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Debut Release from Ted Sirotas Heavyweight Dub

 
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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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 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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July 17, 2012

From the Way Back Machine

Here’s a golden oldie!  This was a Naim (record label) advertisement in Downbeat for our second release, “Propaganda”, back in 1998.  From L to R, Rob Mazurek, Jeff Parker, Kevin Kizer, Ted Sirota, Noel Kupersmith

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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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March 25, 2012

Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls at Knox-Rootabega Jazz Festival this Friday, Mar. 30

This Friday, March 30, Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls will perform at the Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival in Galesburg, IL. Geof Bradfield– tenor sax, Greg Ward II – alto sax, Dave Miller – guitar, Jake Vinsel – bass. Hip festival that’s had great musicians like Matt Wilson, Ben Allison, Charlie Kohlhase, Greg Osby, and many others over the years. Should be fun a lot of fun! P.S. Anyone live near Galesburg, IL?…

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