2003 MARSHALL VENTE PROJECT 9 with Billy Harper
*(as of 02/07/2003)


SAXYs, flutes, clarinets, etc
Billy Harper tenor sax
Rich Corpolongo
Pat Mallinger
Chip Gdalman

Steve Berry

Terry Connell
Orbert Davis

Glenn Reitsma

John Blane

Javier Gonzalez
Scott Mason – bass
Isi Perez – drums


Project 9 - Jazz Showcase in Chicago

Photo by Jon Randolph, provided through Marshall Vente




Billy Harper and Marshall Vente - Jazz Showcase in Chicago

Photo by Jon Randolph, provided through Marshall Vente




Billy Harper and I join the Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Tallman, at the MAC - McAninch Arts Center at the College of DuPage on Friday, January 31 at 8 pm.  Tickets are available by calling (630) 942-4000 or visiting www.cod.edu/ArtsCtr



The Jazz Ensemble is a professional big band and is the other repertory ensemble in Chicago.  For this concert they take a departure from repertory and will debut eight new works for the band that Tom Tallman commissioned me to compose and arrange.  We also intend to play two scores by Gil Evans. 


In addition to the band's great cast, with Terry Connell, Mark Olen, Mike Moore and Mark Colby, Rich Corpolongo; Scott Mason and Javier Gonzalez join us.  Bassist Rich Armandi will be at the tuba!

01/16/2003 – 01/19/2003


10th annual

Marshall Vente Jazz Festival

Focus on composer-arranger-performers.

January 16-19, 2003


Co-sponsored by WDCB 90.9 FM


Hosted by the Jazz Showcase

59 W. Grand, Chicago

(312) 670-BIRD or (312) 670-2473


Thursday, January 16 @ 8:30 pm


Orbert Davis Sextet

Marshall Vente Trio

Jeff Newell


Friday, January 17 @ 8:30 pm

All tropical show!



Cesar Camargo Mariano

Jose Valdes and descarga (a Brazilian-Latin jam session)


Saturday, January 18 @ 8:30 pm


Marshall Vente and Project 9

Billy Harper

Joanie Pallatto, Sparrow and the Machine Band


Sunday, January 19 @ 3:00 pm

No cover for children under 12 years!


Judy Roberts Quartet with Greg Fishman and Jackie Allen

Marshall Vente and Project 9

Billy Harper


Cover charge per day: $20. - On Thurs/Sun and $25. - On Fri/ Sat


Tickets are only available at the door.

Contact (630) 968-3339

 For more information or Email



10th Annual
Marshall Vente Jazz Festival
at the Jazz Showcase
January 16-19, 2003

Marshall Vente, the versatile Chicago jazz pianist, composer and arranger, has organized the Jazz Festival for ten years. He will appear in trio format on Thursday, January 16. On Friday, January 17 he will appear with his Brazilian jazz ensemble, Tropicale, and on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 he will perform with his expanded nonet, Project 9, featuring original compositions created for this year's festival


World renowned Brazilian pianist, arranger and producer Cesar Camargo Mariano performs Friday, January 17.

Jeff Newell with Project 9


Trumpeter Orbert Davis's Sextet performs on Thursday, January 16 at 8:30 p.m.

Saxophonist Billy Harper (below) will appear on Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19, debuting new original compositions by Marshall Vente, Chip Gdalman and Billy Harper.

For more information, contact:
Lee Barrie
Kurman Communications, Inc.
Phone: (312) 651-9000      

For immediate release

Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase once again to host festival, January 16 - 19

Chicago, IL, December 2002—Marshmusic, in conjunction with 90.9FM WDCB, Public Radio from the College of DuPage, presents the Marshall Vente Jazz Festival 2003. Having established itself as one of the city's premier jazz events, now in its tenth year, this four-day festival will again be hosted by Joe & Wayne Segal's world-renowned Jazz Showcase, located at 59 W. Grand (Grand and Clark). The tenth annual Marshall Vente Jazz Festival 2003 opens Thursday evening, January 16 and continues through Sunday afternoon, January 19.

Ticket prices for the festival, which runs Thursday through Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to approximately 1 a.m., and Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m., are $25 per person on Friday and Saturday and $20 per person on Thursday and Sunday. A senior/student discount of $3 is available. There is no cover charge for children 12 and under on Sunday. 

The festival will feature a roster of eight composer-arranger-performers, showcasing a wide variety of jazz styles and this year emphasizing new compositions. All of the artists on the roster are composer/arranger/performers and have released numerous recordings.

Thursday night will feature the Orbert Davis Sextet, the Marshall Vente Trio and from NYC, saxophonist Jeff Newell.

Friday is an "All Tropical Night" with the Tropicale ensemble, featuring some very special guests, including vocalist Rita Duarte from Rio de Janeiro. Then the legendary world-renowned Brazilian pianist Cesar Camargo Mariano takes the stage for a virtuoso solo piano set. Mariano’s name is associated with a virtual who’s who of Brazilian music, as a musician, arranger and producer: Elis Regina, Joao Bosco, Gal Costa, Ivan Lins, Sadao Watanabe, Jorge Ben Jor, and Maria Bethania, to name only a few.

A Descarga will follow – all Latin/Brazilian jam session open to all musicians, hosted by Chicago pianist Jose Valdes.

On Saturday night vocalist Joanie Pallatto, Sparrow and the Machine Band will follow the award-winning Marshall Vente/Project 9 ensemble joined by world-renowned saxophonist and sound innovator Billy Harper for another program of all new original music composed and arranged by Marshall specifically for this year's festival.

Sunday afternoon will begin with Chicago’s first lady of jazz, the Judy Roberts Quartet with Greg Fishman, and MV Fest 2003 will wrap-up with a reprise of the Marshall Vente/Project 9/Billy Harper set of Saturday night.

The Marshall Vente Jazz Festival welcomes the Lenox Suites as hotel sponsor. Conveniently located near the Jazz Showcase, the Lenox Suites Hotel has graciously offered a special room rate to festival attendees of $89 single or double occupancy per night (excluding parking and taxes). To make reservations call Monday-Saturday between 7 AM and 6 PM CST and ask for the “Jazz Festival rate.” The Lenox Suites is at Rush and Ontario streets and can be reached at  (312) 337-1000.

Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase is located at 59 West Grand (at Grand and Clark) in Chicago.  Phone (312) 670-BIRD (2473).  A public parking lot is conveniently located adjacent to the Jazz Showcase.

For additional information call WDCB at (630) 942-4200, or visit the festival web page at www.wdcb.org or www.MarshallVente.com


Editor’s Note: Below is contact information for your reference. Photos are available upon request.

  • To schedule interviews, contact Lee Barrie at Kurman Communications, (312) 651-9000 or send email to lbarrie@kurman.com
  • To reach Marshall Vente, phone him at (630) 968-3339 or send an email to MV@MarshallVente.com

Visit the artist’s websites:

Judy Roberts Quartet with Greg Fishman performs Sunday, January 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Saxophonist Greg Fishman performs with the Judy Roberts Quartet on Sunday, January 19.

Noted Chicago Latin jazz pianist Jose Valdes leads the "Descarga," a Brazilian-Latin jam session on Friday, January 17.

Singer Joanie Pallatto joins Sparrow and the Machine Band for a set on Saturday, January 18.