Rio Bamba at Hyde Park Jazz Fest

September 21, 2010

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Rio Bamba
is a Chicago-based Brazilian and American Jazz combo founded in 2005 by bassist and vocalist, John Garvey. John has played a wide variety of styles and worked with a wide variety of musicians. Two time Grammy nominated Joel Martinez plays drums and percussion. Meghan McKown, a versatile vocalist, has performed with the legendary Jon Hendricks, as well bassist Rodney Whitaker and trombonist/composer Wycliffe Gordon. Craig Linenberger, an accomplished guitarist and highly regarded private instructor, is equally comfortable playing a jazz solo, performing classical or flamenco guitar.

Meghan McKown/ Vocals:
Equally at home in jazz, blues, classical and rock, Meghan McKown brings her own fresh approach to everything she sings. Her tone ranges from rich and soulful to clear and pristine. A versatile vocalist, she possesses outstanding control of her instrument. Meghan has performed with the legendary Jon Hendricks, as well as other great jazz talents including bassist Rodney Whitaker and trombonist/composer Wycliffe Gordan.

Craig Linenberger/Guitar: Craig is an accomplished guitarist, whose many years of musical performance and intensive musical study have included venues in Jazz, Classical, Brazilian, Flamenco, Blues and Rock Styles. He is equally comfortable playing a burning jazz solo on A. Jobim's Brazilian classic, Wave, performing the solo Classical Guitar pieces from H. Villa Lobo's five Preludes or playing a Flamenco Guitar piece in the style of solea, tangos or buleria. He is well known throughout Chicago's Northwest Suburbs as one of the premier private instructors of all styles of guitar. Craig's broad musical repetoire and skill on his instrument contributes to the special musical experience of Rio Bamba.

Two-time Grammy nominated Joel Martinez has played drum set and hand percussion professionally in Chicago since 1990, in a range of styles encompassing punk, musical theater, Mexican and South American folk music (with Grammy nominated Sones de Mexico and others), R&B, rock, Flamenco, Afro-Cuban and Brazilian jazz, and traditional American jazz. He has performed with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Chicago Symphony Center. He has performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Outdoor Festival of the Lincoln Center in New York City, The Harris Theater for the Performing Arts and the Philadelphia Folk Festival before an audience of thousands.

John Garvey/Bass/Vocals: John founded Rio Bamba in 2005. He has played a wide variety of styles and worked with a wide variety of musicians. Venues include Park West, Ambassador East, Wrigley Field, Cellular Field, Navy Pier, Chambers, Cuatro, North Western University, Clybourn and Custer Street Fairs, Joe's, Carnivale, Mars Gallery, Stan Mansion, Flatwater, Galleria Marchetti, Hyde Park Jazz Festival and Katerinas.

Over 20,000 Jazz Fans Expected To Attend

4th Annual 2010 Hyde Park Jazz Festival

September 30, 2010, Chicago; The 2010 Hyde Park Jazz Festival kicks off on Saturday, September 25 at 1:00 pm with free non-stop jazz music for the next 13 hours. This 4th annual event features over 150 jazz musicians in 36 different performances in 13 of Hyde Park's landmark cultural and artistic venues along Chicago's Culture Coast. The festival concludes with a midnight jam session hosted by Dee Alexander, one of Chicago's hottest rising stars.

The James Wagner Main Stage located on the Midway Plaisance, on 59th Street, will be the central location for the Jazz Festival produced by HyPa, (Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture) and Hyde Park Jazz Society.

The majority of the other performance venues bring jazz enthusiasts to Hyde Park's creative and unusual indoor and outdoor spaces including the Smart Museum, Little Black Pearl, Hyde Park Art Center, the Oriental Institute, Rockefeller Memorial Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House, and DuSable Museum of African American History. Over the years, the participating organizations have enjoyed welcoming back hundreds of new visitors who were first introduced to their organizations during the Jazz Festival.

Performances are scheduled for venues located between 59th Street and 47th Street. Food and beverage booths and other vendors will be located on the Midway. Many of the locations are within easy walking distance of each other. Free shuttles will be available between the Midway and distant venues. Festival parking is free in all University of Chicago parking lots and the Metra Electric train and CTA buses stop near the Midway.

The 4th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is made possible through the support of funders and sponsors including The University of Chicago, Chicago Park District, The Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council and many others organizations and individual donors and over 300 volunteers.

Complete information can be found at

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