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During the early 1980's, Lanny formed a jazz quintet with his brother Dave, "The Grilly Brothers," which featured such local greats as bassist, Mike Arnopol (Patricia Barber), and vibist, Kathy Kelly. The "Grilly Brothers" talented ensemble was featured at the 1980 Chicago Jazz Festival, where they opened for Ahmad Jamal. After many years of leading their own bands, Dave & Lanny recently reunited to re-form "The Grilly Brothers" playing at the major jazz venues & jazz festivals such as; The legendary JAZZ SHOWCASE.

See  A Clip Of The Grilly Brothers Playing At the 2010 Chicago Jazz Festival

Dave is also a talented video producer, and Lanny and his partner, Jeff Kier own & operate Logan Square Recording Studio in Chicago, Illinois

Their new CD "Goin' Places" has been recognized by THE GRAMMY'S and is on the ballot for nomination in 2010!!  

Jeff Kier is currently a jazz pianist and composer for the Grilly Brothers, who perform

concerts. mainly in the in U.S.  Jeff has also led his own band for many years The Jeff Kier Quartet featuring Mike Hershenson.  The group has been featured in many local clubs over the years such as Oz, Orphans, and The Bulls.  In addition, Jeff is a music director for the Comedy Shrine Improv Troupe who perform regularly in the Chicago area.  Jeff  earned his B.A. degree as a Liberal Arts music major at the University of Illinois. Jeff is also the co-owner of  Logan Square Recording Studio. Jeff recently wrote

all the compositions for The Grilly Brothers new CD release, “Goin’ Places,” which

has earned a spot on the ballot for the 2010 Grammy Awards

 

Nick Drozdoff is our renaissance man in the group. He has made his mark as a stellar jazz & classical musician, recording artist, lecturer, clinician, author, and as an award-winning educator. His trumpet soloing also kicks butt!

Besides touring with the Maynard Ferguson Orchestra, Nick has played for such entertainment superstars as: Sammy Davis, Jr., Bill Cosby, Melissa Manchester, Rich Little ,John Denver ,The Spinners ,The Temptations , Gladys Knight and the Pips, Patti Page, Frankie Lane , Della Resse , Carole Lawrence, Robert Goulet, Steve Lawrence and Edie Gorme, Fred Rogers (Mr.Rogers), Bobby Vinton, Vic Damone, Frankie Avalon, Diahann Carroll, Cyd Charisse and Tony Martin, Rosemary Clooney, Helen O'Connell, Pat Boone,  Lawrence Welk All Stars (Myron Floren and Company), Dick Shawn, George Kirby, Jack Jones, Liberace, Julie Budd,Tex Beneke and these are just to name a few.

To learn more about  Nick's newest projects and his extraordinary career click here

Click on Brian Sandstrom's pic to view his extraordinary performance with the Frank Portolese Trio

Brian Sandstrom has been one of the most in-demand bass players in the Chicago area.

His versatility in Jazz, Blues, Folk, and Classical music is reflected in his being first call for such renowned

musicians, such as, Von Freeman, Hal Russell, Johnny Frigo, Ira Sullivan, Clifford Jordan, Junior Wells, Frank Portolese, Herbert Sumlin,

Ed Peterson, Ken Vandermark, Mars Williams, Rusty Jones, Shawn Colvin, Willie Pickens, RobertShy - the list goes on & on.

Brian toured with the NRG Ensemble, founded by Hal Russell, for many years both nationally & Europe. Brian also composed

music for the group, and many critcs felt that this band was on par with Ornette Coleman's ensembles.

Brian wrote the music and was featured in this inspired music video ("Pontiac") by the NRG Ensemble,

which mocked the MTV craze in the '80's.

Brian also has been featured on many recordings (over 35) for such labels as ECM, Delmark, Okadisc, Nessa, and Southport Sound.

Howard Reich, jazz critic for the Chicago Tribune, in reviewing a live performance of the Scott Holman trio, wrote:

"With a rhythm section featuring bassist Brian Sandstrom, its not difficult to understand why listeners have been turning out.

A first rate player, he swings effortlessly and has a 'penchant for unexpected chord changes...it's no wonder why

Brian is one of the busiest bass players in Chicago."

Scott Hirtenstein (Drums, Congas and Percussion) has been involved in every aspect

of the Chicago and national music scene for decades.

Having worked countless clubs, theatre and studio work are all a part of his resume.

He was privileged to have worked with Michael Smith in Hello Dali and the Snow Queen,

both Victory Garden Productions. He was the Noble Fool House Drummer for five years parlaying that

into a multi-year stint with the Weird Sisters.

Opening for Ray Charles is a memorable part of his musical history.

As a lyricist he disproves the theory that a drummer's last words before being fired are,

"Hey guys, I've got some lyrics." Here's to good times and good music with the Grilly Brothers!

 

 

Contact:

lanny@grillybrothers.com

Lanny Grilly -847-962-5999

2341 N. Milwaukee Ave.

Chicago, Illinois 60647

Chicago, Illinois 60614