New Standard Music, Inc. - Live Jazz in all its forms for any occasion


Chicago is a talent rich city known for its vibrant music scene comprised of world class musicians. In the genres of jazz and blues, Chicago is legendary. Owned by saxophonist Ken Partyka, New Standard Music, Inc. is a truly unique company that specializes in providing jazz and blues for private events, festivals and concerts. Comprised of a core of some of the finest instrumental and vocal artists in Chicago, New Standard Music, Inc. is able to combine both artistic and professional integrity and mix it with decades of experience.

The term "New Standard" has multiple meanings. The repertoire of the ensembles largely consists of updated versions of traditional "standard" songs as well as more modern music molded into a jazz setting. This fresh approach helps to create performances that are truly unique.

Having provided live music for hundreds of events and performances has led New Standard Music, Inc. to be the "go to" choice for many venues, individual clients and destination management companies, including the esteemed Signature Room at the 95th. Certainly not "everyone's everything", New Standard Music, Inc. takes pride in staying focused on what they do best, and that is performing great music for their audiences.

Ken Partyka

Chicago Saxophonist Ken Partyka enjoys a multi-faceted career in the music business, which spans over twenty five years. In his unique career, he has amassed an impressive resume as a performer, educator, bandleader, producer and composer/arranger.

As owner of New Standard Music, Inc., Ken has contracted hundreds of private events and concerts and is the creator of the weekly jazz series “The Sidebar Sessions” at Fitzgerald’s Night Club.

Known for his versatility and musicianship, Ken is in demand in a number of idioms, including jazz, big band and also in more commercial settings. In addition to his work with the New Standard ensembles, Ken has had the privilege of backing such entertainment luminaries as Frankie Valli, Aretha Franklin, Mel Torme, Arturo Sandoval and Natalie Cole and has performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and at the legendary Red Rock.

*Ken Partyka is a Reunion Blues Artist

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