during dinner was terrific, it set the tone we ere hoping for - kind of quiet elegance. The band did a great job of getting the party going after dinner." - Sharon L. Johnson - IBM

"I've been to so few of these parties where people actually danced all night, you really kept everyone on the dance floor!" - Cleo Wilson, VP, Playboy Foundation for Family Focus Gala

"Marshall Vente, one of the most inventive arranger/composers in the country, keeps on writing.  Over the last decade, Vente has crafted the Project into a flexible and powerful tool for his writing, and together they produce some of the city's most exciting music." -Neil Tesser -Reader, "Critics Choice"

"Vente, a pianist, composer and arranger, is one of the more devoted students of his craft, as well as one of the most restless innovators."  -Lloyd Sachs Chicago Sun Times



"Folks have been raving for years about Marshall Vente's particularly satisfying brand of Latin-American influenced jazz." - Arts Midwest

"Tropicale is one of Chicago's finest Latin groups." - Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

"Marshall Vente loves a party!" - Fred Bouchard, Bossa Magazine

" Starting off the show were Marshall Vente and Tropicale from Chicago, who captivated the audience with their music. The momentum was never lost, Tropicale's wild rhythms, fantastic solos on bongos guitar, keyboards and drums alternated with top vocals and exciting Cuban dance performances." - Daily Herald, St. Maarten, Netherlands Antilles

"Marshall Vente's Tropicale was a cut above many of the Brazilian-oriented releases that came out in 1996." - Alex Henderson,

"Tropicale stands out as the most eclectic of Marshall's bands: in it Vente blithely incorporates jazz and world-music pop, focusing on the sounds of Brazil but making use of specifically Afro-Cuban rhythms as well." - Neil Tesser, Critic's Choice, Chicago Reader

"Vente is a Chicago institution: a fluent keyboardist and an imaginative composer arranger who specializes in Latin music." - Critic's Choice, Isthmus, Madison, WI

"If you want to know anything about Brazilian music, Marshall Vente is the right guy to contact." - BOSSA, Brazilian Jazz World Guide

"Tropicale had an excellent performance as musical entertainers at the 'Brazilian Night' sponsored by General Electric during the Congress organized by the Radiological Society of North America in Chicago." - Danilo Talanskas, GM, GE Medical Systems, Brazil


You may contact Marshall Vente 
by phone at: (630) 541-3381

Cell phone: (630) 430-5113

or by e-mail at


Marshall Vente 
P.O. Box 1135
Westmont, IL 60559

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