Available Programs

The Planet Flippo Ensemble offers four very different programs mixing originals and striking arrangements of contemporary classics.   Quartet,  Trio or Duo.
                                       
TRIO:        photo: David Girson

"Flipped Out"

high energy fest program

"Tao Tunes and More"

Tao tunes and other like minded tunes

"Songs of the Flippo"

mostly Flippo originals 

"Jazz for the Generations"

jazzified conermporary covers and more

"Jazz For the Generations"  

Both recognizable yet refreshingly new to listeners of all ages,  Dave Flippo's arrangements and vocals transform familiar tunes from the 60's to the present in fresh, creative and often surprising ways

and still give listeners some familiar jazz standards.

Their 5th CD - Life on Mars - won the 2018 National Jazz Connects Award for their recording of If Six Was Nine by Jimi Hendrix. 

 

Repertoire includes Stevie Wonder, Gershwin, Sting, Brubeck, Hendrix, Bowie, Lenon/McCartney, Flippo, Joni Mitchell, Sting,  Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Bruno Mars  and many others.

The Trio: Life On Mars -  Bowie, arr. Flippo

Quartet:

Rehab 
Winehouse
Rehab 
Winehouse
Spiderman 
Webster
Freewheelin' 
Flippo

Trio:

Fool on the Hill
Lenon / McCartney
Life on Mars
David Bowie
If 6 Was 9
Jimi Henddrix
Chelsea Morning
Joni Mitchell

Duo:

Bye Bye Blackbird
Ray Henderson
The Jets Song
Leonard Bernstein
Kuzushi 
Flippo
Here, There & Everywhere
The Beatles
Too High
Wonder
Superstition - Stevie Wonder
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QUARTET
Third Eye Open-by Dave Flippo     
Video by Anh Quynh Pham

"Songs of the Flippo"
A program that focuses on the original jazz compositions of veteran Chicago Jazz Composer Dr. Dave Flippo. 

Flippo's music journeys through a variety of styles, moods and grooves, offering new musical surpises at every turn.  Higher energy pieces like Paradox, Freewheelin' and Antelopin' swing hard or explore various Latin grooves, while more introspective pieces like  Useful, Within, Third Eye Open move between ballad and mellow funk. The program always mixes in a few contemporary covers, many from their recent, fifth CD, Life on Mars.  

Freewheelin'
- Flippo
Paradox
- Flippo
(VOCALS)
Superstition 
Stevie Wonder
Third Eye Open
- Flippo
Useful
- Flippo
Spring Joy
- Flippo
Within
- Flippo
Fool on the Hill
Lenon / McCartney
Cool Ali
- Flippo
Distractions
- Flippo
Sweet Imp 
- Flippo
QUARTET
QUARTET
QUARTET

"Tao Tunes and More"
A fun way to introduce minds, both young and old, to ancient wisdom of how the world and people behave. The program picks from eighteen vocal settings of the ancient Tao Te Ching by Lao Tsu and mixes in other thoughtful tunes.

Dave Flippo lovingly 'lyricized' these texts and set them in a wide variety of styles:     swing, bossa, ambient, rock, tango bossa, (contrapuntal) Indian and others.
From their  2011 release "Tao Tunes"

Useful
- Flippo
Paradox
- Flippo
Within
- Flippo
Returning
- Flippo
Stop!
- Flippo
Distractions
- Flippo
Trouble
- Flippo
Water
- Flippo
Dave Flippo

" Flipped out!"
Writing, performing and recording for 25 years has yeilded five CD's and enough high energy, intense groove pieces to easily fill a set for any street or concert festival. A mix of new and old originals, several with a jazz fusion flavor, plus a mix of contemporary covers by Hendrix, Radio Head, Dylan and Winehouse. A quartet give you the biggest sound.  Vocals

are always an option. 

Tangled Up In Blue-Dylan-at Fitzgeralds
Cool Ali
- Flippo
Superstition 
Stevie Wonder
Too High
Wonder
Gyromaniations
- Flippo
Karma Police
Radio Head
If 6 Was 9
Jimi Henddrix
Syrtotic
Flippo
VOCALS:
Paradox
- Flippo
Rehab 
Winehouse
Spring Joy
- Flippo
Spiderman 
Webster
Norwegian Wood
- The Beatles
Freewheelin'
- Flippo
Third Eye Open
- Flippo
Distractions
- Flippo

Planet Flippo Duo

instrumental /  vocals

The ensemble has performed as a duo, trio, quartet and quintet at these venues . . .

CLUBS

Hot House, Jerry's Wicker Park, Heartland Cafe, Joe's Be Bop Cafe, Eddy V's Prime Seafood-Chicago, Underground Wonderbar,

Pete Miller's, Morseland,
Philanders, Beat Kitchen, Bop Shop, Jazz Bulls Club

JAZZ FESTIVALS
Taste of Chicago
South Shore Jazzfest
Chicago Symphony East Meets West Festival
Independent Label Festival
Around the Coyote Art Festival
Southport Records Jazz Festivals
Navy Pier World Jazz Festival

 

STREET FAIRS
Evanston Art Fair, Lincoln Park Cultural Center Art Fair, Ravenswood Manor Street Festival, Oak Park Summer Series, Buffalo Grove Concerts on the Rotary Green, Libertyville Out to Lunch Summer Series

SPECIAL PUBLIC PERFORMANCES
Jazzin' at the Shedd,
After Hours at the Field Museum
Brookfield Zoo Summer Concert Series
Chicago Cultural Center Concert Series

COLLEGES
Northwestern University
Lunch on the Lake Series
U.I.C Jazz Artists Series
College of Lake County Concert Series
DePaul Multicultural Festival
U of C Jazz Festival
Oakton Community College Jazz at Lunch

LIBRARIES
Algonquin, Barrington, Bloomingdale, Forest Park, Fremont, Gail Bordon, Grayslake, Homewood, Morton Grove, Naperville, Newberry, Orland Park,Park Ridge, Riverside, Prospect Heights,, Skokie,  Wauconda, Wilmette,  Woodridge