West Suburban Chapter Meetings are held each month at Trinity Episcopal Church in Wheaton, Illinois. Trinity Episcopal Church is located on the corner of West and Wesley Streets in downtown Wheaton. The monthly business meeting is held at 9:30 a.m. with refreshments provided. Each month’s presentation begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
9:30 am: Business Meeting.
10:00 am: Program
Confronting the often difficult transfer of fundamentals in pianism to the jazz idiom
Frank Caruso teaches jazz studies at Elmhurst and North Central College in Naperville. Caruso has played piano professionally since he was 12. He studied at DePaul University and served in the U.S. Navy Band in Washington D.C. While still in the service, he was a featured performer at the White House Birthday Party for Duke Ellington, and has played for President Nixon, President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Senator John McCain.
He has performed for thousands of private and public events and appeared with famous artists. Caruso performed with Luciano Pavarotti in concert at the United Center and has appeared with legends such as Henry Mancini, Louie Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Billy Joel, Maynard Ferguson, Dave Douglas and the Count Basie Orchestra. He also has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra at Ravinia for jazz and pops concerts.
In addition to his artistry on keyboard instruments, Frank Caruso has served as music contractor and/or conductor for many recordings and live shows. Caruso composed music for many radio and TV commercials and also composed music for his solo album, Freefall.
Caruso recorded with Randy Brecker for River North Records. His other jazz quintet albums include: Mango Tango and Heart of the City—both in collaboration with saxophonist Mark Colby (a Conn-Selmer clinician) and Songs From The Kingdom Of Jazz with saxophonist Jim Massoth. His recent book Piano Improvisation: A Powerful, Practical System explains his system for improvisation.
The meeting will be followed by lunch at a local restaurant.