Marshall Arts

Marshall Vente Trio - Marshall Arts

"From the land of the Cubs, White Sox and a whipping wind comes an arranger with an original, brainy approach to standards, non standards and an original or two.  It's Vente's fresh touch as a composer, arranger and leader that separates him from the pack." Lee Jeske, Cashbox

Pianist Marshall Vente has been successfully traveling on the long journey of jazz: touring Europe as a teenager; a National Endowment for Arts jazz apprentice with Gil Evans and David Matthews; NEA & IAC Composer; collaborations and CDs with Eldee Young, Billy Harper, Neville York; impresario of his annual jazz festival and cruise; radio host of Jazz Tropicale heard every Sunday on 90.9fm WDCB, streamed via; and, constantly leading and playing gigs nearly every day!

All of Marshall’s musical projects, Project 9, Tropicale, Chicago Blues Review and the Marshall Vente Band, have included his piano, long-standing trios and original compositions, now documented and heard on Marshall Arts.

"Marshall Vente wears all of his hats with equal flair: keyboardist, composer, arranger and even radio DJ. He also leads five ensembles on a regular basis."
Neil Tesser, Critic's Choice, Chicago Reader

"Though listeners often think of Vente as an impresario, bandleader and arranger, we sometimes forget how well he can play a piano ... he's one of the finest jazz pianists in the city.  The larger than life tone Vente draws from the instrument, the harmonic imagination that colors everything he plays and rhythmic restlessness he expresses with his right hand distinguish him."
Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

On Marshall Arts: “How refreshing to find a piano trio record devoid of standards, quotations or clichés. Vente's shimmering piano tone is the golden thread that holds this set together. One can actually see the sunlight dancing on the water and the sails swelling with summer breeze on the gentle original "Samba Into The New Age.” "Black Circle" is a dense layer cake of textures, improvisations and rhythms that would make Herbie Hancock grin. As with Herbie, I haven't quite figured out how he did it! "Brasilian Folk Song" has the happy, singsong quality that we associate with the best of old Brazil.  Vente the composer leaves a high watermark at the end of the disc with "Pathos 2.75"; which has the starkly emotional and haunting quality of the best Bill Evans tunes, "Blue In Green", et al.  Special credit must go to Nick Eipers of Chicago Sessions for doing his part to keep jazz out of the museum!” – Peter Coppock

National release date: January 15, 2009

Radio Promotion: Al Julian/Improvisational Promotions,
(941) 255-9881, fax (941) 255-1350 or


Released and distributed by Chicago Sessions, Nick Eipers,
Jazz by Subscription, visit
P.O. Box 748, La Grange, IL 60526 – (708) 373-4268


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All About Jazz


Jazz Improv NY


Step Up to the Mic

Eldee Young & Marshall Vente Trio
With guests:
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 Kong).

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 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
Middle Coast Records and tour inquiries:
Marshall Vente (630) 968-3339, fax (630) 968-4950

Marshall Law is Here!
A 20 -year career retrospective.

"Marshall Law"
featuring Marshall Vente with the expanded nonet Project 9, sextet and big band, including Anna Dawson, Eldee Young and Howard Levy -
And many of the other legendary musicians in Chicago!

Album notes by Neil Tesser

Dedicated to Marshall's arranging mentors, Gil Evans and Dave Matthews.

It's an eclectic mix of straight-ahead jazz, funk, blues, reggae, bossa nova and samba. Exceptional arrangements and performances from Chicago that must be heard!

-Straight-ahead Jazz-
Bye Bye Blackbird - with bass and vocals by Eldee Young plus Howard Levy

-Jazz funk and something different-
Marshall Law-the blues gets a new groove in Chicago
Bulls in the Night-for all late night musicians and their listeners everywhere

-Chicago Blues-
Fat Woman Blues-Eldee tells us his story, with Jeff Newell and Howard Levy

-Reggae meets Jazz-
Burn your Buns-folks in Chicago have loved this one for years

-Brasilian bossa and samba-
Bright Moments-Rahsaan Roland Kirk's signature tune
(New) Girl from Ipanema-she's a new reharmonized girl with a visit to Carnival


"The Long and Short of Jazz"
With Eldee Young

The following tracks are from the above album.

"Autumn Leaves"

"I Can't Get Started"

"The Jody Grind"

"So Danco Samba"

"Besame Mucho"

"But Not For Me"


"Stormy Monday"

"The Christmas Song"

"Merry Christmas Baby"

The above tracks can be heard using the Real Audio Program. The above album is only available prepaid for $20.00 through Marshall.


"The Jazz Bulls of Chicago"
with Project 9+


"Endless Intensity"

"Alison's Backyard"



"Live At The Bulls"


Here is a sound sample off of the above album.

"Bulls In The Night"

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With Tropicale

Here are sound samples off of the above album.

"Agua de Beber"

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"Nino Scene"

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"Brasilian Folk Song"

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with Joanie Pallatto

Here is a sound sample off of the above album.

"My Baby"

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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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