Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jazz from Planet Flippo has been performing and recording the unique and dynamic original compositions and arrangements of pianist Dave Flippo in Chicago since 1992. The band’s program spans a wide collection of musical styles including contemporary and world-jazz fusion originals, standards and arrangements of modern popular classics from the 60's to the present.


Jazz from Planet Flippo (formerly Flippomusic) has been performing and recording the  dynamic and unique  original compositions and arrangements of pianist Dave Flippo in Chicago since 1992. The band’s program spans a wide collection of musical styles including contemporary and world-jazz fusion originals, standards and  arrangements of modern popular classics from the 60's to the present. They've performed in Chicago area colleges, libraries, street fests, restaurants, music festivals and clubs and at  the South Shore Jazz Fest, Taste of Chicago and Chicago Symphony East Meets West Fest. Most recently, the band's "if Six Was Nine" (Hendrix) was selected for the Jazz Connects Jukebox Jury Award.

The band offers three distinct programs:

1-Jazz Goes the Pop - "Jazzified" popular classics from the 60's to the present  - Bowie, Hendrix, Beatles, Wonder, Joni Mitchell,  Sting, Cream, Dylan & Wnehouse, Turnstall, Mars, Pharrel and Radio Head. Fun !

2-Tao Tunes - Original settings of the timeless Tao Te Ching in a wide variety of styles and grooves. One of the most widely read text in history, this profound, yet concise exploration of the ways of the world and humanity makes for a wonderful and unique library program.

3-Jazz Gumbo - Material from the above two programs mixed with world jazz originals and a few standards. Something tasty for everyone!

Recent CD's include:
- Life on Mars (2016) - jazzified rock classics from the 60’s and 70’s, 
- Tao Tunes (2011) sets 18 chapters of the ancient Tao Te Ching.


FESTIVALS: Taste of Chicago, U. of C. Jazz Festival, South Shore Jazz Fest, Independent Label Festival, Chicago Symphony East Meets West Festival, , Independent Label Festival, Southport Records Jazz Festivals, Around the Coyote Art Festival, Navy Pier World Jazz Festival, Skokie Festival of Cultures, Evanston Ethnic Festival.

STREET FAIRS: Evanston Art Fair, Lincoln Park Cultural Center Art Fair, Ravenswood Manor Street Festival, Oak Park Summer Series, Buffalo Grove “Concerts on the Rotary Green” Libertyville “Out to Lunch” Summer Series.

COLLEGES: Northwestern University Lunch on the Lake Series, U.I.C Jazz Artists Series, College of Lake County Concert Series, De Paul Multicultural Festival, Oakton Community College Lunch Series.

CLUBS: Tommy Nevin's Pub, Jerry's Wicker Park, Eddy V's Prime Seafood-Chicago, Underground Wonderbar, The Avenue Restaurant, Heartland Cafe, Park West, Joe's Be Bop Cafe, Morseland, Hot House, Philanders, Beat Kitchen, Bop Shop, Jazz Bulls Club

SPECIAL PERFORMANCES: Jazzin' at the Shedd,  After Hours at the Field Museum, Brookfield Zoo Summer Concert Series, Chicago Cultural Center Concert Series.

LIBRARIES:  Algonquin, Barrington, Bloomingdale, Forest Park, Fremont, Gail Bordon, Grayslake, Morton Grove, Naperville, Newberry, Orland Park, Park Ridge, Riverview, Prospect Heights, Homewood, Skokie, Wauconda, Woodridge

 - Dave FlippoPianist, composer and leader. Aside from leading the Flippo Jazz Ensemble, Dave Flippo teaches music at Triton College and the College of Lake County as well as in his private studio in Skokie. He holds a Doctorate in Music Composition from the University of Michigan and a Masters in the same from the Eastman School of Music.

 - Dan Hesler- Saxophones and flute.  Dan performs with various jazz ensembles and jobbing bands including Suenos, Digression Mode, Kathy Kelly Ensemble, Sons of the Never Wrong, Motha, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre.

- Heath ChappellDrum set.  Performs and records with Suenos, The New Invaders, Al Rose, Barry Sperti's Caravan, Cantique, John Moran Trio,  Mark Smith's Pong Unit, Midway Ramblers Cajun Band, Mothra and the "Famous Pizza Gig Ensemble" at Bacino's. He revieved his Bachelors of Music from the University of Miami.

 - Donn De SantoAcoustic and electric bass. Donn teaches string bass at Chicago State University and has a Bachelors Degree in jazz studies from DePaul University.  Donn has performed with Event Horizon Jazz Ensemble, John Moran Trio, Brass Tracks Big Band, Pete Ellman, Bill O’Connell Big Band and Cantique.


Prelude to a Dream

Written By: Dave Flippo

Drifting leaves.. whispered sighs...
Smiling lips... closing eyes...
A faint... melody...
I have known... comes to me...
All settle gently in my mind... my heart,
As I drift from then to there and find my self

Here... 'neath the moon...
By a stream... holding fast a million dreams
Gathered from the stars that float above
An end less ocean of souls.. that dream... in the night...

