The SHUFFLED QUARTET
Marcello Benetti: Drums
Helen Gillet: Cello
Jeff Albert: Trombone
Rex Gregory: Saxaphone, Clarinet, Flute
Marcello Benetti’s SHUFFLED QUARTET came together in New Orleans in 2011 and has recently released their second album “From East To West”. This combination of musicians creates a sound that is truly unique. The compositions are both original and intense and their collective improvisation sounds like one voice. All four musicians bring solid Jazz credentials to the Shuffled Quartet, as well as wide experience in many other styles of music. This special Filament Theatre performance will be the quartet’s first appearance in Chicago.
“Great Instrumental combination, this music goes from old New Orleans sounds to the avant-garde flying over Africa.” Jazzit Magazine
Since 2008, MARCELLO BENETTI has been drumming and traveling between his native Venice, Italy and his new home, New Orleans to perform with a wide range of musicians. In 2011 he became a permanent resident of the New Orleans and formed the Shuffled Quartet. Marcello plays Jazz, Funk, Blues and Klezmer and has performed or recorded with Rick Trolsen’s Neslort, Matt Perine, James Singleton, Jonathan Freilich, Rob Wagner and Panorama Jazz Band. www.MarcelloBenetti.com
HELEN GILLET returns to the Filament Theatre’s stage after having been voted Best Female Performer at New Orleans’ 2014 Big Easy Awards. Helen brings a unique passion and approach to the cello, whether she is playing improvised Jazz, French chansons, rocking a Lou Reed song solo or performing with the New Orleans Bingo Show. www.HelenGillet.com
Trombonist, JEFF ALBERT is Assistant Professor of Music Industry Technology at Loyola University New Orleans and has performed and recorded with Hamid Drake, Kidd Jordan, George Porter Jr, Wardell Querzergue, Bonnie Raitt & Stevie Wonder.
Jeff is the founder and chief instigator of New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series.
REX GREGORY is a saxophonist and composer, who plays all forms of saxophones, clarinets and flutes. Rex has played with the premier music Jazz luminaries in New Orleans since arriving in the city in 2002. He can frequently be heard with Jason Marsalis, Irvin Mayfield’s New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, David Torkanowsky, Shannon Powell, James Singleton, Next Generation & many others. www.RexGregory.com