The Summer Jazz Festival continues with the Eric Schneider Trio at 7 p.m. Monday, August 29, 2016, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave. The trio will perform a free concert for residents and the public.
Long an institution in the Chicago jazz scene, tenor-saxophonist Eric Schneider is a jazz talent who has been playing top-notch jazz for 30 years.
Schneider originally did not plan a career as a musician. He earned a degree in advertising in 1976 from the University of Illinois and planned to become a copywriter. But he had played his saxophone throughout college and found it easy to find work after graduating.
He gained recognition when he was a member of the Earl Hines Quartet during 1979-82 (also playing alto and clarinet), and he toured with the Count Basie Orchestra during 1982-83.
Schneider decided to stop touring and settle in Chicago. He has since worked in a wide variety of settings in the Chicago area including Andy’s for years. Along the way he has performed with Benny Goodman, Mel Torme, Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Rosemary Clooney and Billy Eckstine; recorded with Jim Beebe’s Chicago Jazz; used Earl Hines as a sideman on his Eric and Earl album.
Schneider also teaches at the Merit School of Music.
The Monday Night Concert Series offers free concerts to the public featuring outstanding local soloists and small ensembles, primarily duos and trios.
The Oak Park Arms is a rental retirement community which provides independent and assisted living apartments and a full schedule of activities and services. Furnished apartments are also available for a short-term stay – a weekend, a week, a month or longer.
Again, the event is free and open to the public. For more information call 708-386-4040