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Greg Spero Quartet

Sunday, 13 September 2015 - 7:30pm
 
Greg Spero is one of the most revered and in demand musicians on the modern jazz scene. 
 
Winner of the 2013 Chicago Music Award for Best Jazz Entertainer, Spero has performed with acclaimed musicians such as Arturo Sandoval, Corey Wilkes, and Robert Irving III, co-produced tracks with Ski Beatz (of Jay Z) and Shock G (Digital Underground founder) for hip-hop artists such as Murs and Mos Def as well as written music scores for movie and theater productions. The young musician's complex and developed discography is more reminiscent of that of a performer twice his age, which has earned Spero recognition as one of, if not, the premiere up-and-coming pianist from Chicago today.
 
PHOTO: ROO BUXTON 
 
In early 2012, Spero was asked to join the Buddy Rich Big Band which has afforded him the opportunity to tour with the band, most recently to London and New York where the band headlined for the "Buddy Rich 25th Memorial Concert." Spero followed this with a European tour featuring his original music performed in a trio setting at venues in England, Paris, and Germany. In 2013, he performed at the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, and is currently working on his new album at Grammy-winning Hinge Studios. Spero brought 2013 to a close as one of the candidates on the Grammy Awards ballot for Best New Artist.
 
Greg began playing piano and composing at age three and started playing professionally at age fourteen. After high school, Spero studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition and Jazz Performance.
 
In 2006 Spero met nine-year Miles Davis collaborator and Music Director Robert Irving III. This chance meeting helped shape Spero's early career, as Irving soon after adapted Spero as an endeared musical disciple and first-call referral. Irving composed the liner notes for Spero's most recent album, claiming that the "evolutionary arc [of the project] sets exceptionally high standards."
 
 
As a leader, Spero has released four albums including the Greg Spero Trio's Live in 25 (2005), Radio Over Miles (2010), which features his personal interpretation of a union between alternative music a la Radiohead and the music of jazz icon, Miles Davis which was nominated for the "Best Jazz Album" at the Chicago Music Awards. Live in Toronto, Spero's third album, was recorded at Trane Studio in Toronto along with Acoustic (2011) featuring all-original compositions in an acoustic piano trio setting, along with a unique interpretation of the Miles Davis composition "Blue in Green". The album incorporates mixed meter and the dark, Bill Evans-like tone of Spero's playing. This was followed last year by the seismic Electric LP.
 
 
Those hip to the music happenings in Chicago flock to Spero's performances at the House of Blues, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Martyrs and Fitzgerald's among many other venues. While Spero's influences range from Bach to Keith Jarrett to Herbie Hancock to Schoenberg, he draws his primary influence from American-born jazz and finds great inspiration in western electric dance music as well as the synthesized timbres of modern electronic music and contemporary hip-hop rhythms.
 
Spero's evocative melodies are conjured into a powerful, arousing encounter for the ears, heart and mind. A lifelong musician, Spero's twenty plus years of defining his soul with a keyboard set the foundations for his becoming one of the most exciting artists on the jazz scene today.
 
Catch him here leading this amazing quartet: 
Greg Spero on keys 
Roz Sluman on saxophones
John Pope on bass
Russ Morgan on drums
 
THE GREG SPERO QUARTET comes to The Continental on Sunday 13th September 2015. Doors open at 7.30pm 
 
Tickets are £10 and are available online NOW from SEE Tickets, WeGotTickets & Skiddle 
 
On sale from the venue (01772 499 425) & Action Records (01772 884 772) later this week. 
 
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