In 2015, jazz vocalist/composer Keri Johnsrud collaborated with GRAMMY nominated pianist Kevin Bales to release a critically acclaimed album of all-original vocal jazz material, This Side of Morning, which contains influences of pop, funk, folk and classical. For their performance at SIP, Keri and her group, featuring Tom Vaitsas on piano, Christian Dillingham on bass and drummer Greg Artry, will showcase selections from their latest release, in addition to arrangements of jazz standards. 


"A Chicago staple, Keri Johnsrud is far more than the typical jazz vocalist. This Side Of Morning walks that delicate harmonic tightrope between the cerebral and the visceral with odd meters and eclectic genres tossed in for a sound that is fresh and innovative. An all original release normally hits all the right notes or it can be a crash and burn of epic proportions, Johnsrud is as talented a lyricist as she is a vocal artist. The first and perhaps most logical question from most would be, "Who does she sound like?" A question fraught with peril so imagine Patricia Barber with a bit more variety and you might be in the ball park. A pristine voice, impeccable phrasing and the ability to draw the listener inside the song. Johnsrud doesn't merely sing the songs, she makes the music. The band is first rate and allows her to embrace a more organic side of where vocal jazz can go. Impressive. Having been known as someone brutal on female vocalists, Keri Johnsrud is like that first day of spring. A lyrical breath of fresh air and a rising star…" - Brent Black

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