Siegel has spent much of the past quarter century arguing that they can, his ever-expanding roster of compositions and Chamber Blues' healthy touring schedule suggesting he's finding success in making his case.
Even if he weren't, however, chances are he'd be penning and playing these blues-meets-classical compositions anyway.
"I feel like I just have more work to do," he says, sounding like a musician who will not be deterred.
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Blujazz Showcase: The independent Chicago recording company Blujazz presents its annual residency at the Jazz Showcase, featuring an array of the label's artists Friday through Sunday. Diane Delin's Octagon, which had been scheduled to perform at 4 p.m. Sunday, will be replaced by Paul Zauner's Blue Brass with vocalist Mansur Scott. Shows featuring Blujazz musicians are at 8 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 4 and 8 p.m. Sunday; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; prices vary; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com
Marshall Vente and Joanie Pallatto: Vente, an accomplished pianist and arranger, and Pallatto, a longtime Chicago singer, rekindle the partnership they documented on the album "Two." 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Katerina's, 1920 W. Irving Park Rd.; $5; 773-348-7592 or katerinas.com
Trio M: Three leading figures in contemporary jazz – pianist Myra Melford, bassist Mark Dresser and drummer Matt Wilson – converge in Trio M. 8 p.m. Saturday at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or greenmilljazz.com
Andy's Jazz Jam Session: The masters invite the up-and-comers onstage in sessions led by trumpeter Pharez Whitted and others of comparable stature. 7, 8:30 and 10 p.m. Sunday at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10; free for performing musicians; 312-642-6805 or andysjazzclub.com
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Corky Siegel and Chamber Blues
When: 8 p.m. Friday
Where: City Winery Chicago, 1200 W. Randolph St.
Tickets: $35-$45; 312-733-9463 or citywinery.com