One of Chicago’s most popular multi-reedists, native Minnesotan PAT MALLINGER has lived and performed in LA, Dallas, Boston, and Japan before establishing Chicago as his home in 1990. He is a co-founder and co-leader of Sabertooth, which has been playing to capacity crowds at the Green Mill Lounge for over 20 years. Pat also performs with the Bobby Lewis Quintet, Art Hoyle Quintet, his eponymous Pat Mallinger Quartet, and was a key member of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble. An educator at the Music Institute of Chicago, American Conservatory Of Music, and Merit Music, he has been the saxophone mentor in the Ravinia Jazz Mentor Program since its inception in 1994 and a Jazz Mentor in Chicago Public schools in the Louis Armstrong Legacy Project and Celebration program. Pat has performed with internationally known artists, including Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Ramsey Lewis, and Aretha Franklin. He has performed as a sideman on more than 40 albums and as a leader on four.
Described as a “relentlessly inventive pianist” and “monster of the piano,” BILL CARROTHERS has been a professional pianist for over 25 years. He has played many venues throughout the U. S. and Europe including the Village Vanguard, Birdland, Blues Alley, New Morning (Paris), Audi Jazz Festival (Brussels), the Nevers Jazz Festival (sharing the bill with Abbey Lincoln), the Gilmore Keyboard Festival, the Montreal Jazz Festival, and the Marciac Festival in France. In 2000, Bill headlined the prestigious Rising Star Tour throughout Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. A leader on twenty-one recordings, all of which have received critical acclaim, his twenty-three sideman credits include Buddy DeFranco, Dave Douglas, Curtis Fuller, Billy Higgins, Lee Konitz, James Moody, Gary Peacock, Dewey Redman, Charlie Rouse, James Spaulding, Toots Thielemans, and Benny Wallace. Bill was awarded the Grand Prix du Disque for Jazz in 2004 and was nominated for the Les Victoires du Jazz (French Grammy equivalent) in 2005 and 2011. Accompanying Pat and Bill are DENNIS CARROLL, bass; GEORGE FLUDAS, drums.