Ed Vodicka 



Sunday October 24, 2010 at 2:00 PM 


  • $18 at the door and online
  • Group rate available

Doors open at 1pm.  Refreshments available at intermission and post-performance.

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Steinway of Chicago - Downers Grove 
1205-A Butterfield Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515

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The Ed Vodicka Trio featuring New York Vocalist Marlene VerPlanck 

"...She may be the most accomplished interpreter of popular material performing today..." 
The New York Times

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Throughout her career, Marlene VerPlanck has stuck to her guns, paying loving care to the great standards and new songs from our finest composers, while ignoring mediocre pop tunes. Songwriter Hugh Martin ("Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," etc.) expressed it well: "We know our songs are safe in the hands of Marlene VerPlanck, and she will sing them better than anyone else."


Millions of people first heard Marlene's crystal-clear voice anonymously, on radio and television, when she espoused the merits of dozens of commercial products, among them: "Mm-mm good, mm-mm good, that's what Campbell's Soups are..." But, actually, she got her start in the big-band business, as a very young vocalist with Charlie Spivak and Tex Beneke. During a brief stint with the last Dorsey Brothers Orchestra, she met her future husband, musician-arranger Billy VerPlanck.

In time, Marlene became one of the nation's busiest studio singers, backing up vocalists ranging from Frank Sinatra and MelTorme to Kiss. Following appearances on Alec Wilder's historic National Public Radio series, "American Popular Songs," in the 1970s, Marlene emerged as a leading solo performer. Appearances at Carnegie Hall, Michael's Pub and the Rainbow Room brought rave notices, and national TV shows, including "Entertainment Tonight," "The Today Show" and CBS's "Sunday Morning," featured profiles of the increasingly popular singer.

Today, Marlene performs across North America and much of Western Europe, while a growing roster of solo CDs continues to win critical acclaim. A list of her current recordings on the Audiophile label appears on her web site in the Discography section. The albums feature exciting arrangements scored by her husband, Billy VerPlanck, with accompaniment by many of America's finest musicians.

In addition to her Audiophile albums,"In a Digital Mood," featuring Marlene, Mel Torme and Julius LaRosa with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, on the GRP label, was the first big-band CD to go gold. The CD is available from GRP Records, Inc. Also, at the personal request of Richard Adler, the renowned composer of Damn Yankees and The Pajama Game, Marlene recorded some of Adler's most memorable music. The CD, "You Gotta Have Heart: The Songs of Richard Adler," is available on the Varese Saraband label.

Marlene has recently begun performing with Ed Vodicka, including an extremely successful Southern California tour, culminating in an exciting performance with Ed's big band at Catalina's Jazz Club in Hollywood, California.   Be sure to mark your calendar for what will be another exciting afternoon, this time in Chicagoland.  In fact, click here to read Myna Daniels' L.A. Jazz Scene review of her April 2010 performance.

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". . . a potent blend of pianistic articulateness and brisk, swinging accompaniment." 

Don Heckman, Los Angeles Times

" . . . one of the finest jazz pianists in Los Angeles."

Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

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Since his move from hometown Chicago over a decade ago, Ed Vodicka has been a regular on the L.A. scene, performing with a who's-who list of jazz greats.  He was "discovered" and befriended his first month in Los Angeles by the great studio drummer Earl Palmer, who introduced Ed to the jazz community and opened many doors for him in the process.  After just a few months in town, Ed was a regular with none other than ground-breaking tenor player Teddy Edwards' group, filling in while pianist Art Hillary was on extended leave.

After the passing of friend and pianist George Gaffney, Ed became a regular member of   The Earl Palmer Trio, along with bassist Ernie McDaniel.  This trio was the original group to begin music performances at what would for a time become one of L.A.'s hottest jazz clubs, Charlie O's.  For nearly 2 years Ed performed weekly as a member of Earl’s trio, and as a member bassist John Heard's trio, along with drummer Roy McCurdy.  As the Friday-Saturday house trio, they regularly backed up many the west coast's greatest artists, including tenor saxophonists Pete Christlieb, Don Menza, Bill Perkins, Charles Owens, Ray Reed and Herman Riley; alto saxophonists Lanny Morgan and Med Flory, trombonist Phil Ranelin; and trumpeters Pete and Conte Candoli, Sal Marquez, and Nolan Shaheed

Since his first years in L.A., Ed has expanded his work to include T.V., film and album recording dates, arranging, orchestrating and producing.  A superb accompanist, he is much in-demand by vocalists of all types.  Ed accompanied and conducted for Perry Como on his final concert tour; rehearsed, coached and arranged for the legendary Anita O'Day during her last few years of performing; serves as music director for Marilyn King of the King Sisters; and his critically and popularly acclaimed arranging and performances with actor/jazz vocalist Bill Henderson culminated in a nationally-charting recording -- "Bill Henderson Live at the Kennedy Center."

Sunday October 24 promises to be an exciting afternoon -- and a homecoming as well! 

It's "V" time! 


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