Debut Release from Ted Sirotas Heavyweight Dub

April 10, 2014

Review of “The Scientist Meets Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub” from Nice Up

Some kind words from  Nice reviewer Tom Orr!10015660_10202582093886205_5064647118535758193_n

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April 5, 2014

WDCB’s Gary ZIdek talks with Chicago drummer Ted Sirota about his Rebel Souls, Sabertooth, and his new Heavyweight Dub project.

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December 3, 2013

“An Eclectic Conversation With Scientist” at


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October 7, 2013



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September 23, 2013

New City Music – 9/19/13

Guttural Rhythms: The Science of Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub

By Dave Cantor

09.20 Ted Sirota @ wrld music fest

Photo: Michael Jackson

Honing in on sounds drawn from Jamaica invariably abut America’s jazz tradition. Drummer Ted Sirota’s more than vaguely familiar with both. But his estrangement from reggae and dub didn’t occur because of lacking fealty. The drummer just found himself more easily insinuated into jazz ensembles.


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May 2, 2013

Time running out to bring Dub legend The Scientist to Chicago!

Thanks to Neil Tesser for writing this article about our Kickstarter campaign.

Ted Sirota aims to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter to import Jamaican studio legend The Scientist for his upcoming album.

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August 8, 2012

Reader Recommended

Here’s a little something that Peter Margasak wrote in this week’s Chicago Reader regarding our Andy’s gigs. (Go to original article).  Hope to see some of you out there this week!

Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls

When: Thu., Aug. 9, 9 p.m.
Price: $10

This long-running Chicago-based ensemble makes a perfect case study for how difficult it is to maintain a top-flight working jazz band these days. Drummer Ted Sirota formed the Rebel Souls in the mid-90s, and since then nearly a dozen musicians have served extended stints; two of the five current members (guitarist Dave Miller and saxophonist Greg Ward) live in New York, and everyone is frequently occupied with other projects, including bands of their own. The group’s current two-month weekly residency at Andy’s, which runs through the end of August, ends a drought of regular local activity that’s lasted years, but Sirota literally had to draw up a spreadsheet to keep track of the different lineups—across those nine gigs, there’s only one exact repetition of personnel. This week Sirota will be joined by guitarist Mike Allemana, longtime saxophonist Geof Bradfield (the only other regular member on this gig), and bassist Clark Sommer. Most of the substitute players joining the Rebel Souls during this residency have a history with the group—Sommer used to be the regular bassist, for instance—and thus they know its vibrant book, which mixes the bandleader’s melodically pithy originals with eclectic covers (the Clash, Caetano Veloso, Miriam Makeba). The Rebel Souls incorporate the rhythms of reggae, funk, and Afrobeat into their elastic postbop, and Sirota imbues his writing with a leftist spirit—which he usually makes plain with his between-song banter. —Peter Margasak

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