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Theatre & Performing Arts

Story Jam Solo: True Stories & Live Jazz

Three solo performers will share their true, personal stories, followed by live music in response to each solo performance. Come early to enjoy delicious food, and stay for a beautiful evening of live storytelling.

Join Story Jam at the beautiful Artifact Events for an exceptional evening of solo works by Chicago performers Arlene Malinowski, Shane Hendrix, and Lynne Jordan. This live storytelling event will feature true stories crafted into 17-minute solo shows that will take the audience on a humorous and heartfelt journey. Each of the three pieces will be echoed by the fantastic stylings of the Typhanie Monique Jazz Trio, who will also open and close the evening with live music.



Story Jam Solo has three ticket options:

1). Dinner + Show = $45 (drinks not included)

2). Show Only = $22

3). Show Only = Pay What You Can

To purchase, please visit our Eventbrite page.


SAVORIES, SWEETS, & SOLOS: Our August event will feature the delicious added element of dinner from Green Spoon Kitchen. An all-you-can-eat spread of delectable small and large bites will be provided for those who purchase a dinner/show ticket. Book yours now, as there is limited availability for this option! A handful of day-of dinner tickets will be available at the door starting at 6:30pm. Drinks are not included but can be purchased at the bar.

This event is perfect for those who enjoy The Moth or love the art of the one person show. With added live music, eats, and beautiful ambience, it is sure to leave audiences feeling satisfied and inspired.

“Story Jam consistently boasts the best storytellers and musicians around!”

Story Jam has brought diverse personal narratives and live music to Chicagoland since 2014. With a goal of bridging divides, elevating the art of personal storytelling, and spotlighting underrepresented voices and talent, Story Jam boasts a monthly series at the stunning Artifact Events in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.


Shane Hendrix

Shane Hendrix is a brilliant actor, singer and storyteller from Chattanooga, TN, where he studied theatre at the University of Tennessee. He has appeared on film and TV, and on stages in Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Chicago for decades. Shane has also been a top featured storyteller at Story Jam for the last three years – one of our very best! Shane is excited and honored to be a part of Story Jam Solo.

Lynne Jordan

In a city brimming with classic blues and jazz voices, Lynne Jordan’s voice stands out as vocalist, bandleader, solo performer, and story teller. Drawing upon her own personal stories gleaned from a rich, fascinating life, her experiences are poignant, funny, and always accompanied by a song! Born in Dayton, OH, in a blue collar loving home she was sent to all white schools (imagine the wealth of material there) and Northwestern University where she began crafting her voice for singing, acting and storytelling. Jordan has created a bank of stories about her struggles with weight, show business, aging, and race and ancestral themes (Jordan’s great grandmother was born a slave and her grandfather was a revered preacher and entrepreneur who once escaped a lynch mob). Jordan has performed her works at numerous live lit shows in Chicago, New York, Atlanta, Kyiv, Moscow and Paris. Lynne is a 3Arts Make a Wave Artist and recently enjoyed a 2021-2022 “Diva Residency” as Artist in Residence at the Raue Center for the Performing Arts.

Arlene Malinowski

Actor, Playwright, and Educator Arlene Malinowski is the recipient of a Fellowship at UIC Disability in the Arts, LA Theater Ovations Award, and the LA Garland Award. She was also a finalist in New Plays From the Heartland and semi-finalist at the O’Neill and Blue Ink Awards. Two of her original works have been commissioned by 16th Street Theater, where she has a long-standing relationship as a performer and playwright. As an actor, Arlene has worked extensively in film, television and theater. She views her solo & story work as an artistic extension of the social justice work she has been committed to for the last 25 years. She has performed across the US and internationally, and she is one of Story Jam Studio’s most popular instructors.

Typhanie Monique

Soul-infused-jazz vocal stylist, Typhanie Monique has been a force on the Chicago music scene for over twenty years. Typhanie’s daring rhythmic ideas and unique improvisatory delivery place her in an elite class of vocalists. As a versatile vocalist and master technician, she confidently defies categorization. She is a story-teller, a phraseologist, delivering lyrics straight from the heart taking you on an emotional journey through grooves and moods. Spontaneous compositions are revealed in every performance.

She is a fierce bandleader, known from her days at the Elbo Room with SUMO, Peking Turtle and Jive Council, lending her talent to Tributosaurus (EWF, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles), leading her improv funk outfit, The Booty Movement Coalition, dropping House singles with Mr. Egg Germ and a prominent figure on the international jazz scene. Typhanie has graced jazz’s most distinguished venues in the U.S. and abroad from Chicago’s Jazz Showcase, City Winery and the Chicago Jazz Festival to The Kitano in NYC, The Dakota in Minneapolis, Dazzle in Denver and Vogue’s International Design Festival in Moscow, Russia. Typhanie has shared the stage and recorded with Joe Lovano, Chris Potter, The Manhattan Transfer, Mavis Staples, Joel Frahm, Ken Peplowski, Victor Goines, and Tony Monaco to name a few. Typhanie’s latest project, CALL IT MAGIC, released on Dot Time Records was produced by Grammy award winning producer, Jeff Levenson.

This is an album that’s been years—heck, decades—in the making. It’s where the road has taken her, and it’s a beautiful spot to take in the view. It’s music made with great thought, even more care and, yes, a little magic. That’s the artistry of Typhanie Monique. -Frank Alkyer, Publisher, DownBeat

Ms. Monique has educated and mentored vocalists in the academic world at Northwestern University, DePaul University, and at Columbia College Chicago. Columbia College Chicago’s, Contemporary, Jazz, and Popular music degree program is one of the top contemporary music programs in the nation. As an Assistant Professor of Voice tenure track and the Coordinator of Vocal Studies, Typhanie instructs and develops curriculum in contemporary vocal technique and pedagogy courses, directs the Recording and Performance Ensemble, and teaches applied voice lessons focused in improvisatory and pop genres. Typhanie earned a BM in Music Business from Elmhurst University, Elmhurst, IL and a MA in Vocal Pedagogy from Northeastern Illinois University, Chicago, IL. She is certified in Somatic Voicework Levels I and II and is currently completing a Vocology certification in voice science at the Summer Vocology Institute, University of Utah.

Story Jam is produced by Stephanie Rogers, creative director of Story Jam, the Story Jam Podcast, Story Jam Studio, and Story Serenade. Stephanie is a multi-talented artist who holds degrees in theatre and writing, and who is currently completing her fourth CD of original music. Steph’s writing has appeared in blogs, books, blurbs, and online essays.



Due to the recent Covid variant surge, we are asking audience members to please wear masks to protect the performers and each other. Thank you!


ACCESSIBILITY: Artifact Events is wheelchair accessible with a large entrance on the first floor and a glass elevator from the first floor down to the seating area one half-floor below. Story Jam and Artifact Events will provide every accommodation to ensure a comfortable, enjoyable experience for those who require accessibility. On-hand staff will be available for assistance.

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