Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz presents commissioned projects by Steve Coleman, Juli Wood and Caroline Davis, Greg Ward and a salute to the AACM’s 50th Anniversary.
(schedule is subject to change)
Chicago native Steve Coleman has always retained strong ties to his hometown, especially when it involves saluting his mentor Von Freeman. Many of the recent trips to Chicago by this MacArthur Grant Fellow have involved leading workshops with young, aspiring musicians. Hot on the heels of his ambitious new large ensemble album, Synovial Joints, this summer Coleman will take up residency at the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago where he and members of his long-running band Five Elements with work with a variety of Chicago musicians to share his musical concepts and grander ideas about humanity. At Made in Chicago, Coleman will highlight the process with a concert featuring Five Elements and some of his strongest Chicago residency participants.
The Residency and concert is collaboration between the Jazz Institute of Chicago, M-Base Concepts, Inc., the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.
Black Saint and the Sinner Lady
Charles Mingus’ 1963 masterpiece – Black Saint and the Sinner Lady – has been re-interpreted by music director Greg Ward and choreographer Onye Ozuzu. Originally presented as a studio album, Mingus alluded to a fuller performance by incorporating dance into the title of each movement. Ward’s reworking of Mingus’ suite features an ensemble featuring Tim Haldeman and Keefe Jackson, woodwinds; Russ Johnson and Ben LaMar, trumpet; Norman Palm and Christopher Davies, trombones; Dennis Luxion, piano; Jason Roebke, bass and Marcus Evans, drums. Alongside the musical adaptation, Ozuzu intermingles composed and improvised dance performance. Co-produced for Made in Chicago by Mike Reed (Constellation) and Roell Schmidt (Links Hall).
AACM Chicago presents Great Black Music Ensemble: Move: An Afrofuturistic Ijó
In celebration of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) 50th anniversary, the Chicago organization’s flagship big band presents an ambitious three-part opus examining its own rich history, “ancient to the future.” The evening will feature three sections, each written by a commissioned member of the AACM – representing the founding period with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, the middle period with reedist Mwata Bowden and the contemporary period with cellist Tomeka Reid. Each part will integrate choreography from three Chicago dance groups: the Ayodele Dance and Drum Corp, Deeply Rooted Dance Company and Kings Eye View. The work concludes with a video component featuring TK, the electronic musician working with the Great Black Music Ensemble in the third section, offering a visual history of the AACM.
We REInsist! Max Roach and Oscar Brown, Jr.’s Freedom Now Suite, Reimagined
Saxophonists Juli Wood and Caroline Davis offer a bold interpretation of the classic 1960 album, We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. A powerful expression of the Civil Rights movement, the hard-hitting recording has never lost its powerful resonance. Recognizing its relevance today, Wood and Davis have “reimagined” the album – updating the original words written by Oscar Brown, Jr. and sung by Abbey Lincoln with a new collaboration between Davis and Maggie Brown, Oscar’s daughter. Trombonist Tom Garling has written new arrangements and will join a band featuring trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Ari Brown, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll, drummer Greg Artry and the Najwa Drum Corps.
Through August 31 • Chicago Cultural Center • Open Daily
The first retrospective of the American artist’s paintings in two decades, this FREE exhibit—across the street from Millennium Park—includes 42 remarkable paintings chronicling the African-American experience (including life in Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood), capturing the Jazz Age 1920s and 1930s.
September 3-6 • Chicago Cultural Center & Millennium Park • FREE Admission
Known for its artistic creativity, the Chicago Jazz Festival is a favorite Labor Day Weekend tradition. It promotes awareness and appreciation for all forms of jazz through free, quality live musical performance.
Thursdays; August 6-27, 2015
Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Every aspect of Millennium Park was designed to be fully accessible to all patrons. The following services are available:
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