Jazz and Roots Happy Hour with Keri Johnsrud Quartet
A highly appealing jazz singer with a quietly expressive voice and a deep understanding of the lyrics that she interprets, Keri Johnsrud has been an important part of the Chicago jazz scene for the past 15 years. With headlining appearances at Chicago’s top venues including the historic Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, Jazz Showcase, and a monthly residency at Southport & Irving, Keri has built a strong reputation and following among peers and fans, alike. While having a solid regional presence, she continues to perform across the country (including regular appearances in Atlanta and New York City) and has enjoyed singing in Iowa before a hometown audience of fans and friends. In addition to finding success with her own group, Johnsrud also lends her voice to the critically acclaimed jazz ensemble Shawn Maxwell’s Alliance.
Now with the recording of her second CD, “This Side of Morning”, she is making a major step forward not only as a singer, but as a lyricist and songwriter. With her collaborator and GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales leading a strong rhythm section behind her (including members of Prairie Home Companion, Patricia Barber, and Grazyna Auguscik), Keri sounds in top form performing her originals on this latest album. Since its release in April 2015, “This Side of Morning” has garnered rave reviews from respected industry publications such as All About Jazz (5 out of 5 stars) and Jazz Weekly and has been spinning regularly on national and international radio stations. ‘When Morning Dawns’, a song from the new album, is even featured in the Matt Muir directed independent film “Thank You a Lot”, which premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival and stars Ameripolitan Music Award winner James Hand.
The Basement // $7 // 5:30 // all ages