Come join us for a post-Thanksgiving celebration at this delightful intimate theater space!
WDCB Night at the Jazz Showcase. Reginald will play a solo set at 8:00, followed by the full band at 10:00.
Sounds Like: Wynton Marsalis, Tom McDermott, Astral Project, Allen Toussaint, Jelly Roll Morton
Manager: R. R. Robinson
Bio: The Fifth Element is an exciting new ensemble that features the compositions of ragtime composer Reginald R. Robinson in lively, modern arrangements. The 6-piece group is a mix of Chicago jazz veterans and young lions that blend together the flavors of Latin, Caribbean, blues, and funk with tradi...See Full Bio
“Reginald Robinson holds a singular place in American music. The country's leading composer of contemporary ragtime, Robinson won a MacArthur Fellowship, or "genius" grant, in 2004 and has continued to write brilliant solo works that build on the achievements of Scott Joplin, Tom Turpin, John William "Blind" Boone. Classic Robinson works have been orchestrated by Stu Greenspan, giving Robinson's music a new voice. "Stu understands the angle I'm coming from," says Robinson. "He understands the contemporary part of it." Robinson's compositions, in other words, are not simply reworkings of familiar ragtime conventions and never were. Instead, Robinson has extended the definition of the genre, expanding its harmonic palette, enriching its rhythmic vocabulary, altering its underlying structure.”