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Mar302007

Jason Scheff


When you mention the name Chicago, people roll out the mental red carpet and pay homage to one of the most influential rock bands ever. And, after 40 years of delivering classic hits, their momentum and influence still remains strong with their recent 2006 release of Chicago XXX. If you’re familiar with the band’s music, then you’re familiar with Jason Scheff, one of Chicago’s lead vocalists and bass player for the past 21 years. Over the years, Jason’s talent has helped Chicago deliver some of the most played and loved music around the world. His writing skills have also contributed hits such as Will You Still Love Me, and What Kind of Man Would I Be. But don’t think that Jason is only Chicago deep. He comes from deep musical roots, as his father was Elvis’ perennial bassist for years. Amazing where a musical heritage can take you. Inside MusiCast welcomes one of Chicago’s best – Jason Scheff.

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I FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS INTERVIEW THROUGH JASON SCHEFFS MYSPACE PAGE.THOUGHT THE INTERVIEW WAS QUITE INTERESTING.I WIL BE LISTENING TO IT AT LEAST ANOTHER 3 TO 4 TIMES THIS WEEK.I FIND HIS LEADERSHIP ABILITY,BEING EXPRESSED IN SUCH A HUMBLE WAY,AN APEALLING ATTRIBUTE OF HIS PERSONALITY.LOVED THE INTERVIEW,CANT WAIT TILL YOU BRING HIM ON AGAIN.LOOKING FORWARD TO NEW CHICAGO/JASON SCHEFF SONGS BEING INTRODUCED TO US FANS,THIS IS AN EXCITING IDEA.ITS TIME HAS COME. THANKS,
March 31, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGEORGE KELLER
Another great interview guys. Great to hear Jason talk about Chicago and the music industry in general.
April 7, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan
Thanks Brian. We appreciate your tagging along for the ride. There's more to come. Cheers.

EddyIMC
April 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy Cabello
Thanks for digging deep. Peter's shoes were big, but Jason's feet fit in perfectly. I'm a fan since the first LPs and still listening and enjoying. Chicago XXX - worth a listen.
April 10, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Schuckelt
Frank, you seem to be a real in-depth music lover. Chicago....how can you not love'em....THIRTY ALBUMS! Simply amazing.
April 10, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy cabello
Nice interview. But JS didn't sing or write "You're Not Alone."
April 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter=bg=
bg:Thanks for your comments...and the correction. Consider it fixed.
April 11, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy cabello
Also, you were naming off vocalists- Walt Parazaider has never sung lead- I think you were thinking about Lee Loughnane, who sung a two or three tunes in the 70's, then did a couple leads on the Christmas albums. Pankow did two leads in the 70s, but none since. Howland has only sang lead on 1 tune, on the Christmas CD. Did you ask JS about the Stone of Sisyphus album and the "Bigger Than Elvis" tribute to his dad?
April 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commenter=bg=
Good insight on the vocals. It was Loughnane...as you mentioned. Didn't get around to the Bigger Than Elvis tribute. It would have been an interesting topic. Thanks.
April 13, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
Hi Eddy and Rick...Just a quick note to say thank you for the podcast. I'm a 47 year old drummer/music lover from just up the road in Lafayette Indiana. I did not realize that is where you lived until I read your bio on the website. Your shows are phenomenal. What a treat it has been to listen to the guys that have created some of my favorite music through the years.

I can't tell you how intently I listened to David Paich, David Garfield, Steve Lukather, Jason Scheff, Lee Sklar etc. and their stories of their experiences through the years. I'm glad I have embraced the technology. This is my new favorite form of media. You two do a great job of interviewing too I must mention. It's obvious you know who you are talking to and ask all the right questions.

I would love to hear a Bill Champlin interview. Guys like Jeff Lorber and Danny Seraphine would be great too. Whatever the case I'll be checking it out. It would be cool to hear more from you guys too and your experiences.

Keep up the great work and thanks again for providing such a great podcast. Best of luck with your business in Indianpolis. I am a 20+ year radio vet with pretty good ears if you ever need some help.

April 20, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBob Miller
Eddy and Rick - Great work on your new site. I have always been a fan of the studio musicians behind the music. Loved reading all of the album credits to see who was playing. Thanks for breathing life into all of these people who don't get the credit. As a matter of fact, I just saw Toto in Minneapolis two weeks ago and it was enormously frustrating to see a less than packed house. People had no clue what they were missing; Toto with guys like Sklar and Phillinganes! What a pleasant surprise to discover your website right after that concert and see so many of the faces. Keep up the great work you two; you keep my iPod full. I am grateful for the two of you!!!!
May 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTroy
Eddy and Rick,Thanks for these interviews. I'm a Chicago fan based in the UK and never get to see the guys in concert all that much, but this brings me just that little bit closer.Thanks again!
June 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJohn
California Transit Authorityis a smokin' band !The album Full Circlehas been released.It wouldbe great to hear Danny Seraphine and some of theother band members.Thank you-Tony
August 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterTony Gallo
Thanks Tony...We'll put Danny on our wish list. He's a great player.

EC
August 21, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy
I'm from philippines and i never had a chance to see chicago on concert but i buy their cd's and dvd's. I love their songs. Jason Scheff is my favorite. He sings so good that i like the way he sings. MABUHAY!
July 19, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGina Lisa

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