Special Projects

Music Series 2014
February 26, 2014 - December 10, 2014
Music Series 2014 Music Series 2014
The 442's performing on February 26, 21014. Alarm Will Sound performing on May 28, 2014.Brian Owens and friends performing on July 23, 2014.Bryan and Lola performing on November 19, 2014. Photo © Austin FullerCommunity Music School performing on August 27, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.Henhouse Prowlers performing on September 24, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.Mahogany Jones performing on October 22, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performing on December 10, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.A Musical Celebration Of Gregor And Jacqueline Piatigorsky on June 25, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

The 442's performing on February 26, 21014. 

Alarm Will Sound performing on May 28, 2014.

Brian Owens and friends performing on July 23, 2014.

Bryan and Lola performing on November 19, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller

Community Music School performing on August 27, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

Henhouse Prowlers performing on September 24, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

Mahogany Jones performing on October 22, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performing on December 10, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

A Musical Celebration Of Gregor And Jacqueline Piatigorsky on June 25, 2014. Photo © Austin Fuller.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is pleased to host a special series of musical performances in collaboration with some of Saint Louis’ most celebrated music establishments.

Since its opening, WCHOF has been a destination for lovers of the visual arts and history; now, over several months, it will serve as a spectacular venue for some of the city’s most talented musicians.

The 442’s 

February 26, 2014

The 442's.The 442's.

What happens when you combine two outstanding members of the world-class St. Louis Symphony with two of the city’s finest jazz musicians from the Erin Bode Group? You get The 442’s, an exciting new acoustic instrumental quartet named for the modern standard tuning of 442 Hz! Brought together by the innovative and inspired compositions of Adam Maness, who also plays guitar, accordion, melodica and glockenspiel in the group, The 442’s features Shawn Weil on violin, Bjorn Ranheim on cello and Sydney Rodway on bass. This unique collaboration, formed in the spring of 2012 by a tight-knit group whose love of good food and fine beer makes rehearsals feel like dinner parties, combines outstanding musicianship, group singing, inventive improvisation, whistle solos and special guest appearances by famed jazz vocalist, Erin Bode. Exploring the boundaries of jazz, classical, folk and rock music, their music can move you to the edge of your seat or comfort you like a lullaby, all within the same set.

Originally inspired by the Grammy Award Winning album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions—a collaborative album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Chris Thile—The 442’s were born of a common musical inquisitiveness and a search for new and exciting musical possibilities. Their search already has taken them to venues as varied as Powell Symphony Hall, Cyrano’s Cafe, and the Tavern of Fine Arts. Coming months will find them gaining even more visibility at other venues throughout the St. Louis area. (Source:the442s.com)

Phil Dunlap Quintet

March 26, 2014

Phil Dunlap (piano)  A native of Iowa, Phillip Dunlap currently resides in St. Louis, MO where he is active as a musician and educator. He holds Bachelor of Music degrees in jazz performance (piano) and music theory/composition and a Masters of Music in jazz performance from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. While there he studied with renowned pianist and educator, Reginald Thomas.

As a musican, Dunlap performs throughout the United States and abroad with his own group, the Phil Dunlap Quintet, and as a sideman having performed with musicians such as Jimmy Cobb, Terell Stafford, John Pizzarelli, Houston Person and many more. Recent performances include Jazz at the Bistro, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and Powell Symphony Hall.

When not performing, Dunlap is the Director of Education for Jazz St. Louis, a not-for profit organization dedicated to the thriving of jazz in America. Dunlap also manages the extensive portfolio of education programs, which are available to all schools, students and teachers in the greater St. Louis area. Phil is also a faculty member of American Voices. In 2009, Dunlap traveled to Afghanistan where he was artist in residence at Kabul University’s School of Music and at the National Institute for Music. Dunlap teaches courses in jazz history as well as music business at the University of Missouri - St. Louis and Webster University. In 2011, Dunlap was named “30 Under 30” by the St. Louis Business Journal.

Jeff Campbell (bass) Jeff Campbell has carved out an impressive career as a bass player, fluent in both the jazz and classical idioms. Campbell maintains an active schedule performing with Marian McPartland, Gene Bertoncini, Rich Perry, and many more. Campbell has performed at prestigious European musical events as the Nice, Montreux, North Sea, Riga, and Parnu Jazz Festivals.

