Jazz in the sanctuary tonight

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Twice a year the sanctuary of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church is transformed into an intimate night club that accommodates about a hundred people for a jazz concert in the fall and a blues concert in the spring.

At 8 p.m. tonight, Lucy Smith Quintet will perform at St. Martin’s Jazz in the Sanctuary, according to a press release.

Lucy Smith has been a part of Chicago’s music scene for many years. As leader and arranger for the Lucy Smith Quartet/Quintet and as singer/songwriter for the jazz-infused Passing For Normal, Lucy has led a myriad of musical combinations exploring the worlds of traditional jazz and blues and other popular music.

Lucy has performed in many Chicago area venues including the Park West, House of Blues, Martyrs, HotHouse, Pete Miller’s, Regal Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, DuSable Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, Speakeasy Supperclub, Elbo Room, and area festivals including Taste of Chicago and Evanston’s Lakeshore Arts Festival.

“With a mature and confident voice, Lucy covers the spectrum — offering jazz, blues and some funky R&B. Her arrangements are artful, the songwriting smart and there are some wonderful surprises. So listen and enjoy!” — Richard Steele, Chicago Public Radio

As a special feature of Jazz in the Sanctuary a live auction will be held that includes fine art, food baskets, and other desirable items. For the jazz aficionado, the auction this year will feature three limited edition prints that depict four well-known jazz musicians by artist/photographer Kelly Weime. The black and white photos are of pianist, composer, and singer/songwriter Thollem McDonas, double bass player Brian Smith, and bass clarinet player Jason Stein with percussionist Tim Daisy. Ms. Weime took the photos while the jazz greats were performing in the Chicago area. The silver gelatin prints are limited editions framed and matted on museum-quality archival mat board.

St. Martin’s is located at 5700 W. Midway Park, near Central Avenue and Lake Street in Austin. For tickets and information call 773 378-8111. Tickets can also be ordered online at www.saintmartinschicago.org.

There will be food and refreshments and a cash bar. Tickets are $25.00. Doors open at 7:30pm.

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