Archive for July 18, 2013


Get ready, Chicago! Here’s your chance to spend an evening of smooth jazz with Gail Jhonson and Maximiliano Max V Valldeneu. Fresh from their successful Spaghettini show in California, they are taking it to Chicago! GET READY TO GROOVE!!! DON’T MISS OUT! Order your tickets before they sell out. The show starts at 7 P.M. Doors will open at 6 P.M. for WILL CALL. Email for ticket ordering info. Tickets are $20.00 each, purchased in advance, payable via Paypal. THANK YOU for your interest and support!

It’s always exciting when powerhouse talents like Philly native Gail Jhonson break through the boys club of urban-oriented smooth jazz and give the guys a run for their money.
Gail is the Music Director for one of the genre’s most popular artists, ( Norman Brown ). Now with the spectacular performances from the all-star super group Jazz in Pink, things are getting hot for Ms. Jhonson! Sure, it’s easy to take her dazzling keyboard magic for granted when she’s playing behind vocal superstars like Peabo Bryson and Patti Austin and instrumental greats like Paul Taylor and Jeff Lorber—not to mention Norman. But it’s clear to anyone who has listened to her diverse playing that Jhonson has been a solo star ready to emerge for a long time.

Max Valldeneu, It’s About Love
Considering the many years of success Argentine born electric guitarist Max Valldeneu has had playing blues and R&B everywhere from his adopted home base of Chicago to Europe and Japan, it’s not surprising that he brings the perfect mix of buoyant funk and gritty down home fire to his infectious, in the pocket and airplay ready urban jazz debut It’s About Love. Like his more renowned (at least thus far!) stylistic genre counterparts, Nick Colionne and Grammy winner Norman Brown, Valldeneu has high energy improvisational chops to spare, yet grounds his vibe perfectly in the two elements which guarantee that listeners won’t want to let go: groove and melody. It’s About Love – but it’s so much more: the best indie instrumental recording of 2013 by far.
–Jonathan Widran, Jazziz Magazine

Max just came back from a very successful California tour, where he played at San Diego Jazz Festival, the famous jazz club Spaghettini, and other prestigious venues.

Sunday, August 4, 2013 7:00pm in CDT

eta Creative Arts Foundation, 7558 S South Chicago AV, Chicago, Illinois 60619