Campbell also acts as a jazz educator with a keen interest in bass playing of the past, present, and future. As a full-time professor at Eastman since 1997, Campbell’s teaching duties include jazz bass, jazz history, jazz theory and aural skills.

Campbell’s music education began at an early age under the influence of his professional-musician parents. As a young musician, Jeff received much of his musical training working with local professional musicians in a myriad of musical styles and venues. Campbell holds degrees in double bass performance and music educationfrom Brigham Young University and the Eastman School of Music.

Marty Morrison (drums) Marty Morrison was exposed to music at an early age by his father jazz organist and pianist Billy Morrison and has been playing the drums since he was five years old. In 1993, Morrison joined the Unified Jazz Ensemble working as an artist in residence for the National Endowment for the Arts Rural Arts Initiative program. In 1997, Morrison relocated to the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area where he continued to perform and teach with the Unified Jazz Ensemble for the next ten years. The east coast music scene offered Morrison the opportunity to perform and freelance not only around the east coast but also around the globe. Morrison has performed with Wynton Marsalis, Marcus Roberts, Phil Woods, Gary Thomas, Rick Margitza, John Faddis and many more. Morrison has toured Japan, England, Germany, Belgium, Korea, Azerbaijan, Canada, and Mexico.

In 2007, Morrison returned to St. Louis area and earned his Masters of  Music Degree at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Currently, Morrison is a professor of jazz studies at Missouri State University.

Clay Jenkins (trumpet) Clay Jenkins’ career as a jazz artist has covered a wide range of musical experiences. Jenkins earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Theory from the University of North Texas and studied trumpet with John Haynie. Upon completion of his degree, Jenkins went out on the road, playing the jazz trumpet chair with the Stan Kenton Orchestra. He recorded three live albums with the Kenton Band, Artistry in Symphonic Jazz, A Time for Love, and The Lost Concerts, Volumes I and II.

Jenkins moved to Los Angeles in 1978, where he continued playing in live performaces and in studio recording sessions.Jenkins also studied with the renowned trumpet teacher, James Stamp for the next two years. From Los Angeles, he toured with the big bands of Harry James, Buddy Rich, and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Jenkins earned his Master’s Degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Southern California in 1993, studying trumpet with Boyde Hood. Jenkins began teaching at several schools, including The Foundation for the Junior Blind, The University of Southern California, California State University at Northridge, ad the California Institute of the Arts. Jenkins has also served as the Chairman of the Music Theory Department at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 1988 through the summer of 2000, and co-authored the theory textbook being used there and in other schools.

Currently, Jenkins is an Associate Professor of Jazz Trumpet at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY. He has performed and presented clinics all over the United States, Canada, Japan, Italy, Korea, Germany, Portugal, Russia, and South Africa. Jenkins is a charter member of the trumpet section of the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra.

Jason Swagler (alto saxophone) Jason Swagler is an Instructor of Music of Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. A member of the faculty since 2000, his teaching duties have included jazz saxophone, concert jazz band, lab band, combo, jazz history, music history, and music theory. Swagler maintains as active performing career, playing between 100-150 dates a year under his own name and as a freelancer.

Swagler is the founding member of the soul jazz group. CommonWealth. Locally he has performed  in nearly every major venue in the St. Louis area, including Jazz at the Bistro, UMB Bank Pavillion, the Fox Theatre, the Pageant, and many more. Swagler has toured extensively throughout Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey, and the United States. Swagler has also taught for Washington University, Southwestern Illinois College, and Greenville College. Swagler is a product of the SIUE’s Music Program, earning Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Jazz Performance, and Master of Jazz Performance degrees from the university.

Edo Sadikovic and Bosona Band 

April 23, 2014

Edin Edo Sadikovic (accordion/singer)

Azmir Zukanovic (piano/keyboard/accordion/bass)

Alen Colic (solo guitar/singer)

Enes Bosnic (guitar)


Alarm Will Sound

May 28, 2014

Alarm Will SoundAlarm Will Sound.

Join the World Chess Hall of Fame for an evening of music with members of Alarm Will Sound—an ensemble committed to innovative performances and recordings of today’s music—whose performances have been described as “equal parts exuberance, nonchalance, and virtuosity” (London Financial Times) and as “one of the most vital and original ensembles on the American music scene” (New York Times). Members of Alarm Will Sound will present the music of John Cage in conjunction with the WCHOF’s exhibition Cage & Kaino: Pieces and Performances.


