Chicago has produced many historic jazz clubs in its many decades and, frankly, it's a good thing we're also still producing talented jazz artists to fill those deserving stages.
On Monday, April 13, 15-year performance veteran Keri Johnsrud celebrates her first headlining performance at the legendary Green Mill Jazz Club with the release of her second album This Side Of Morning.
This is Johnsrud's first since 2009 and her first full-length filled with original compositions. Her debut All Blue was a solid collection of covers full of jazz standards and off the radar classics.
This Side Of Morning is a special step forward for Johnsrud simply because of the songwriting abilities put forth by the singer and pianist Kevin Bales, who also performs on the album. Johnsrud is able to showcase her focus but also her versatility. Tracks leap from candid jazz movements to bossa nova rhythms to songs tinged with funk. She shows off her classical jazz vocal talents while her band handles the more experimental risks on the release, providing a savory counterpart to her sweet, honied singing.
Johnsrud and her band perform Monday at the Green Mill beginning at 9 p.m. There will be a $6 cover. If you can't make the show, catch Johnsrud's monthly set at Southport & Irving's Speakeasy Fridays residency. Listen to This Side Of Morning here.