Swingin' Chopin
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Swingin' Chopin

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States | SELF

Sterling Heights, Michigan, United States | SELF
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Swingin' Chopin is a jazz band performing in the straight-ahead mold of Miles, Monk and Evans as well as contemporary styles. Of added interest to today's listeners, the group varies its fare with jazz and Latin jazz arrangements of well known melodies from the classical repertoire. The band's leader is prominent Detroit area bassist and arranger Rich Kowalewski, whose jazz credentials include performances with Wynton Marsalis, international jazz trumpet artist; Martha Reeves, renowned Motown vocalist; Dave Samuels, mallet artist/leader of the Caribbean Jazz Project; Ernie Wilkins, Count Basie arranger/composer and jazz great; and Matt Michaels, Detroit pianist,educator and jazz icon.

Rich's groups have appeared over the years at the Ford Detroit International JazzFest (as headliner); the Michigan Jazz Festival; the Ann Arbor Jazz Festival (as headliner); on WJR radio's Mitch Albom Show (numerous times); and on WJBK-TV's Morning Show.

In both 2004 and 2006, Rich's band was a Detroit Music Awards winner in the "Outstanding World Recording" category. He is also a jazz/Latin band clinician at the middle school, high school and college levels.

Swingin' Chopin performs in a variety of settings and formats; in addition to the full quartet, it is possible to book the group in trio and duo configurations.

Rob Emanuel graduated from the Percussion Institute of Technology with honors, where he studied with Joe Porcaro, Ralph Humphrey, Steve Houghton and Ed Soph, percussion specialist from North Texas State. He has played with a wide range of musicians, including Bob Mintzer (of Yellowjackets and Jaco Pastorius fame), Chris Collins (Phil Collins Big Band), the blues band Sharecroppers of Soul and Detroit’s legendary rock/show group Teen Angels. His work is showcased on a number of releases, including Kristin Sayers’ “Tripping Over the Sky” and Joe Messina’s “Messina Madness,” and he has released two CDs as a leader, “Mystery Manual” and “Art Carnage.”

Joe Ivers returned to music after a business career in market research. He plays a full range of saxophones and reeds, and has performed with many of Detroit's leading jazz musicians, including several years on alto,†tenor, soprano, flute and clarinet†with Ed Nuccilli's big band “Plural Circle.”†He frequently appears at Baker's Keyboard Lounge and other major jazz venues in Detroit, and has performed at the Detroit Jazz Festival and the Michigan Jazz Festival.

Kurt Schreitmueller began his studies early on with classical training at both the Cleveland and Detroit Institutes of Music. He continued with jazz instruction under Matt Michaels, the now-retired professor of jazz instruction at Wayne State University. Kurt earned his bachelor's degree in economics and business administration from Hillsdale College, during which time he continued his classical training and was exposed to the works of Chopin for the first time. He has played numerous clubs and one-nighters as a working musician, eventually making his way into the world of music for advertising.