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ReportGreg SperoGreg Spero

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  • Age: 34
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

"I just got done seeing Spero jam," raves Chris Devins, music connoisseur and executive producer of Hot Wax TV. "Spero was jammin'!" Spero was recently featured in the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, which Devins comments showcases the best young jazz musicians from Chicago.

"Spero is fresh and exciting," adds Chicago's most prominent female Latin artist Guia Rivera. "Even people, who don't like jazz, like Spero. He's that good."

What can we expect from a musician who has three generations of Spero coursing through his bloodline? It was his father and grandfather who raised him in the tradition of true musicianship. But what we don't expect: abnormality. He's fearless to break from the established rules of music theory, truly wild in improvisational technique. Spero constantly pushes the boundaries onstage and offstage with his eccentric, signature style of playing. When you hear him experiment with jazz fusion onstage, you wonder, is this guy high or something? Think Jimi Hendrix but on a keyboard. Spero's drug of choice: coffee. He's racked up so many points on his Starbucks card, he's one junkie who just can't live without java. Fans, be aware that a fresh batch of chocolate brownies will appease the budding jazz musician.

Another question: Can one truly equate jazz musician with being sexy? Today we can. Depending on his mood, Spero decides if he wants to rock a 'fro this fashion season. The ladies love him regardless. Spero, perhaps, draws upon the Freudian instinct to procreate. He's already begun to give birth to a revolution mating hiphop, rock, and metal with avant-garde jazz. The result is his current jazz fusion album "Live in 25" available at online stores.

His credo comes from studying Jazz Piano and Composition at the University of Illinois - Urbana - Champaign. A proud Fighting Illini, Spero graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Composition and Jazz Performance. He further studied jazz piano with world-renowned musicians include the likes of Chip Stephens, Joan Hickey, and Chip McNeal. His most recent recording on Frank Catalano's Mighty Burner album debuted at 11 on the Jazz Billboard Charts, and after 20 weeks on the Billboards became a best-selling jazz album for 2006. He has shared the stage with countless respected musicians, including Harrison Bankhead, and Leon Joyce (of the Ramsey Lewis Trio), Frank Russell, Dede Sampio, and Robert Lee Irving III (the latter three of the Miles Davis ensembles).

This past year Spero has built a name for himself as a solo artist. Each performance is a revelation in the sporadic experiment of jazz fusion. Those hip to the music happenings in Chicago flock to Spero's performances at the House of Blues Chicago, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Martyrs, Fitzgerald's among many venues. Greg Spero has toured nationally with his closest collaborators in his GMG Trio, whose most recent album was nominated as Best Jazz Album of the Year by the Chicago Music Awards.

Spero is an instrumental leader on the new scene. We're letting the world know Chicago still breeds the forerunners in jazz fusion.

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Comments (33)Comments (33)

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    Left by woodjean, on Feb 24, 2010 - 13:11
    Really like your music. 'Can't stop listening. Blue in Green is one of my favorites!
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    Left by Unregistered User, on Feb 21, 2010 - 7:52
    Greetings -- I got wound up doing FAWM (February Album Writing Month) and just now am getting around to check in with my favorites. Your work is excellent. I've been a jazz fan for decades (modern jazz, mostly, eg Cannonball, Miles, Herbie, Chick, on up to today). What I really admire about your work is how you capture that live sound so well. Hope to hear more from you!
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Feb 21, 2010 - 15:27
      Thanks Bruce!!! You rock bro. I hope you dig the new tunes I'm putting up! I got 15 tunes recorded from my shows a couple weekends ago, just working on mixing them now :)
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  • Left by CesarJulius, on Feb 20, 2010 - 23:44
    hey also greg!

    i saw rob glasper at the vanguard last night. he's sick. are you a fan?

    -also greg
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      Left by Pieps, on Feb 21, 2010 - 0:26
      you lucky bird :-)
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Feb 21, 2010 - 15:28
      Dude you have NO IDEA how jealous I am.

      ROBERT GLASPER IS THE SHIT!!! One of my favorites. I have to get to new york soon.
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        Left by Greg Spero, on Feb 21, 2010 - 15:29
        Actually now that I think about it, I think I have a gig at the Fat Cat on April 3rd!
      • Left by CesarJulius, on Feb 21, 2010 - 19:26
        i should be able to make it. would love to hear you live, man...
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    Left by Enigmattack, on Feb 18, 2010 - 18:00
    still a great pleasure in each piece of the big Jazz puzzle !!!!!! WOWW, hope quantique physic will find quick teleportation to come and see you live concert !!
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Feb 18, 2010 - 20:31
      haha thank you!!! Let me know when you figure out the teleportation thing :). Or maybe I'll just live broadcast a concert.
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    Guia Rivera is so right
    Left by TommiSt, on Feb 9, 2010 - 11:05
    Thanks for sharing the McCraven concert! Super cool! That guy is awesome too.
    Wish I could see you live...

    Live in 25 sounds very interesting. I saw that I can buy it from German Amazon too(its more expensive than in the US...46 Dollar)
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Feb 9, 2010 - 14:56
      Thanks! Yeah...live in 25 was my first attempt at an album, when I was 19 years old. I'm considering taking that down from itunes!! :)
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    Left by woodjean, on Feb 8, 2010 - 19:09
    Glad you and your music are here!
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    thx
    Left by Pieps, on Jan 29, 2010 - 9:44
    Thx Greg for spoiling me with your amazing music :-)
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Jan 29, 2010 - 13:13
      Thank you for spoiling me with your generous comments!! I love you guys.
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  • spreading the word
    Left by Davy Hamburgers, on Jan 29, 2010 - 8:28
    for anyone who does not know, that tagging is the big way to show a song love on this site, thats what moves em up the charts! If you love some Greg Spero, tag his songs "jazz" and whatever else you like in the little drop down player!
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Jan 29, 2010 - 13:12
      Thanks Davy!!! I'm so excited, "Yesterdays" hit #1 in the charts today!! Probably at least partially thanks to your help. You rock, my man.

      peace!!
      Greg
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    Left by CoffeeBuzz, on Jan 28, 2010 - 9:16
    Great to hear your tunes here. And really diggin' your crazy drummer.
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    Great to see you
    Left by SuperJay, on Jan 27, 2010 - 15:10
    Greg man, thank god you're still around. You're one of the few artists from T61 that I was really going to miss otherwise. It's great to see musicians of our generation coming up with strong influences from the masters like Herbie, Miles, and Trane.

    Hopefully I'll get to see you play live someday (I'm up in MI). In the meantime, keep layin it down, be true to yourself, and keep making music with the purest intention.
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      Left by Greg Spero, on Jan 27, 2010 - 21:01
      Thank you so much for your message - that's actually truly inspiring to me. I sometimes question whether I'll be able to make my passion for music into a viable long-term livelihood, and encouraging people like you keep me confident that I'll be able to make it work!! Thank you for staying in touch, and I hope you enjoy the music create :)

      Peace,
      Greg
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