Rolling Stones Sax Man Teams with DePaul University Jazz Ensemble

16 Nov

This particular member of the Demon Tracks staff is definitely more of a Beatles fan than a Stones fan, but whereever you happen to fall in the classicfrom DePaul Newsroom Beatles/Stones divide, you’ll likely find this to be cool:

Starting next week, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries will join with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble, performing interpretations of classic Stones’ tunes. This seven-show engagement goes from November 19 to 22 at Joe and Wayne Segal’s Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago.

Here’s more about Ries and the event from the DePaul Newsroom:

Over the past 10 years, Ries has performed with the Rolling Stones as part of their three blockbuster world tours. During his downtime on the road, Ries took many of the Stones’ greatest hits and radically reinterpreted them in traditional jazz and world genres. His collaborators included some of the biggest names in music, including Stones members, as well as Norah Jones, Sheryl Crow and others.

Ries’ arrangements of these and other Stones songs have been captured in two compact disc collections. “The Rolling Stones Project” features intimate jazz arrangements with Ries providing melody on saxophone, accompanied by small groups of musicians, including Stones members Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood as well as Bill Frisell, Jones and Crow, among others. “Stones World: The Rolling Stones Project II,” is an eclectic blend of world music sounds featuring 72 musicians on 11 tracks, capturing styles from South America, Africa, Europe, India and the Middle East. The Rolling Stones themselves also are featured on the recordings.

Show times for the performances are 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 4 p.m. on Sunday.

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