Lady Jazz Legends of Rockford

Lady Jazz Legends of Rockford


Attention, jazz lovers! It’s the Web’s 3rd annual extravaganza of music and song—jazz the way you like it, be it smoky, soulful, bluesy, jumpin’, swingin’. The Jazz Legends of Rockford—The Ladies of Jazz will perform from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road. The performance is sponsored by the Mendelssohn Club and co-sponsored by Charlotte’s Web, the Rockford Jazz Society, and WNIJ-FM.

The Jodi Beach Trio

Rockford native Jodi Beach began singing almost from birth and started piano lessons at age 5. She began her performance career at age 6, singing in church, and gained an immediate fandom, which continues to grow. In 1987, she joined the cast of Rock Valley College Starlight Summer Theatre, and for 13 years performed lead and supporting roles in musical after musical.

While completing her degree in vocal performance at Judson College, Beach capitalized on opportunities to perform throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She officially became a member of the jazz community in 1995 by working as pianist and vocalist with the Moonlight Jazz Orchestra. In 1997, she began filling open dates by forming her own trio. The Jodi Beach Trio includes Jim McDowell on bass and Tom Fishe on drums.

Dorothy Paige-Turner

& Joel Ross Quartet

Dorothy Paige-Turner’s career spans more than 30 years in the Rockford area and beyond as a vocalist in the jazz idiom, musical theater, symphonies, concert bands and jazz ensembles. She has performed with many musicians in the area beginning with Mike Williamson and the late Ron Pederson. Later she performed at Bellamy’s at the Clock Tower with Julian DeLuna, with Maxine at the Butterfly Club in Beloit, On The Waterfront and special performances with the Mike Alongi Band, the Playboy Club at Lake Geneva and many others.

Paige-Turner is presently a retired music educator from the Rockford Public Schools, where she taught for 34 years. She performs with the Joel Ross Quartet, five-time winners in the Best Traditional Jazz Category at the RAMIs, and winners of the Best Album in 2000. All were inducted into the RAMI Hall of Fame in 2002. The Quartet consists of: Joel Ross on piano, Guy Fiorenza on bass, Ken Stein on reeds, and Jack Brand on drums.

Trish Ramsten Trio

At age 6, Trish Ramsten began the study of classical piano as well as voice and classical organ. She became a church organist and choir director in her early teens.

A few years later, Ramsten began working for the Wurlitzer Company as a staff organist. She performed piano concerts throughout the Midwest and played pipe organ in theaters for the American Theater Organ Society. In the ’60s, Trish was part of the Detroit nightclub scene. In the ’70s, she moved to the Chicago area and established her own jazz trio, playing in many restaurants and clubs. She also performed with various jazz notables.

In the Rockford area, Trish has played at the Mayflower Restaurant, Louis Cooper’s Mary’s Bistro (with the Ken Stein group), Paragon on State, Café Patou, Trattoria Fantini’s, The City Plaza, and is currently performing at Parisi’s Ristorante.

In December 2001, she released her first CD, Eclectic, a mix of solo, trio and quartet performances featuring members of her trio (bassist Ken Kloweit and drummer Ed Bogdonas), Ken Stein on flute and clarinet, altoist Richie Cole and drummer Bob Rummage.

Doris LaMarca Band

Doris LaMarca began her career in opera, then switched to pop music. In her earlier years, she was the featured vocalist in the Norris Romeo Big Band, and also in the Tony Colletti Quartet. She sang with her husband’s Joey LaMarrs Dance Band, and then performed with the Vince LaLoggia Dance Band.

Later, she joined John Faren’s Quartet playing at the Clock Tower Inn and the Thirteens Club. She was featured at the Braxton Jazz Line-up in Chicago.

She has performed extensively in Rockford including with the late Ron Pederson, and currently performs for all musical occasions with jazz keyboardist Mike Vaccarello, guitarist and trumpeter Frank Guzzardo, and son Henry LaMarca as her drummer.

Maxine and the Maximillians

Pianist and singer Maxine Holler attained a new status with the release of Maximum Jazz last summer. With Val Eddy on bass and Tom Markin on drums and vocals, also known as “the Maximillians,” this group is a “classic” in the music scene.

Holler’s musical career began in South Bend, Ind., where she played with various jazz groups before marrying drummer Roy Williams. The two promoted themselves with McConkey Music Co. and worked the Midwest to California for three years. They now highlight the entertainment at the Gun Club in Beloit, Wis.

For four years she played steadily in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii, before returning to the Midwest after a contact by Artist Corps of America.

Maxine and the Maximillians achieved the Lifetime Achievement Award at the RAMI ceremony this last year.

Tickets are $10 in advance or at the door. Tickets are available at Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., 963-6765; The Postal Shoppe, Edgebrook Center, 397-7301; and Tin Whistle, N. Main & Auburn, 963-0270; or by mail with check and SASE, 10928 N. Main, Rockton, IL 61072. For Web information, call 964-2238.

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