Jazz Group Makes Chopin Proud

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Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet plays at the SC4 Theater
Lauren Schwartz
Staff Writer

Light, camera, Chopin! On Thursday, Jan 21, roughly 100 people flocked to the SC4 Theater, which was host to the Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet. The quartet includes Rich Kowalewski, the band’s leader as well the double bass player, Kurt Schreitmueller, the pianist, Joe Ivers, the saxophonist, and Rob Emanuel, the drummer. The group put a modern, jazzy twist to the works of Frederic Chopin.
They start off every song by playing the original piece of the Chopin song they are performing so the audience knows how the song is supposed to sound before they play how they have altered it. In an interview, they described their sound as “An amalgam of jazz, Brazilian music, and classical music.” They not only play Chopin. On the program Thursday, they also featured variations on Bach and Herbie Handcock pieces.
The quartet originally came together around 2010, around the 200th anniversary of the birth of Chopin, but they have each been performing before that. Kowalewski founded the Basschool in 1994, and has even preformed with Wynton Marsalis, another prominent name in the Jazz community, as well as his own Brazilian group: Brazil and Beyond.
Schreitmueller is an in-demand piano player in the Detroit music scene, and has performed in several jingles in, and not limited to, commercials for some Detroit Auto Show campaigns and St. John Hospital.
Ivers plays a wide range of saxophones and can be frequently seen playing at the world famous Baker’s Keyboard Lounge with LL7, Detroit’s foremost Latin jazz ensemble. Emanuel has played with a variety of musicians and has released two Jazz CDs of his own: Mystery Manual and Art Carnage.
Looking for a fun night out? The Swingin’ Chopin Jazz Quartet will be playing at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge on April 8, and their CDs can be purchased on CDbaby.com. Learn more by going to reverbnation.com/swinginchopin.

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