And wake... yet the fleeting memories linger on...
And hope is nourished by the rays of approaching light...
To emerge... like the Spring...
Or the heart... of a child...

That will gaze at the sky... who will love...
soaring high above the green,
Raining down upon the sea of souls that ebb and flow far below...
And move through the day seeking love...
Fleeting smiles as they dream... forever more.

Bossa De Santo

Written By: Dave Flippo

Pluck the strings and the notes rise and flow around us,
Wandering through the smoke and light, into the night.
Moan the tones as they scurry and fly, whisper and cry,
Drifting in to a fluid tapestry . . . you cannot see.

As he sways, the lines in his mind flow up, down and over.
And the music seems to say: “Please come and play.”
Thousand melodies all collide until he sees,
One that fits this place in time . . . a perfect rhyme.

And the people who listen lean in and join him,
Feeling the passion of his song, so free and strong.
And they smile as they think of the evenings' sweet conversation.


Written By: Dave Flippo

You better stop! ... before you fill it to the top.
Sharpen it twice ... you'll find your knife won't slice.
Too many riches ... and all the crooks develop itches.
If your ego gets too gets big ... you could loose your gig.

So retire when the work is through.
One exhalation ... relieves frustration.
And do only what you need to do.
This is the way of heaven, the way of heaven.

Based on English translations of Chapter 9 of the “Tao Te Ching” by J.H. McDonald, Jane English, Stephen Mitchell, Derek Lin and Peter Merel.


Written By: Tao Te Ching (adapted by Dave Flippo)

DISTRACTIONS - (Chapter 24 of the Tao Te Ching)
He who stands on tiptoe is not sturdy.
She who hurries can't keep up the pace.
He who seeks the spotlight dims his brilliance.
And she who is self-righteous wins disgrace.

Nothing is achieved by endless boasting.
Endurance is not gained by one who's vain.
Self importance brings about disaster.
And grabbing lots of cash can get you slain.

According to the travelers on the pathway of the heart,
Pursuing these distractions yields no good.
For none of these ambitions can true happiness impart,
So avoiding them unceasingly is undeniably understood.


Written By: Tao Te Ching (adapted by Dave Flippo)

USEFUL - (Chapter 11 of the Tao Te Ching)
There's thirty spokes on the hub of a wheel,
But it's the hole in the middle that is useful.
A lump of clay can be shaped into a bowl,
But it's the space deep inside that is useful.
So useful.
Cut two windows or more, then add a door,
It's the holes in the walls that are useful.
They're very useful.
It's a loose rule.
They're useful.
A block of stone can be carved into a pipe,
But it's the hole running through it that is useful.
Some planks of wood can be formed into a boat,
But it's the space up on top that is useful.
So useful.
Take a bamboo shoot and make a flute,
It's the holes up and down that are useful.
They're very useful.
It's a loose rule.
They're useful.

So profit comes from what is there,
And usefulness from what is not.


Written By: Tao Te Ching (adapted by Dave Flippo)

PARADOX - (Chapter 36 of the Tao Te Ching)
That which shrinks must be full.
That which fails must first be sturdy.
That which falls must first be raised.
Before one gets, there must be giving.
The soft will melt the very hard.
The weak will win against the tyrant.
A fish should stay in waters deep.
A mighty state should hide it's weapons.

This is how the world behaves,
The simple truth of how it goes,
Two opposites create a whole,
And everywhere a paradox.

There is no hot without the cool.
Without the white there is no blackness.
One who wins should offer praise.
If there's no pain, you'll not know pleasure.

This is how the world behaves,
The simple truth of how it goes,
Two opposites create a whole,
And everywhere a paradox.

Up, down; black, white;
Torment, pleasure.
Labor, leisure; living, dying?


Life on Mars - Oppilf Records -  The Flippomusic Ensemble - 2016

Tao Tunes -  Oppilf Records - The Flippomusic Ensemble - 2012

When the Heart is Strong  -  Da Duo Del Flippo De Santo - 2004

Ganesh -  Southport Records -  The Flippomusic Ensemble - 2001

Tendrils of Light -  Southport Records - Flippomusic Globaljazz Ensemble -1995

Dave also appeared on It's About Time -  with the Pong Unit. Poet Slam Originator Mark Smith's premier CD.  2003.

Solo piano recordings:

Winter Sketches -  Inner Light Records - Solo Piano - 1986.

New Age Variations - Inner Light Records -  Solo Piano - 1985.

Set List

Planet Flippo Offers 3 Programs: (partial)

1. Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell
2. If Six Was Nine -  Jimi Hendrix
5. Bye Bye Blackbird (standard)
3. Paradox - Flippo (Tao Tune)
6. Superstition -  Stevie Wonder

JAZZ GOES THE POP - all 60's to present.
1. Superstition - Stevie Wonder
2. Rehab - Amy Winehouse
3. Norwegian Wood -  Beatles
4.. Chelsea Morning - Joni Mitchell
5.. If 6 Was 9 -  Jimi Hendrix


1. Tao -  ballad
2. Useful -  light
3. Stop – bluesy swing
4. Distractions - 
hard jazz waltz
5. Sick -  medium
Indian / Latin tune
6. Feeling -  bright