A Musical Celebration Of Gregor And Jacqueline Piatigorsky 

June 25, 2014

piat-featurePhoto © Austin Fuller.

Join the WCHOF for an evening celebrating the music of world-renowned cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, which will be held in conjunction with our exhibition Jacqueline Piatigorsky: Patron, Player, Pioneer

Jacqueline married Gregor in 1937, and her husband would prove to be a key supporter of her chess career, encouraging her both as a player and a tournament organizer. The program will present pieces associated with Gregor’s illustrious musical career including works by Gabriel Faure, Ludwig van Beethoven, Jacqueline Piatigorsky and Gian Carlo Menotti. Cellists Evan Drachman and Fernando Venturin, along with pianist Peter Henderson, will perform works to celebrate the life of renowned chess player Jacqueline Piatigorsky, Drachman’s grandmother.

Brian Owens and Friends

July 23, 2014

Brian Owen and Friends.Brian Owen and Friends.

Join the World Chess Hall of Fame for an evening of classic soul with Brian Owens.

Gary Moran of Soul Tracks recently said: “Brian Owens has been called the next great voice of American soul and, although he’s quick to point out he’s simply upholding the traditions of other great soul singers from years gone by, Owens clearly relishes the honors bestowed on him, assuming his mantle with utmost seriousness.”

Joining Owens are Nathan Pence on bass, Rob Woodie on drums, and Shaun Robinson on guitar.


Community Music School at Webster University–Strings Serenade: Lush Chamber Music

August 27, 2014

Community Music School at Webster University–Strings Serenade: Lush Chamber MusicCommunity Music School. Photo © Austin Fuller.

For 15 years the Preparatory Program of the Community Music School of Webster University has trained the region’s most gifted teenaged musicians. Prep students are now graduates of America’s most prestigious colleges and conservatories. Alums are playing in professional orchestras and chamber ensembles, teaching at universities and schools, engaging in cultural diplomacy, giving Ted talks, and are Fullbright Scholars. The World Chess Hall of Fame presents an evening of chamber music and solos by present PREP students and alums. Featured will be Tchaikovsky’s sonically lush sextet, the  Souvenir de Florence, and everything from Baroque trio sonatas to the rock inspired Fast Blue Village 2 of Elena Khats-Chernin.  

Henhouse Prowlers

September 24, 2014

Henhouse Prowlers. Photo © Austin Fuller.Henhouse Prowlers. Photo © Austin Fuller.

Ten years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.

Their most recent album “Breaking Ground” grew out of collaboration and time well spent, having completed it within months of multiple cross-country US tours and the band’s third trip to Europe. Produced by Greg Cahill (Grammy nominated band-leader of Special Consensus), with special guests Josh Williams (of Rhonda Vincent and the Rage) and Anders Beck (of Greensky Bluegrass), this recording packs punch after punch.

The band recently performed with the US State Department on two separate trips in five different countries in Central and West Africa,  as well as heading back to Europe in the spring of 2014 for their largest tour abroad to date. The Prowlers continue to push the envelope with their highly original songwriting, tight arrangements, and electrifying stage presence. With the bluegrass mantle on their shoulders and the best fans in the world by their side, The Henhouse Prowlers are here to stay for a long, long time.

Ben Wright is a founding member and banjo player of the Prowlers. At 23 he bought a banjo on a whim in 1999 at the legendary Old Town School of Folk Music. Within weeks he fell under its spell and spent several years making up for not discovering it sooner. Ben played in several bands before forming the Prowlers including the popular Chicago Americana outfit, Outlaw Family Band. Ben plays a 2013 Deering Terry Baucom model banjo, uses GHS PF155 Custom Light banjo strings, and has a Hoffee Carbon Fiber Case.

Dan Andree hails from Sycamore, IL (just west of Chicago). Dan’s musical education began with nine years of Suzuki method classical violin lessons with the head of the Northern Illinois University string program, Ann Montzka-Smelser. After enrolling at the University of Illinois (where he earned a degree in Ethnomusicology), he joined with the Corn Desert Ramblers bluegrass group in Urbana, IL (in 2006). This was the start of a wonderful adventure of performance music including live shows with them and other groups in town for over five years. Dan was excited beyond expression to join the Henhouse Prowlers in 2012 and has embraced with open arms the start of another great bluegrass adventure!

