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“Legends of the Empire Room” May 20th with Sam Fazio and Kimberly Gordon

Spend the evening of May 20th with vocalists Sam Fazio and Kimberly Gordon, along with a 6-piece band, to hear the music made famous by performers of the room like Bobby Darin, Pearl Bailey, Ella Fitzgerald and Nat King Cole. After the show, guests can stay for dancing in one of the last great rooms in the city.

Sam Fazio Kimberly Gordon

Sam and Kimberly are joined by some of the best Chicago-based musicians. Pianist Chris White serves as musical director for the show.

Sam and Kimberly play the Empire Room (17 East Monroe St) May, 20, 2017. Dinner and cocktail packages are available. Tickets and information are available at

This event is co-sponsored by Big Night Chicago and Chicago Jazz Magazine.

About Sam Fazio

Chicago-based vocalist Sam Fazio has been making a name for himself in the music scene over the past several years. Sam can be seen regularly at many theaters and clubs throughout the Chicagoland area, as well as performing arts centers, festivals and clubs throughout the country. Sam has held residencies at many well-known hotels including the LondonHouse, Chicago Hilton, and a 6-year run at the historic Drake Hotel. Sam has performed shows at many performing arts centers throughout the country, including the legendary Empire Room and Metropolis Performing Arts Center (Chicago), and Thelma Sadoff, Overture Center and Trueblood Performing Arts Centers (WI). Sam has also performed in many well-known venues around the US, such as Green Mill, Jazz Showcase, Andy's Jazz Club, City Winery and SPACE (Chicago), Cliff Bell’s (Detroit), and Feinstein's at the Loews Regency and 54 Below (New York City), as well as at many events and festivals throughout the year, including the Chicago Jazz Festival and Taste of Chicago.

Sam was named one of the "three great vocalists in Chicago" in a recent article, and has performed live on Windy City Live and WGN Midday News. Sam's three CDs have been reviewed by many media outlets including WGN Radio, Chicago Jazz Magazine, Illinois Entertainer,, Keys and Chords, and Jazz Review to name a few. Tracks from Sam's CDs can be heard on radio stations throughout the country and around the world. Sam’s sophomore CD was released on Blujazz records, and his newest holiday CD was named one of the best holiday jazz albums by jazz critic Howard Reich.

About Kimberly Gordon

Fourth generation Chicagoan and critically lauded vocalist Kimberly Gordon is sought after by the elite jazz listener. A product of the Chicago Public Schools music programs and All-City Chorus Alumna, Kimberly always carries her love of Chicago with her wherever her concert schedule takes her.

With a deep understanding of the American Songbook it has led her on a path that celebrates composers, lyricists, and jazz masters alike. Kimberly's sound reflects the old school style of delivering standards, deeply rooted in the ways of the masters, always true to the melody as written; this separates her from the rest. A devoted torch carrier of the "Big Band Era" she is a master at the style, sound, fashion, and stage presence from that golden age of entertainment. With fifteen years of weekly performances at the historic Green Mill Jazz Club in Chicago along with Kurt Elling, and more recently leading the Kimberly Gordon Big Band, Kimberly can transport you back in time and leave you wanting more.

About The Palmer House, a Hilton Hotel

The legendary AAA four-­‐diamond rated hotel has been hosting visitors to the Chicago Loop for more than 140 years. In 1933, the Golden Empire Dining Room of Palmer House was converted into an entertainment epicenter. It hosted legendary entertainers, including Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Harry Belafonte, Louis Armstrong, and Liberace. Today, the Palmer House Hilton continues to thrive in the heart of the theatre and financial district, just steps from the Art Institute, Millennium Park and State Street shopping. A short walk away is Grant Park where summer festivals take place. Family attractions like the Chicago Children’s Museum and Navy Pier are just a quick cab ride away. The hotel features 130,000 sq. ft. of function space with more than 77 meeting rooms, seven ballrooms and two exhibition halls.


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