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Ken Haebich

Ken Haebich

Adjunct Faculty; Strings (double bass), Jazz Combos and Jazz Improvisation
Department of Music

Ken Haebich is a Chicago-based double bassist who writes music, teaches music and plays acoustic and electric bass with his own band and many others.

Haebich leads the band Numbers. He assembled a group of crack players, writes tunes for them and then lets them loose. The band features Jim Gailloreto on saxes, Dave Onderdonk on guitar, Larry Beers on drums, Gordon James on keyboards and Haebich on bass.

The Ken and Jim show is an improvised musical experience. This doesn’t necessarily mean it’s just a bunch of noise. Both Ken and Jim know a thing or two about melody and harmony. They listen to each other and create spontaneous compositions as only creative and talented musicians can. Of course, it helps that they have a telepathic musical relationship. The Ken and Jim Show (for those who haven’t already guessed) is: Ken on bass and Jim Gailloreto on saxes. They both have assorted toys and electronics that might be incorporated into any given show. More often than not, Ken and Jim also invite guest musicians to join them on stage and be part of the creative process.

Haebich also plays regularly with The Joe Hurt Trio, a traditional jazz trio (piano, bass, drums) that’s known for funky arrangements of jazz and blues classics. The trio is: Joe Hurt on piano, Haebich on bass and Redd Holt (an original member of the Ramsey Lewis Trio) on drums.

As an instructor at Elmhurst University, Haebich teaches composition, jazz improvisation, double bass and directs the jazz combos.

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