Katie Ernst, Juli Wood, Pamela York Trio



Doors open 6:30pm; Event begins 7pm
$55 Donation per Person
Light snacks and refreshments will be provided.
This event will be limited to 50 registrations.

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Katie Ernst ( bass and vocals), Juli Wood ( sax and vocals) and Pamela York ( piano and vocals) are getting together to bring a night of classic jazz tunes to Blue Sky Jazz ! They are going to pay tribute to the great Jazz women of song; Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Holidays and Carmen McRae.


Katie is described by the Chicago Tribune as “a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity.” She is co-leader of the adventurous Chicago-based jazz trio Twin Talk, folk-jazz duo Wayfaring, and has received widespread critical acclaim for her Dorothy Parker poetry song cycle Little Words, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

Recent performances and recognitions include receiving a 2022 composing residency at the Ragdale Foundation, performing in Mexico City, MX for a Chicago/CDMX Improvised Music Exchange in 2020; performances at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and Chicago Jazz Festival; performing with MacArthur Fellow pianist/composer Jason Moran at the Chicago Symphony Center and the Kennedy Center; representing the USA as bassist and vocalist for the 2018 EuroRadio Jazz Orchestra in Riga, Latvia; and being named a Luminarts Fellow in Jazz in 2013.

Katie is an active sidewoman in the jazz and improvised music communities of Chicago, regularly performing with Alvin Cobb Jr. Trio, Gustavo Cortiñas’ Kind Regards, and Ted Sirota’s Hungry Brain Fellowship Trio. She travels throughout the US as a guest artist/clinician for young musicians. She is a teaching artist for the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Masters Residency Program in Chicago Public Schools, and serves on faculty at Birch Creek Music Academy for the Jazz I summer program. She directed the Wheaton College Jazz Ensemble from 2013-2022.

Katie holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies & Contemporary Media and a Bachelor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY where she studied double bass with Jeff Campbell and James VanDemark.


Juli has established herself as a solid, swinging, lyrical and entertaining performer on Chicago’s music scene. Juli has played many jazz clubs and festivals nationally and internationally; Chicago Jazz Fest, Hyde Park Jazz Fest, Milwaukee’s Summerfest, Chicago’s main jazz clubs – Jazz Showcase, Green Mill, Andy’s and Katerina’s. Skansen Jazz and Blues (Stockholm , Sweden), Pori Jazz Fest (Finland), Bent J’s club (Aarhus, Denmark), Storyville (Helsinki Finland), Arlandia Jazz Fest (Aaland Islands, Finland) and the ” Made in Chicago ” jazz festival in Poznan Poland to name a few.

Juli is in the tradition of saxophonists who were also great vocalists; Cleanhead Vincent, Eddie Harris, and Louis Jordan. Never has that been more apparent than in “5 4 3 2 1 Juli Wood,” her latest recording and most ambitious project to date.

“One of the pleasures of attending the Chicago Jazz Festival over Labor Day weekend each year is being able to hear the bevy of local players who make up the windy city jazz scene. Last year’s treat was Juli Wood, a gutsy tenor and baritone saxophonist who also sings with the earthy gusto of an R&B diva filtered through a hard bop sensibility.
Bill Milkowski” – JAZZTIMES

Juli’s love for the saxophone goes way back. “I remember watching SOUL TRAIN as a kid on T.V. in the 70’s and seeing Maceo Parker playing alto sax with James Brown. I thought that was the coolest looking and sounding instrument in the world! So the love affair with the saxophone started in the sixth grade and has been going strong ever since.”

Juli also has played with a quartet for the ACE ( Arts in Community Education )program run by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra. Every year for the last twenty years , the Juli Wood Quartet has performed in elementary schools in the greater Milwaukee metropolitan area. The group plays songs that the children recognize, and also introduces the students to the rhythms , harmonies, and melodies of jazz music. She is also involved in the mentoring program affiliated with the Jazz Institute of Chicago called ” The Women’s Leadership Initiative ” The mentors teach workshops and host jam sessions for young women who are learning jazz improvisation skills.

Juli is now a faculty member teaching saxophone and jazz improv at the prestigious Music Institute of Chicago. She is also a teacher for the North Shore Music – Wilmette music store.


Canadian-born jazz pianist, composer, and vocalist, Pamela York audaciously invites her audience to enter her life for a moment in time—for she is also a daughter, sister, wife, mother, and friend.

To Pamela York, what matters most is connecting with people as she tells a story through her music, either through one of her three CDs—Blue York (2000), The Way of Time(2006), or Lay Down This World: Hymns and Spirituals (2012)—or in a live performance.

It all began with her grandmother’s piano. The powerful sound of an aging British upright piano may have been neglected in the basement, but it changed the life of a wide-eyed 8-year-old—especially after her parents surprised her with a piano of her own at their home in Nanaimo, British Columbia.

Classical piano training commenced. Several years later, she began to learn to play by ear during the Saturday jam sessions of a friend’s parents: country rock musicians who lived in Pamela’s neighborhood. During high school, her ear became enthralled with the sounds of jazz, especially Bill Evans and her fellow Canadians Oscar Peterson and Diana Krall.

By age 15, Pamela was playing local gigs, eventually earning an Associate Degree in Piano Performance from the prestigious Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. In 1990 she was awarded a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts that enabled her to study jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

While other jazz artists may boast similar accomplishments—a degree from the prestigious Berklee College of Music, becoming a finalist in the Mary Lou Williams Jazz Piano Competition in 2006 and 2007, or winning the Great American Jazz Piano Competition in Jacksonville, Florida, in 2007—few musicians can craft album statements as complete as Pamela York. She describes her style as “one foot in the tradition and one in the future.” As a Jazzreview.com interview declared, “While playing tunes made famous by some of the legendary masters, Pamela York makes her own statement without being a pretender.”