Jazz from the Blue Note Era and Beyond...

The Swing Collective

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Projects we're involved in...

The 8 Ball Saxophone Quartet


The 8 Ball Saxophone Quartet consists of four graduates of the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign. We first started performing together as a saxophone quartet nearly 20 years ago, and we are still going strong today. 


8 Ball prides ourselves on our ability to adapt to any musical situation. Whether it's a gentle chorale by J.S. Bach, a Mozart string concerto, a swinging transcription of a big band chart by Duke Ellington or Count Baise, or a pop or rock selection by the Beatles, Billy Joel, or Chicago, 8 Ball can cover it all. 


For booking info or to read more about the 8 Ball Saxophone Quartet click on the link: 8ballsaxquartet.webs.com





Three Guys Playing Jazz 


Three Guys Playing Jazz is a jazz trio from Chicagoland that plays modern improvised music as well as some interesting takes on traditional favorites. Formed in the Summer of 2011, the trio consists of Steve Burkholder on drums, Scott Coletta on piano, and Wesley Morgan on bass. 

Three Guys Playing Jazz is available to play in any setting both public and private. We are highly skilled musicians that can play music suitable for any event or function - clubs, parties, weddings, wine and cheese tastings, tea time - you name it. We are also available for hire as a rhythm section. For more info stop by their website: threeguysplayingjazz.com





Wesley Morgan- Freelance Bassist


Are you in need of live music for an upcoming event? Wesley collaborates with several different instrumental jazz groups that perform at various venues around the Chicago area. Each group has its own strengths and unique interpretation of the music performed. 

All groups are either in two or three musician formats. This helps to keep the overall cost of hiring a band affordable while also ensuring that the band maintains a low profile at your event. 


Whether you need music for cocktail hour at a corporate event, a wedding reception, or a dinner party, these musicians will be a perfect fit. 


For more information on booking please visit www.wesleymorganmusic.com





Soul Vaccination


Soul Vaccination is a high intensity, high energy, horn-driven, classic rock band that hails from the south side of Chicago. Lead by vocalist Rich Aldana, Soul Vaccination  represents four decades worth of live experience rocking outdoor fests, theaters, concert venues, and everywhere else both in and around Chicago. Our set lists are heavily rooted with classic tracks from bands like Tower of Power and Chicago, but we cover many other artists.


For more info check us out at www.soulvac.com





The Names


The Names is a unique group- it's a band made up of touring members of other well known bands! Members of the Names have played with some of the best and brightest stars of the 60's and beyond! At a Names performance you will hear only the best of the best songs from the 60's and 70's. This is horn driven, classic rock and roll at it's best! Our band members have shared the stage with an impressive list of bands and solo artists, including the Buckinghams, Paul Revere & the Raiders, New Colony Six, Shadows of Knight, Herman's Hermits, Jay & the Americans, The Guess Who, Mark Lindsay, Gary Puckett, Gary Lewis & The Playboys, Martha & the Vandellas, The Kingsmen, The Shangrilas, Lou Christie, Danny & The Juniors, The Ides of March, Mitch Ryder, John Kay (Steppenwolf),  Mary Wilson (Supremes), Gary Lewis, Bill Medley, Chuck Negron, The Drifters, The Crystals, The Turtles, The Association, Don McLean, Nicolette Larson, The Grassroots, & many more! The Names specialize in music from the 60's and 70's, but we also play everything from the 50's to today. Available for festivals, casinos, concerts and other events, for booking call (815) 955-1247 or stop by www.gigsalad.com