Interested in adding a live music element to your soirée but not able to spend the cheese on a full band? We’ve got you covered. Style Matters currently has a jazz guitarist, percussionists, string musicians, and a pianist on our roster. We wouldn’t invite just anyone to join our family…
CHAMBER ENSEMBLE – STRING THEORY
String Theory is a chamber music ensemble that consists of a rotating troupe of classically trained musicians. We’ve been playing together since 2005 and started working Style Matters events the following year. Though we can learn just about anything a client asks us to play, classical music is our forté. We’re not an incredibly formal/stuffy ensemble (no tuxedos here, folks) and we like to think that we can make even the most commonly requested tunes (Pachebel anyone?) sound like something all our own. In addition to hundreds of weddings, we also hold private recitals and have performed for high profile events with the likes of Tom Brokaw and Colin Powell.
DRUMMERS – ERNIE ADAMS & FRIENDS
Drummer, percussionist, composer, producer and educator Ernie Adams has been playing professionally since age 15. He has played, toured and/or recorded with artists including Ramsey Lewis, Stanley Turrentine, Dizzy Gillespie, Joe Williams, Patricia Barber, Dianne Reeves, James Moody, Rufus Reid, Joe Zawinul, Slide Hampton, Frank Morgan, Arturo Sandoval, Wycliff Gordon, Clark Terry, Pharoah Sanders, Ahmad Jamal, and others. Adams is a member of Akalibrio, an intellipop band and music production company. He also has jazz, funk, hip hop and worldbeat concerts and projects under his own name.
Adams appears on over 100 recordings and his performance and production credits include movie soundtracks and radio and television jingles. In particular, he performed and co-wrote the soundtrack, and appeared in, the 1995 motion picture A Family Thing starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.
Adams studied jazz at North Texas State University and The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. For over 15 years, he has tutored in the Chicago public schools. He is currently on the faculty at the University of Illinois-Chicago and provides instruction for Orbert Davis’ Music Alive program, The Jazz Institute of Chicago, Ravinia and the Music Institute of Chicago.
JAZZ GUITARIST – PROFESSOR DONOVAN MIXON
Guitarist Donovan Mixon came to Chicago in 2010 after an extended sojourn living as an expatriate in the countries of Italy and Turkey. As a freelance performing artist and college professor he performed at jazz festivals – Umbria Jazz, Istanbul Jazz Festival, Ankara Jazz, Monticello Jazz, Jazz In It, and taught at many educational institutions – Central European University -Budapest, Shanghai American School -China, D.A.M.S Bologna, Istanbul Bilgi University. Last summer, Donovan performed at the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival with his current group, Montage (montageworldjazz.com) and continues to perform with groups or as a soloist at many venues both public and private. Some of venues where he has played should be very familiar: the Green Mill (vids on YouTube), Andy’s Jazz Club, Room 43, Katerina’s, and The Serbian Village.