Soloists

  • Neal Alger

    Guitar

    A freelance jazz guitarist in Chicago for twelve yeras now, Neal Alger has toured Europe, Canada, and the U.S. with jazz vocalist/pianist Patricia Barber and he is featured on her Blue Note Records releases Verse, Live: A Fortnight in France, Mythologies, and Cole Porter Mix. He served as a Jazz Ambassador touring five countries in West Africa through a cultural exchange program sponsored by the State Department and the U.S. Government. He received his Bachelors degree at Northern Illinois University where he studied with Fareed Haque. He has served on the faculty at the Christ Laughlin School of Music, Naperville Central High School, and given master classes and private lessons at northern Illinois University. He has also been combo instructor at NIU Jazz Camp, and Naperville Central High School Jazz Camp. In addition to modern jazz, Alger plays R&B/soul with singers K Fox and Typhanie Monique, classic rock covers with Cast Iron Skillet, and 20th century classical music with HardArt Groop. He has been very inspired by hip-hop and soul music and elements of these genres can be found on his first CD, Here and Now, There and Before.

  • David Onderdonk

    Guitar

    David Onderdonk began playing guitar at the age of eight with interests in folk, bluegrass and rock music. He started his career as a classical guitarist in a duo with dancer Patricia Hruby called One Plus One. From 1976 – 1980, he played concerts in Europe, Central and South America and throughout the United States. He has taken classical guitar master classes with Manuel Barrueco, Eliot Fisk, Eduardo Fernandez, and Turibio Santos.

    Since moving to Chicago, he has been active in the jazz clubs performing and touring with numerous groups. He has recorded two albums of original guitar music for Quever Records titles Close Call and Lookout as well as a duo album with drummer Mark walker for Southport Records titled Loose Contact. Most recently, he recorded an album of renaissance guitar music as an independent project. He has toured and recorded with Fred Simon, Marlene Rosenberg, Fareed Haque, Kurt Elling, Terry Callier, and Grazyna Augiscik.

    For over thirty years, David has done studio work including CDs, TV jingles, documentaries (A&E with Bill Kurtis) and Movie soundtracks (Off the Map). IN 1996 he was featured in JAZZIZ magazine for their Guitars on Fire issue with Eight is Enough from Loose Contact.

    He has also been an instructor for over thirty years including Columbia College, Old Town School of Folk Music, Christopher Laughlin Guitar Studio, and Roosevelt University. He is currently teaching privately at the Elmhurst Music Academy and taught jazz studies at the Interlochen Center for the Arts during the 2011 summer session.

  • Ian Maksin

    Cello

    Born in Saint-Petersburg, Russia, Ian Maksin has started playing the cello at age six at the Special school for Gifted Children of the Rimsky-Korsakov Conservatory. He has performed at concert halls throughout the world as a soloist, chamber musician as well as the principal cellist of the New World Symphony under direction of Michael Tilson Thomas. Maksin live performances have been frequently broadcast on National Public radio, as well as on NBC and ABC networks.

    Maksin has premiered and recorded numerous works by contemporary composers, including a critically acclaimed album by composer Eric Ewazen, Sculpting Clouds. In 2006, he recorded on the album Clocks music by Miguel de Aguila, a collaboration with the celebrated Cuarteto Latinoamericano. Ians latest CD tilted Solo Flight is an eclectic compilation of works for cello solo and is currently featured on Pandora Radio as well as iTunes Internet radio. Outside classical music, Ian has collaborated with such artists as Andrea Bocelli, Gloria Estefan, Barry Gibb of the former Bee Gees, P. Diddy and Snoop Dogg to name a few. Ian describes his main goal as an artist is to close the musical gap between generations and societies and make cello music accessible for everyone.

  • Neil Dixon Smith

    Soloist

    Neil Dixon Smith is a solo classical guitarist based in Chicago. Neil’s specialty is guitar music of Latin America, stemming from his 9-year apprenticeship with Chilean guitar master Alfonso Chacon. A set of background music for a cocktail or dinner party or wedding reception will include lively and elegant classics from Brazil, Argentina, Venezuela, Cuba, Mexico, Peru, and Columbia in addition to great works of Spanish classical guitar.

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