SOUL MESSAGE BAND @ WINTERS JAZZ CLUB, CHICAGO

Soul Message Band with special guest vocalist Hinda Hoffman

Chicago, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

Chris Foreman – organ; Greg Rockingham – drum; Lee Rothenberg – guitar

Wed, October 27 | Chicago

Soul Message Band

Wed, Jan 26 | Chicago

Soul Message Band with special guest vocalist Hinda Hoffman

Hinda Hoffman – vocals; Chris Foreman – organ; Greg Rockingham – drum; Lee Rothenberg – guitar

Soul Message Band with special guest vocalist Hinda Hoffman

Time & Location

Jan 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM CSTChicago, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

About The Event

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Hinda Hoffman – vocals

Chris Foreman – organ

Greg Rockingham – drum

Lee Rothenberg – guitar

Soul Message Band: A soulful and infectious style crafted around classic organ grooves, and rooted in the tradition of great Hammond B3 organists like Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Charles Earland, Jack McDuff, and “Groove” Holmes.

SMB is founded on the enduring partnership of Chris Foreman, the Chicago-based and nationally celebrated Hammond B3 Jazz Organist, and the always solid drummer, Greg Rockingham, aka “The Rock.” Greg and Chris have a 25-year history of collaboration, including groups like the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Mr. Rockingham and Mr. Foreman have an unmistakable chemistry that has taken them from Chicago to Jazz Clubs and Arenas around the world as both headliners and as an opening group for Steely Dan.

The band adds Chicago veteran guitarist, Lee Rothenberg on guitar.

Soul Message Band is celebrating the release of their new record Soulful Days, on the Delmark Label.

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Chris Foreman – organ; Greg Rockingham – drum; Lee Rothenberg – guitar

Soul Message Band with special guest vocalist Hinda Hoffman

Time & Location

7:30 PM – 11:30 PM CDTChicago, 465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611, USA

About The Event

***  EFFECTIVE JUNE 1ST, AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CITY OF CHICAGO COVID REGULATIONS, WE WILL REQUIRE ALL ENTRANTS TO PROVIDE PROOF OF BEING FULLY VACCINATED.  SEE SHOW PAGE FOR DETAILS ***

[ All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.  1-Drink minimum purchase of $10 per person, per set applies to all guests and all shows. ]

* * Ticket prices below INCLUDE a $2.75/ticket fee, no other fees added. * *

Soul Message Band – Soulful Days
Delmark DE 5030
Soulful Days is the debut album by Soul Message Band but, for the most part, these masterful musicians are not appearing on Delmark for the first time. Organist Chris Foreman and drummer Greg Rockingham both came from the prestigious Deep Blue Organ Trio who have two Delmark albums and one DVD. Alto saxophonist Greg Ward appeared as a sideman on Jason Roebke’s High/Red/Center album (Delmark 5014) and tenor man Geof Bradfield recently came out with his Delmark debut, Yes, and… (Delmark 5027). Newcomer Lee Rothenberg is featured on guitar and wrote “Sir Charles”, the smoking opener for this funky, greasy organ combo album.
Swagger is intrinsic to any self respecting organ combo and it strides in from the git go on “Sir Charles,” named originally for NBA star Charles Barkley, thence organist Charles Earland. Augured by Greg Rockingham’s press roll, Chris Foreman’s forceful B3 footwork hums beneath his percolating right hand – the coffee’s ’bout to spill the pot, but despite the urgency, to swagger with de rigueur gait, the time mustn’t trip. Saxist Greg Ward, notwithstanding his natural proclivity for fleet flights, handles the release with laid-back sauciness, smearing notes with grease and grace. It’s quickly clear consummate mastery of the genre is at hand here and that’s to be expected from Rockingham and Foreman, who have forged an airtight rhythmic lock over a 35 year partnership. More surprising is the idiomatic acuity from the junior members of the band, Rothenberg and Ward. You’d scarcely suspect the former studied classical piano as a youth from the blue veins that course the frets of his Gibson L5; Ward excels in every conceivable context from latin bands to his many leader projects. You can detect the drive of Philly guitar legend Pat Martino in Rothenberg’s playing but more so the exploratory insouciance of Wes Montgomery, on his expansive, beautifully articulated “Easy Time” solo.
Listen intently and you’ll hear high levels of interplay between these masters. For Rockingham and Foreman it’s a sixth sense. “Rock” as his friend Foreman calls him, has impeccable time and is less concerned with flash and display. Drum solos are scarce yet impressive – at the close of the opener and in exchanges with the horns on “Hammer Head,” you’ll hear more of that press roll Rock borrowed from Buddy Rich, and the special scuttle and purr of his snare. In fact the very sound of the snares (the rattle of metal wires on the bottom drumhead) being turned on is sufficient signal for Foreman that it’s time to play. As Chris, who’s blind, describes with self-effacing irony, he’ll just “look” at Rock and they’ll know exactly what’s what. “It’s like playing with Jimmy Smith and Grady Tate,” Rothenberg opines.

Date

Jan 26 2022

Time

7:30 pm
Winter's Jazz Club

Venue

Winter's Jazz Club
465 N McClurg Ct, Chicago, IL 60611
Website
https://www.wintersjazzclub.com
SOUL MESSAGE BAND website

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