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Linda Solotaire is a vocalist, bandleader, curator, poet, and teacher. Come to see her trio perform at the Edgewater Beach Cafe every first Sunday for Jazz Brunch, or the 2dn & 4th Fridays of each month at 6pm at Julus Meinl.. Join our mailing list to keep up with other appearances, news, releases and all sorts of other cool stuff. Follow us on twitter, facebook and instagram and share your thoughts with us as well. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.

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2017 • shifting sands 

It has been an extraordinary past several months. So many of us still struck by the events of last fall . The Cubs won the series, the Republicans won the White House, Leonard Cohen died (I'm sure from the shock of it). I've been vacillating between fight or flight, depression, denial. Worry has kept me from focusing on my creative pursuits - to some degree. On the other, I have become dedicated to effecting some kind of positive change in a more direct way. If you are interested in learning more about that, I encourage you to visit the website for this national movement, RefuseFascism.org.

I haven't been performing as much as I would like, starting a new band, working on the movement, moving, illness that led to several months of vocal problems, and then my son got married! As things are settling into place, it's time to turn my attention back to art and teaching. So please stay tuned for what is coming next!

I should have been a banker . . . 

This past January 14, 2016 I had my first studio session in a long time. James Cornolo, Steven Hashimoto (the usual suspects on guitar and bass respectively) joined me at Steve Yates Studio to lay down a few long overdue tracks. We had a great time (I love my band - I may have mentioned that before). For those of you who have recorded, you know what a completely UNnatural experience it is. For those of you fortunate enough to have real jobs, I can tell you that it *can* be a horrifying experience . . . listening to yourself in headphones, separated from the other musicians in a fish bowl, under the microscope, hearing every waver, glitch - imperfections that you never imagined could exist . . .UGH!


On the other hand, its a great opportunity, and when you have great players and a fine engineer, like Steve Yates it can be (and was) super fun, relaxed and very satisfying. Our goal was to walk away we three solid tunes, and we walked away with 5 very usable tracks - all in a tidy 3 hours. Thank you so much guys!!! The next step is always to throw the rough mix on in the car on the ride home (prepare for more anxiety) - this usually results in several days of major angst, and the gnawing feeling that I should have been a banker . . . BUT! This was not the case - I actually felt good about what I heard, only cringing 2 or 3 times per song - DUE IN FACT to my wonderful band and the fact that Steve Yates made it all so easy. So my Darlings, stay tuned for new tracks coming your way soooooooon . . . . . . ...... and more of the ongoing saga.

Love me some fibonacci 

We had 35 new "LIKE"s on our FB page this week . . . which feels good. :) I wondered if their was a symbol for gratitude - and, of course, there is. The spiral has always been a shape that I am drawn to, so it's no wonder that the symbol for gratitude is a version of this. This summary of meanings intuited from spirals reminds me that the progress I make as an artist, as a human is only possible because of the gift of your appreciation. I am grateful to all of you for following, listening, seeing and sharing the work we do.

Balance
Progress
Direction
Initiation
Centering
Expansion
Awareness
Connection
Journeying
Development

Grateful for a rich musical week. 

It's the first year in a long time that I'm actually looking forward to the holiday sets. It's a challenging time for the world, yet there is more than a glimmer of optimism struggling to thrive -like life, it will always find a way.

Tuesday jamming with James Sanders and friends, we made a few recordings of "Angel Eyes" and "East of the Sun." It was so fun to jam with new players, and James has a gentle way of leading, that results in tight and inspired performances.

Last night a terrific rehearsal with James Cornolo. We're adding a bunch of new songs to the holiday list (I'm particularly fond of the Peanuts song "Christmastime Is Here") - as well as a few standards; the yummy haiku "Moonlight In Vermont," uber-charming "Polkadots and Moonbeams," and (for our good friend Howard) "The Very Thought of You."

Happy Thanksgiving!

My favorite night of the week . . .  

Diana MosqueraThursday has truly become my favorite night of the week. We had another wonderful show at the Marion Street Market last night (where the food and the staff always delight). A terrific audience, including some wonderful artists; Howard, Michael Levin, my student Chuck Schulz and my dear friend the beautiful singer Diana Mosquera. Diana was kind enough to sing a gorgeous rendition of "Besme Mucho" - one of my most favorite Spanish language songs. There were lots of celebrations, romantic trysts and another first date - making for a festive vibe with the air full of sparks. Thank you to everyone who came out, and as always, thank you to my wonderful band, James Cornolo on guitar and Steven Hashimoto on bass.

Big Love!
 

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JaZz Brunch w/ the Linda Solotaire Trio

Edgewater Beach Cafe, 5545 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60640

inda Solotaire Trio Linda Solotaire . vocals Stu Greenspan/Geordie Kelly . Guitar Chris Bernhardt . bass

What is better than Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise from scratch, and Belgium Waffles with maple syrup and strawberries, and Mimosas and EASY inside parking and Jazz on a Sunday Morning - I mean besides sleeping in? . . . Right. So we'll see you there. xx

Second Sunday Salon

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True Muse Studios, Chicago, IL

The Second Sunday Salon Series is a monthly series curated by Linda Solotaire, which always includes original 2 or 3D fine art, a musical performance, and some other performative work (i.e., spoken word, performance art, dance, a short film screening.) All of the artists are currently living and working in Chicago. Our objective is to provide a platform for professional artists to workshop and introduce new projects, reaching new audiences, and growing our network of collaborators.

JaZz Brunch w/ the Linda Solotaire Trio

Edgewater Beach Cafe, 5545 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60640

inda Solotaire Trio Linda Solotaire . vocals Stu Greenspan/Geordie Kelly . Guitar Chris Bernhardt . bass

What is better than Eggs Benedict with Hollandaise from scratch, and Belgium Waffles with maple syrup and strawberries, and Mimosas and EASY inside parking and Jazz on a Sunday Morning - I mean besides sleeping in? . . . Right. So we'll see you there. xx

Second Sunday Salon

 —  —

True Muse Studios, Chicago, IL

The Second Sunday Salon Series is a monthly series curated by Linda Solotaire, which always includes original 2 or 3D fine art, a musical performance, and some other performative work (i.e., spoken word, performance art, dance, a short film screening.) All of the artists are currently living and working in Chicago. Our objective is to provide a platform for professional artists to workshop and introduce new projects, reaching new audiences, and growing our network of collaborators.

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