Performance Reviews

"A resounding triumph...If anyone doubted the musical depth of urban blues, this evening held it up to close inspection and proved it irresistible." - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

 "Siegel's greatest contribution was as composer.  Chamber Blues is a genuine hybrid... The quartet moved easily between the complex and more direct, that mingle in Siegel's clever compositions, adding improvisational flash and bent tones that Paul Butterfield would have admired. - LOS ANGELES TIMES

“… A Significant step forward into new dimensions of feeling, content, and technique … A classification-shattering mix.” - JAZZIZ MAGAZINE

"The combination of these two genres could be the greatest variation of all themes. By creating the 'potential'  for a deeper enjoyment  of music, Chamber Blues has the possibility to tear down the walls that keep music fans apart." - LIVING BLUES MAGAZINE

"Blows a lot of peoples minds" - ASPEN TIMES (Aspen Music Festival Performance)

"A first-class-smasher of pre-conceived notions." - DENVER POST

"A Joyous marriage of chamber music and the blues." - STUDS TERKEL (Pulitzer Prize winning author and WFMT-FM CLASSICAL Radio host)


"Extraordinary musicianship ... powerful musical insight" - JAZZ NOW MAGAZINE

HEADLINE: "Ernie Watts, Corky Siegel Excite Fans at the Dakota with Chamber Blues - The compositions and improvisations had a sense of dynamics, tension and rhythm, elements that blues and classical have in common.  Fans offered more than one standing ovation during the unforgettable evening." - MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE - January 2016

HEADLINE: "Leaves you speechless: Combination that can't be missed. - Words are useless. Corky Siegel stole my tongue with the kind of blues harmonica that had otherwise dignified people stomping their feet and letting out whoops of joy. Chamber Blues has married Muddy Waters and Mozart with this amazing combination of blues and classical that dazzled the audience - do your eyes and ears a favor - go and see this show." - ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS