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Sunday, August 28, 2022$25 – $35
Seating times: 7:00pm & 8:30pm. Doors open 30 minutes early.
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Black Cat JAZZ@theEDGE!! Presents: Dante Milano
Dante Milano – keys
Micah A. Collier – bass
Jeremy Joel Warren – drums
Alex Reyes – saxophone
DANTE MILANO is a Chicago-born keyboardist performing, producing, and experimenting with jazz, R&B, and neo-soul genres. Rooted in the blues, he began studying with Chicago blues legends at an early age and has since performed Black American Music both in the U.S. and internationally. After graduating from the renowned Brubeck Institute of the University of the Pacific, MILANO released his debut album in 2021, entitled DANTE.
Classically trained, MILANO’s compositions are largely inspired by intersecting genres that don’t traditionally merge. MILANO has played and produced with artists of varying genres such as Carl Allen, Lewis Nash, Terrell Stafford, Rodney Whittaker, Omar Apollo, Kenny Beats, Chance the Rapper, Peter Cottontail, New Direction, and more. Working with musically diverse musicians for over a decade led him to explore hip-hop, electronic, and pop music, which all translate through his musical style.
With an exhibited fluency in leaping between genres, some of his major influences include John Hicks, Art Blakey, J Dilla, Roy Hargrove, Chopin, John P. Kee, Hiatus Kaiyote, and Miles Davis. Aside from piano, MILANO also plays other related instruments, including the synthesizer, keytar, and Fender Rhodes.
Micah A. Collier brings a new resonance to contemporary jazz, bridging the classic sounds of John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, and Thelonious Monk with the eclectic ease of Robert Glasper to create his unique sound of jazz fusion. He expands the understanding of jazz to be inclusive of other genres to create music that feels good to the soul.
Micah is one of Chicago’s young, promising bassists. His artistic love of traditional jazz and funky bass lines helps to create a powerful musical voyage. He is involved with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Hyde Park Jazz Society. Playing with artists such as Marquis Hill, Corey Wilkes, Vincent Davis, Makaya McCraven, Ernest Dawkins, Dee Alexander, and Kendrick Scott, he continues to push musical boundaries.
Jeremy Joel Warren is a drummer, percussionist, composer, and band leader based in Chicago, Illinois. With a background in jazz, gospel, blues, and many other Black American-influenced genres, Jeremy leads and composes for his groups in different formations. He has studied under the mentorship of many jazz greats, such as Dana Hall, Charles Heath, Ernie Adams, and Kendrick Scott. At 24 years old, Jeremy boasts an extensive resume, having played with bands both in the U.S. and internationally, including the DANTE MILANO Trio, Isaiah Collier and the Chosen Few, and the Marquis Hill Blacktet, to name a few.
Saxophonist and keyboardist Alex Reyes completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies at the University of the Pacific where he studied saxophone under Patrick Langham and worked closely with the prestigious Dave Brubeck Institute. Through the institute, Alex worked alongside many notable jazz musicians, such as Stefan Harris, Monty Alexander, Greg Tardy, and Warren Wolf.
Alex also finished his Master’s Degree at the University of Tennessee, studying saxophone with Gregory Tardy and piano with Donald Brown. Reyes was previously a graduate teaching assistant for the Jazz Studies department at the University of Tennessee and is now a professor at the University of the Pacific.