Jon Goldfine is a founding member of the Henhouse Prowlers. Jon has been supplying the bottom end and sharing vocal duties in the band since its formation in 2004. Born in Chicago to a trombone playing father and an opera singing mother, Jon first learned the stand up bass in his Jr. High School orchestra. Since reviving his bass chops in 2000, he has performed in jazz, rock, and funk ensembles including MWC, and folk and bluegrass ensembles such as The Back Porch Ramblers. Jon is also adept on the electric bass, tuba and harmonica. He has guested on several recordings including Brian Walker’sLookin’ For Light.

Starr Moss is 26 years old and grew up in Milwaukee, WI. He originally played mostly electric guitar but switched to acoustic after discovering celtic and bluegrass music in high school. Before joining the Henhouse Prowlers, Starr played in several local bands in Milwaukee including O’Shytte’s (Celtic rock) and String ‘Em Up (bluegrass). Starr is influenced primarily by the bluegrass genre, but also celtic and old-time styles. He has had the opportunity to learn from great musicians from music festivals across the country and he recently relocated back to Chicago after spending time abroad and on the West Coast working in Latino Advocacy. Starr plays a Collings acoustic guitar and is excited to be playing with the Prowlers.


Mahogany Jones

October 22, 2014

Mahogany Jones. Photo © Austin Fuller.

Join the World Chess Hall of Fame (WCHOF) for an evening of inspirational and uplifting hip hop by Mahogany Jones and surprise guests. Jones joins us all the way from Detroit to showcase her spoken-word poetry, freestyle skills and singer/songwriter talents. Her travels throughout the U.S. as both a spoken-word artist and emcee have allowed Jones to grace the stage with such artists as The Roots, Dead Prez, India Arie and many others. Please join us in witnessing this trailblazing lyrical force.

Mahogany Jones is a lyrical force, hailed internationally for her work, as a recording and performance artist, arts advocate, community activist and educator.

Named the only four time undefeated Champion of BET’s 106 & Park “Freestyle Fridays” in 2001, Jones set about establishing herself as an emcee with a cause appearing on over 30 albums and gracing stages with such greats as Gil Scot Heron, Talib Kweli, KEM, Rah Digga, India.Arie, The Roots, Jessica Care Moore and many others.

2012 marked the transition of Jones into an international artist when she selected by the U.S. State Department to serve as an official Hip Hop Ambassador to 5 nations in Africa. She has since served in Iraq, Kurdistan, Sudan, Brazil, and Haiti.

The native New Yorker is also a writer-in-residence for Detroit’s largest literary arts education nonprofit, InsideOut and is a facilitator of hip hop-based prevention programming with the non-profit, The Yuinon.

In addition to teaching, mentoring and recording, Jones serves as weekly host and organizer of 5e Gallery’s The Foundation open-mic. Her latest album, PURE, is due out February 4, 2014 and is dedicated to the healing and empowerment of women. 


Bryan and Lola

November 19, 2014

Bryan and Lola. Photo © Austin Fuller.Bryan and Lola. Photo © Austin Fuller.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is excited to welcome Bryan & Lola, a dynamic duo whose sounds seamlessly take their audience on a ride through the realms of folk, rock and jazz. Singer-songwriter Lola Hennicke has been performing since she was only 10 years old, and recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Jazz Performance and Composition from Webster University. Bryan Toben is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who works with a number of Saint Louis ensembles. 

Bryan & Lola are quickly becoming a staple in the Saint Louis music scene. Check out their music here!


Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis

December 10, 2014

otstl-featureOpera Theatre of Saint Louis. Photo © Austin Fuller.

The World Chess Hall of Fame is pleased to welcome two members of the Gerdine Young Artist Program from Opera Theatre of Saint Louis for a very special holiday concert. 

Opera Theatre of Saint Louis’ (OTSL) reputation for adventurous production and outstanding artists consistently draws national and international acclaim. Through the company’sGerdine Young Artist Program, now in its 25th year, OTSL identifies the best and brightest young talent from across the country through a highly competitive six city audition process. The upcoming concert will feature two vocalists who make their debut in the program during OTSL’s upcoming 40th Anniversary Season: Joshua Wheeker and Lilia Heinrich Szász. They will perform popular pieces from opera and musical theatre, as well as select holiday music, accompanied by pianist Brett Klaus.