Debut Release from Ted Sirotas Heavyweight Dub

February 5, 2014

Moffitt, Ott, Lopes, Sirota To Pay Tribute to Booker Ervin on 3/19/14


I’m pleased to announce that I will be reuniting with some old friends (Nina Ott & Chris Lopes) and playing with a new one (Barclay Moffitt) at Fulton Street Collective as part of their Jazz Record Art Collective Series hosted by Chris Anderson and Joe Lanasa. We will be performing our rendition of Booker Ervin’s records “The Freedom Book” and “The Space Book”. These records featured Jaki Byard on piano, Richard Davis on bass, and Alan Dawson on drums. Although these are technically two separate albums, they were combined on a double LP as a reissue, and we will be performing both records. Don’t miss this one time performance! Visit the Facebook event page here for more info.

Barclay Moffitt – Tenor Sax
Nina Ott – Piano
Chris Lopes – Bass
Ted Sirota – Drums

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January 8, 2014

TS Heavyweight Dub – “Tribute to Jamaican Jazz Legends” at the Green Mill! 1/17/14

green_mill_poster_smallJoin us on Friday, January 17, 2014 for an extremely rare event! Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub will be paying tribute to the legendary Jamaican jazz musicians that created Ska, Rocksteady, and Reggae music. Musicians such as Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo, Ernest Ranglin, Bobby Ellis, Cedric “IM” Brooks, and many others, are not household names like Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, and Jimmy Cliff, but if not for them we would not have the incredibly rich heritage of Jamaican music that we have today. Most people don’t realize that this music was created by Jamaicans who themselves were great jazz musicians inspired by Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Duke Ellington etc! It’s rare that these musicians get credit and recognition for their art but we are going to pay our respect to them on this night. It’s also not often that you will see a show like this at the historic Green Mill Lounge either, so come out and celebrate this great music with us! Get there early if you want a seat because we expect the joint to be packed! Visit the Facebook event page here.

Matt Ferguson-bass
Chris Paquette-percussion
Tom Vaitsas-piano, organ,melodica
Andrew Trim-guitar
Cameron Pfiffner-tenor sax, flute
Matthew Davis-trombone
Anthony Abbinanti-live dub mixing, baritone sax, piano
Cosmos Ray-vocals
Yanira Marin-vocals

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December 8, 2013

Ted Starts His 20th Year as Drummer for Sabertooth – Here’s a FAQ

893577_10151959661252208_2144985813_oThis month marks the beginning of my 20th year as the drummer for Sabertooth every Saturday night at the Green Mill. I get asked the same questions over and over so I’ve written a Sabertooth/Green Mill/Ted Sirota FAQ.


Q: Who do you play with at the Green Mill? Barry Winograd?
A: No. Sabertooth.

Q: Who’s in that band?
A: Pat Mallinger, Cameron Pfiffner, and Pete Benson (more…)

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August 29, 2012

Upcoming Rebel Souls gigs at the Green Mill!

We will be playing a couple gigs at the Green Mill coming up real soon! Join us on..
Tuesday, Sept.4, 9:00pm-1:00am
Josh Johnson-alto sax
Marquis Hill– trumpet
Mike Allemana-guitar
Josh Abrams-bass

Tuesday, Sept.11, 9:00pm-1:00am
Josh Johnson-alto sax
Michael Salter-tenor sax
Jeff Parker-guitar
Josh Abrams-bass

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August 29, 2012

Last Andy’s Gig (for a while…)

Join us for our final gig in our Andy’s summer residency tomorrow, Thursday, August 30 – 9:00-1:00. 11 E. Hubbard St. Chicago.
Geof Bradfield- tenor sax
Mike Allemana-guitar
Clark Sommers-bass

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August 22, 2012

Andy’s Jazz Club Gig – Thursday, August 23, 9:00pm-1:00am

Only 2 more weeks of our summer residency at Andy’s.  Hope to see some of your mugs out there! This week’s lineup of Rebel Souls will feature:

Geof Bradfield-tenor sax
Marquis Hill-trumpet
Jeff Parker-guitar
Josh Abrams-bass

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August 14, 2012

Andy’s Gig Thursday, Aug 16th

Hey All,
Our Andy’s gigs are coming towards a close – only 3 more Thursdays left!  This Thursday alto saxophonist Joshua Johnson will be making his Rebel Souls debut, and we welcome Jeff Parker back to the bandstand.  Hope to see some of you there! 9:00pm-1:00am/11 E. Hubbard St.
Josh Johnson-alto sax, Jeff Parker-guitar, Clark Sommers-bass

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August 14, 2012

Long Live Vonski!

As most of you know by now, legendary tenor saxophonist, musician, mentor, and human being, Von Freeman passed away Sunday at the age of 88. The tributes, stories, and memories are pouring out of Chicago musicians.  One would be hard pressed to find a jazz musician in Chicago that wasn’t influenced by Von in one way or another.  I just wanted to share a couple things about my experiences with Von that have always stuck with me that perhaps might not get touched on otherwise. (more…)

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July 17, 2012

This Thursday, July 19, at Andy’s Jazz Club, 9:00-1:00.

Here’s the lineup for Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls for this week’s gig at Andy’s Jazz Club (11 E. Hubbard St. Chicago, IL)

Caroline Davis – alto sax
Geof Bradfield– tenor sax
Mike Allemana – guitar
Clark Sommers – bass

Come on out and hang with us!

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March 25, 2012

Hill, Ward, Vinsel, Sirota Quartet @ Elastic this Thursday, Mar. 29

I will be making music with Marquis Hill on trumpet, Greg Ward II on alto sax, and Jake Vinsel on bass at Elastic (2830 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago) 2 sets – 10pm, $8. I’m looking forward to playing with these incredible musicians. We’ll mostly be playing improvised music. You’re invited!

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