This past Saturday, I photographed The Alyssa Allgood Jazz Quintet performance at the historic Charlie Chaplin Theater in Essanay Studios here in Chicago. The performance was part of the series in partnership with Uptown United and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. Alyssa’s debut EP Lady Bird was named a Best Release of 2015 on All About Jazz and it was hailed as “the most refined offering in the genre yet.” The Chicago Jazz Magazine highly recommends this debut recording and described it as “a wonderful exploration of the lost art of bebop vocalese.”
The Essanay Film Manufacturing Company was an American motion picture studio. It is best known today for its series of Charlie Chaplin comedies of 1915.