The Jazz Explorers

The Jazz Explorers


The Jazz Explorers are a Chicago based quartet playing classic and modern jazz in a range of styles Both well known to jazz fans and accessible to casual listeners, with arrangements which keep the music uniquely our own. Available for Clubs, , Occasions, Fairs, Festivals, Corporate Events


We play music which is well known to jazz fans and also accessible to casual listeners, incorporating arrangements which keep the music uniquely our own, avoiding the typical *4 or 5 guys going through a fake book* approach one often finds. Our performances include music written by Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Bela Fleck, Hancock, Ellington, Monk and Brubek among others, and also include original compositions.

The Jazz Explorers can, if desired, offer a unique feature which audiences consistently enjoy: the *Jazz Jukebox*. This setup allows audience members to select certain of the songs played in each set. The Jazz Jukebox is accessible to both knowledgeable jazz fans seeking a specific tune from the repertoire or the casual listener. Patrons don’t not need to know jazz in detail or even the name of a song in order to enjoy the Jukebox….. People really like this feature and the *Jazz Jukebox* makes a Jazz Explorers performance fun for the audience.

The Jazz Explorers like it fast, except when we like it slow.......

Either way it's always fun....Live jazz should be lively

Set List

We cull from the following play list:

A Child Is Born
A Foggy Day
A Night In Tunisia
Afro Blue
Alice In Wonderland
All Blues
All Of Me
All of You
All the Things You Are
Armadillos Peanut Butter
Bags’ Groove
Better Get It In Your Soul
Black Orpheus
Blue Bossa
Blue Monk
Blue Rondo a la Turk
Body and Soul
Christmas Time Is Here
Cold Duck Time
Days of Wine and Roses
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
Freddie the Freeloader
Fried Bananas
Goodbye Mr. Pork Pie Hat
Harlem Nocturne
Here’s That Rainy Day
How Insensitive
I Can’t Give You Anything But Love
I Feel Pretty
Intermission Riff
It Don’t Mean A Thing If It Ain’t Got That Swing
Killer Joe
Lady Bird
Last Week
Lester Leaps In/Flintstones
Li'l Brother
Love is Blue
Lullaby of Birdland
Mercy Mercy Mercy
Midnight Voyage
Mood Indigo
Ms. Miniver
My One and Only Love
Nica’s Dream
Night and Day