SAYAT NOVA presents Jazz Vocalist Erin McDougald

Jazz Vocalist, Bandleader & Composer Erin McDougald leads her group of seasoned and talented instrumentalists every Tuesday night from 6pm until 9:30pm at Sayat Nova Restaurant in downtown Chicago, steps off of the famous Magnificent Mile shopping and dining stretch on Michigan Avenue. Sayat Nova, owned and operated by Roupen Demirdjian has been in existence over 40 years and is unquestionably Chicago’s best Armenian faire. The atmosphere is cozy and candlelit; perfect for a date and appropriate for business travelers or local families alike. Tuesdays are very popular with locals and jazz lovers as McDougald and her band fill the evening with artistic and captivating arrangements of standards, bebop and some of Erin’s own songs sprinkled in. There is no cover charge and all ages are welcome for dinner and dessert during the hours of music. The bar seats about 12 people (and is 21 and older only); it’s usually standing room only by 7pm every Tuesday so arriving as close to 6pm as possible ensures one a good seat in plain view of the group which perches at the front of the house, under red and pink spotlights with a reddish-brown curtain as the backdrop. City-pedestrians peek through the uncloaked windows as the music reverberates through to the sidewalk once things get cooking. Ms. McDougald is credited with cultivating the jazz night at Sayat Nova and has been the resident jazz artist for the venue for almost a year and a half as of December 2015. Sayat Nova Armenian Restaurant is located at 157 East Ohio Street, Chicago, IL 60611 (312) 644-9159

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Music: Skylark (written by Johnny Mercer & Hoagy Carmichael)
Musicians: Rob Block, Devon Foster, Markus Evans, Jerome Crosswell and Erin McDougald, engineered by Nick Eipers, Columbia College 2014

Live music excerpts: Greensleeves, What A Little Moonlight Can Do, Angel Eyes
Musicians: Don Stille, Jim Cox, Keith Brooks & Erin McDougald

Paintings and Painter filmed is: Lewis Achenbach

Still photos of patrons of Sayat Nova & fans of Erin McDougald were taken by various fans’ phones and venue owner Roupen Demirdjian

*still photos of substitute band members from another date taken by Jose Calvo, summer 2015 (those musicians are Joel Baer, Aaron Zachary and Don Stille with Erin McDougald)

Video footage by Jon Olen


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