Shandor Trio
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Shandor Trio

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"James Dapogny Review"

The stride and swing piano tradition of the early 20th century is preserved through the playing of pianist and musicologist James Dapogny. Together with his small combo, the Chicago Jazz Band -- featuring Jon-Eric Kellso (trumpet), Mike Karoub (bass), Russ Whitman (reeds), Kim Cusack (reeds), Chris Smith (trombone), Rod McDonald (guitar, banjo), and Wayne Jones (drums) -- Dapogny has recorded seven albums of ragtime, New Orleans and Chicago jazz, and small-band swing. The band, which has made semi-regular appearances on National Public Radio's "A Prairie Home Companion," has been featured on albums by the Andrews Sisters-like trio Chenille Sisters and late jazz-blues pianist Sippie Wallace. They celebrated their 20th anniversary with a live album, On the Road, in 1995. Deeply influenced by the piano playing of Jelly Roll Morton (1890-1941), Dapogny wrote the liner notes for a series of Morton's recordings issued by the Library of Congress and Rounder Records and edited the scholarly book -Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton: The Collected Piano Music, published by Schirmer, Inc.. Dapogny has recorded two albums -- Laughing at Life and Original Jelly Roll Blues -- featuring his interpretations of Morton's music. The holder of a doctorate of musical arts in composition, Dapogny has taught at the University of Michigan since 1966. He received a faculty recognition award and Thurnau professorship for outstanding teaching in 1982. Dapogny has served as an editor and editorial board member for Jazz Masterworks Editions, a collaborative project of Oberlin College and the Smithsonian Institute. ~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

- All Music Guide

"Mike Karoub Reviews"

Mike Karoub's freewheeling cello playing is such a knockout it's a wonder there aren't more jazz cellists - maybe they're just afraid to sneak out of the conservatory.

I don't know how Detroiter Mike Karoub handles Bach or Dvorak, but he's a serious jazz musician, with a verteran jazzman's vocabulary and formidable chops.

-Chris Reitz - Lansing State Journal
- Lansing State Journal

"Patterson Rhythm Pace Dance Ensemble"

"Trish Shandor, the jazz vocalist, is fantastic. I had heard her sing several times before deciding to mount this project and she was my first choice from the beginning. She is a remarkable singer with an understanding of rhythm like no other. I knew she would be a perfect fit.”, Greg Patterson said.

By Dawn Pauli, contributing writer - Oakland Press


Trish Shandor discography:
Scott Gwinnell Jazz Orchestra: "Brush Fire"- 2009

Mike Karoub:
Royal Garden Trio: "Royal Garden Trio" -2003
Royal Garden Trio - "RGT"- 2002
Banu Gibson - "Love Is Good for Anything that Ails You" - 1998

James Dapogny-
James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band: "Original Jelly Roll Blues - MUSIC OF JELLY ROLL MORTON"
Maria Maldaur: "Naughty, Bawdy, & Blue"
Sippie Wallace with James Dapogny's Chicago Jazz Band: "SIPPIE" (Grammy-Nominated)



This unique trio, focusing mostly on the American songbook, unites vocalist Trish Shandor, cellist Mike Karoub, and pianist James Dapogny. No strangers to the city's jazz scene individually, these three veteran scholar/performers team up to create a new powerhouse trio in Metro Detroit. Blending their unique styles and finesse to create one of Detroit’s finest new trios--and surely the rarest combination--these musicians will delight audiences with a variety of jazz, blues, and cabaret offerings. Shandor Trio is performing regularly in the Detroit area.

About the trio:
Trish Shandor: Trish is no stranger to a stage and has been performing professionally in musicals since the age of 11 and the private party and club scene since the age of 14. She has also been supporting her own career and education since the age of 12.

Trish has a BMA in vocal performance from Oakland University with a strong emphasis in both jazz studies and classical voice with a music education core curriculum. Trish is sought after for her ability to be what the Michigan Opera Theatre Department of Community Programs considers a multi-genre vocalist and style master. She is one of Clinton Township’s most prominent vocal music educators and has successfully created some of the Metro Detroit areas most promising young talents, including Miss Michigan 2000, CheVonne Burton.

Besides singing classical music, she can often be seen and heard singing a variety of musical styles with a chameleon-like approach. She has been recognized by her colleagues as one of the most versatile vocalists in Metro Detroit. She is a 25-year performance veteran and has graced many local stages and also venues in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Orlando, Los Angeles, Lake Tahoe, New York City, Chicago, Toronto, Tokyo and various cruise lines as a voice impressionist.
Trish is an Artist-in-Residence with the Michigan Opera Theatre Touring Company and tours children’s operas to schools all over Michigan, the mid-west, and Canada. Trish is a member of the voice team at the Michigan Opera Theatre and runs her own private voice studio VOICE 911 ™. On top of the many hats she wears, she still performs locally and travels to perform across the United States. Trish was a nominee for two Detroit Music Awards for 2008 in classical and jazz voice categories. She won the DMA for Outstanding Classical Vocalist in 2008 & 2009. She was recently honored as a "Future Freedom Sister" a program in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute for her music mentoring contributions to youth in Detroit.

Mike Karoub: Mike was born in 1963 in Dearborn, Michigan. He began playing cello at age 8. His teachers included Detroit symphony cellists Marcy Chanteaux, Mario DiFiore and Eastern Michigan universities' professor of Cello, Diane Winder. Mike took up string bass in 7th grade and began playing professional engagements on both instruments shortly thereafter.
Mike attended Wayne State University and Eastern Michigan University. He then toured as bassist for Grammy nominated James Dapogny's Chicago jazz Band, Banu Gibson's New Orleans Hot Jazz, recording several albums, with appearances at the Smithsonian, the Kennedy Center, Hollywood Bowl and Garrison Keillor's "A Prarie Home Companion". He has also has been a guest with the St. Louis and Atlanta Symphonies. On cello, Mike has performed with several Detroit area orchestras and as a soloist, playing jazz arrangements for cello and orchestra with the Livonia Symphony, and is no stranger to studio work.
Currently, Mike plays cello, teaching several private students and does orchestral and chamber work. He is often employed as a string clinician and conductor, in addition to being featured soloist in the Royal Garden Trio.
Mike Karoub is a must see performer. He will captivate you with his unique style and sense of musicianship. His work with the Royal Garden trio has been nothing but stellar and his playing style is a musical revelation. He has a beautiful command of his instrument, easily moving from plainly beautiful to sassy. The magical effect of his playing brings a whole different perspective on the group's sound. Karoub delivers a defining touch to some old chestnuts and gives them new life. While we all know Mike Karoub with the Royal Garden Trio, he can bring a special finesse to any musical situation.

James Dapogny: James needs little introduction in the jazz world. Professor of Music at the University of Michigan for over 40 years, he has led his Grammy-nominated Chicago Jazz Band for over 32 years, playing in forty-four states across North America and releasing numerous acclaimed records and C.D.s, including, most recently, NAUGHTY, BAWDY AND BLUE, a project backing up the legendary Maria Muldaur in an album of early blues classics.

A performer/scholar, University of Michigan professor with a doctorate in composition, Dapogny is an authority on solo jazz piano styles. His piano playing is powerful, rich,