Chicago Soul Jazz Collective is a musical ensemble inspired by and dedicated to the sounds, grooves and spirit of the early 1960's Soul Jazz Era. Their debut record, Soulophone, was released in February of 2019 and has enjoyed 17 straight weeks in the JazzWeek Top 50 Charts. The Collective is a hard grooving and passionate combo that plays original material while also reimagining an extensive repertoire of songs by such luminaries as Ramsey Lewis, Lee Morgan, Herbie Hancock, Eddie Harris, Shirley Scott, Jimmy Smith, Stanley Turrentine and many more.
John Fournier is a saxophonist, pianist, composer, lyricist, arranger and educator. His work in the theater has earned him a Joseph Jefferson Award for original music and lyrics and he has created original works for Second City Theatricals, 500 Clown, Steppenwolf, Redmoon Theater, Red Tape Theater, The Kennedy Center, P.S. 122 and has contributed original songs for The Writers’ Theater. As a performing sideman, some of the artists he has had the honor of working with include Bernadette Peters, Jerry Butler, Raul Midon, Robbie Fulks, Jon Langford, Prince, The Bee Gees, Bobby Rydell, Luis Enrique, Bob Newhart, The Mighty Blue Kings and Leslie Gore. His soul/blues ensemble, EVERYBODY SAYS YES, performs regularly in the Chicago area and recently released recordings for the WIRE RECORDERS label. He co-leads the jazz ensemble, CHICAGO SOUL JAZZ COLLECTIVE, and is an active participant in the Chicago jazz and blues scene as a saxophonist and arranger. Fournier is also the saxophonist in BITTERS, one of Chicago’s leading jam bands. As a songwriter, John wrote a song on Raul Midon’s debut recording State of Mind (Manhattan Records) produced by Arif Mardin. As a solo recording artist, he recorded two critically acclaimed CD's for the LunaDisc Label, Breakfast at Epiphany's and Drinking in Airports. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Miami, with emphasis on composition, education and jazz performance. John is a music teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Brookfield and is the music director for the Wire School of Music and Technology.
Marques Carroll is a diverse trumpet player in Chicago who has become a top rate musician in the field of Jazz Music and Education. Originally from St. Louis, Carroll moved to Chicago to pursue his musical career in 1996 where he attended DePaul University. He obtained both his Bachelor’s Degree and his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies Performance.
A dedicated teacher, Marques is currently in his 13th year as a private trumpet instructor with an emphasis in Jazz performance for the New Trier Music Department. Marques is also starting his 11th year as the Musical Director for the Chicago Jesuit Academy in which he directs two Jazz ensembles, teaches general music and overseas the Drum Line and 3rd/4th grade choir.Marques appeared often with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble while under the direction of Dana Hall in performances with artists such as Christian McBride, Etienne Charles, Meshell Ndegocello and Nicholas Payton. Marques has also played lead trumpet for the Chicago Yestet for the last five years and as a soloist for groups and artists such as blues guitarist Guy King, The Ojays, The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson and the Larry King Orchestra, taking him throughout Europe, Vietnam and the Montreal Jazz Festival.
Carroll’s most current projects include his Quintet of original compositions and his Trumpet Summit, which just released its debut record, In Stride We Keep Steppin’. Marques also co-leads the Chicago Soul Jazz Collective which aims to present the sounds of great soul jazz music. Marques is also the newest member of the Count Basie Orchestra since the beginning of 2017.
Amr Marcin Fahmy originally from Krakow, Poland. Amr studied music at Depaul University and has been performing piano in Chicago and abroad for over 20 years.
Andrew Vogt, a bassist from Chicago, has performed with Donny McCaslin, Ernie Watts and Nate Watts. As a member of countless groups including Bonzo Squad, Pocket Radio and the self-led AV Club, Vogt is well versed in both the role of a sideman and a bandleader. His most recent jazz fusion album "The AV Club" received great acclaim and reviews from writers and he is set to put out another album later this year.
Kyle Asche began his professional career in Chicago in 2001, and has appeared extensively throughout the city and beyond. He has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center, Melvin Rhyne, “Killer” Ray Appelton, Chris Foreman, Victor Goines, George Fludas, Ben Paterson and many others. While Asche is a versatile guitarist adept and comfortable in many different genres, the tenets of his style often find him in the company of many of Chicago’s premier jazz vocalists and Hammond organ bands. Now nearly 20 years into his tenure in Chicago, Asche continues to perform around the city on a weekly basis and can be found at many of the city’s jazz rooms regularly. As an active and caring music educator, he has held the jazz guitar faculty position at Loyola University Chicago since 2010.
Keith Brooks is an active performing and recording drummer in the Chicago area. He gained an interest in drums and music at the age of two year. Through guidance he received in elementary, junior high and high school it led to a Bachelor’s of Music in Music Business from Elmhurst College and Master’s Degree in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He has traveled overseas to perform in The Czech Republic and Canada. He has shared the stage with a number of great Jazz musicians and composers such as Phil Woods, Benny Goldson, Steve Weist, Bill Holman, Doug Lawrence, Gary Smulyan, Jeff Hamilton and Mark Colby. He is also currently the Minister of Music at the Chicago Salem M.B.H. Church in Chicago, Drumline instructor at the Chicago Jesuit Academy, and Percussion & Piano Instructor at Musician’s Workshop. He is currently endorsed by T-Cymbals and Scorpion Percussion (drum stick company).