Jason Scheff performing Live
- Aug. 9, 2018
-- Jason Scheff who toured as the lead singer of Chicago for 31 years will return to the stage on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Winery at Sovereign Estate in Waconia, MN. Scheff's performance with the Jeff Carver Trio will also support local charity, Garys Gift, which supports Pancreatic Cancer research at the University of MN. Tickets are on sale at $25-$50 for this event on Eventbrite.com. This event is being sponsored by Lexus of Wayzata/Village Chevrolet and Waconia Brewing Company. Scheff will perform hit songs such as "Will You Still Love Me", "What Kind of Man Would I Be" as well as "25 or 6 to 4" which he sang at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony in 2016,
In mid-1985, 23-year-old Scheff joined the multi-platinum band Chicago, after Peter Cetera (https://en.wikipedia.org/
had departed the band to continue his solo career. Scheff was noted for his uncanny vocal resemblance to Cetera. His lead vocals were debuted on the 1986 single "25 or 6 to 4 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25_or_6_to_4
)," a remake of their 1970 hit, then followed up with "Will You Still Love Me? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Will_You_Still_Love_Me%3F_(...
In addition to performing the band's classic material, Scheff had composed several original songs for the band, including their 1989 Top 10 single "What Kind of Man Would I Be? (https://en.wikipedia.org/
I_Be%3F)" Scheff also co-wrote the song "Heart of Mine (https://en.wikipedia.org/
song)" with Bobby Caldwell (https://en.wikipedia.org/
and Dennis Matkosky (https://en.wikipedia.org/
1). The song became a big hit for Boz Scaggs (https://en.wikipedia.org/
in 1988 and was included in the 1988 Boz Scaggs album "Other Roads (https://en.wikipedia.org/
and the collection Hits! (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hits!_(Boz_Scaggs_album)
. Scheff would perform "Heart of Mine" several years later in 2007 for a theater in a round setting at the Bluebird Cafe (https://en.wikipedia.org/
Cafe) in Nashville. Scheff, along with co-writers Peter Wolf (https://en.wikipedia.org/
and Ina Wolf (https://en.wikipedia.org/
, wrote the song "Bigger Than Elvis (https://en.wikipedia.org/
Than_Elvis)" in 1993 for what was intended to be Chicago's 22nd album. This song is about his father, Jerry Scheff (https://en.wikipedia.org/
, describing Jason's childhood memories of watching his father play on television. The album however, was rejected by Warner Brothers (https://en.wikipedia.org/
Brothers) in 1993, and remained unreleased until 2008 when Rhino released it as Chicago XXXII: Stone of Sisyphus (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_XXXII:_Stone_of_Sisyphus)
. In 2005, Scheff also enlisted Rascal Flatts (https://en.wikipedia.org/
Flatts) vocalist and bassist Jay DeMarcus (https://en.wikipedia.org/
to serve as producer for the new album, which was released on March 21, 2006. Scheff co-wrote seven of the twelve songs on the CD.
Scheff has also recorded as a solo artist, releasing a CD titled Chauncy (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chauncy_(album)
in 1996, as well as several duets released only in Japan.
He would be part of two a cappella releases by "West Coast All Stars". The first in 1997 called "California Dreamin'" included vocals by Joseph Williams (https://en.wikipedia.org/
, Bill Champlin (https://en.wikipedia.org/
, Bobby Kimball (https://en.wikipedia.org/
& Scheff; the second in 1998, "Naturally", again would feature Williams, Kimball and Scheff adding this time Tommy Funderburk as the fourth vocal.
In the 2000s, he was part of Robert Lamm's solo band for performances and three albums. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Scheff#cite_note-2) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Scheff#cite_note-3)
Scheff and Lamm also collaborated as the executive producers of Zosia Karbowiak (https://en.wikipedia.org/
's first international solo release in 2009 S.I.N.G (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Scheff#cite_note-5) (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jason_Scheff#cite_note-6)
A few weeks after performing with Chicago for the band's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (https://en.wikipedia.org/
Fame) induction in April 2016, Scheff took a leave of absence from the band.
Although Scheff had already departed Chicago, he appeared in January 2017 in the CNN feature film by Peter Pardini Now More Than Ever: The History of Chicago.
Scheff will be accompanied by the Jeff Carver Trio, a talented group of musicians that have been long-time admirers of Scheff and the Chicago-sound.
The Winery at Sovereign Estate will host the event at the new Marquette Pavillioin. This picturesque lakeside venue resides in a vineyard with views of Lake Waconia. This intimate venue provides seating for 400 guests.
#Biography informaiton on Jason Scheff credited to Wikipedia