P.O.R.K. (Phil Ogilvie’s Rhythm Kings) | Chris Smith, Leader
There is a $10 entertainment charge at the door which covers the cost of these fine bands.
P.O.R.K. has long been acknowledged as one of the finest of its kind anywhere, having performed just about every Sunday at a succession of locations in Ann Arbor, currently in residence at the Zal Gaz Grotto Club.
They have also played the Ann Arbor Art Fair, the Grosse Pointe Unitarian Church Jazz Concert Series, the Genesee County Crossroads Village program, the Warren Jazz Festival, Ann Arbor Summer Festival’s Top of the Park, the Southfield Center for the Arts, and the International Association of Jazz Record Collectors’ Convention, the Grand Traditions Vintage Dance Academy’s Annual “Hot Jazz Ball”. In addition, the band has performed at the University of Michigan League’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, Providence Hospital’s 2004 Gala, Catholic Social Services Fall Festival of Music, Windsor, Ontario’s Capital Theatre Jazz Concert Series, and return engagements for many of the above events.
The band’s first album Rhythm Club was released in 2006. Music from the C.D. is being used as the soundtrack for a “video history” presentation playing in the lobby of the newly restored and reopened Guardian Building in downtown Detroit, long known as “one of the most exuberant Art Deco skyscrapers in America”.