Cecilia Forneborg Quintet
Jul
22
9:00 PM21:00

Cecilia Forneborg Quintet

Cecilia Ferneborg is a singer and songwriter from the rural town of Vansbro, Sweden. Born to an American mother and Swedish father, her early childhood was spent immersed in traditional music from both countries. Ms. Ferneborg's interest in music continued and she relocated to the United States in her late teens. While studying jazz voice at Temple University, she set roots in the thriving music community of Philadelphia where she started writing music that reflected her inner and outer life's journeys. A remarkable vocalist with a creative passion, Ms. Ferneborg seamlessly blends jazz, pop, and folk into compositions of “lyrical velvet” (AXS). Her electric stage presence and deep musicality has captured audiences at festivals, clubs, and concert halls across the Northeastern and Southern United States.

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Herbsaint Band at Postock
Aug
2
to Aug 4

Herbsaint Band at Postock

The Herbsaint trio revives early New Orleans traditional and dixieland jazz by performing the works of Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Louis Armstrong, and more.

We are happy to be joining a diverse roster of musicians and creators at the 12th annual Postock Music Festival. Venture out into the beautiful woods and wildflower fields of middle-Wisconsin for a weekend of music, community, and enjoyment.

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Davis Rogan at The Hideout
Aug
8
10:00 PM22:00

Davis Rogan at The Hideout

Davis draws his musical inspiration from Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, as does every New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano player. What separates Davis is his lyrics. The wit, irony and self deprecation echo Randy Newman but the wry observations about life, humanity and New Orleans are uniquely his. Davis is a fifth generation New Orleanian raised in neighborhood of Carrollton. Post-Katrina, Davis Rogan was an Artist in Residence at the Royal Abbaye de Fontevraud in the Loire Valley, France. He has toured and recorded with French brass funk groups Ceux Qui Marchent Debout and Les Fils de Teuhpu. In addition to his duties on the program Treme, Davis performs regularly in New Orleans clubs. In 2010, on hiatus between Season 1 and Season 2 of Treme, Davis recorded his latest record, The Real Davis, which was co- produced by the show's music supervisor, Blake Leyh.

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Davis Rogan at Ina Mae Tavern
Aug
9
10:00 PM22:00

Davis Rogan at Ina Mae Tavern

Davis draws his musical inspiration from Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, as does every New Orleans Rhythm and Blues piano player. What separates Davis is his lyrics. The wit, irony and self deprecation echo Randy Newman but the wry observations about life, humanity and New Orleans are uniquely his. Davis is a fifth generation New Orleanian raised in neighborhood of Carrollton. Post-Katrina, Davis Rogan was an Artist in Residence at the Royal Abbaye de Fontevraud in the Loire Valley, France. He has toured and recorded with French brass funk groups Ceux Qui Marchent Debout and Les Fils de Teuhpu. In addition to his duties on the program Treme, Davis performs regularly in New Orleans clubs. In 2010, on hiatus between Season 1 and Season 2 of Treme, Davis recorded his latest record, The Real Davis, which was co- produced by the show's music supervisor, Blake Leyh.

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Jazz on da Block
Aug
24
to Aug 25

Jazz on da Block

Hosted by Chicago poet, lyricist, published author, collected visual artist and educator Marvin Tate, the first annual Jazz on da Block is a day-long celebration of music and storytelling catered to the Austin neighborhood community. Taking place on the Tate family property, a deep roster of Chicago talent will be present.

I will be presenting a special solo performance with woodwinds and percussion at 3:30PM

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New Works residency at the Whistler (night 1)
Sep
3
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency at the Whistler (night 1)

After spending three weeks as a visiting artist studying composition with Nicole Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, I am debuting new compositions for four different ensembles. Each performance is free and open to the public. This residency has been made possible with support from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

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New Works residency at the Whistler (night 2)
Sep
10
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency at the Whistler (night 2)

After spending three weeks as a visiting artist studying composition with Nicole Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, I am debuting new compositions for four different ensembles. Each performance is free and open to the public. This residency has been made possible with support from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

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New Works residency at the Whistler (night 3)
Sep
18
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency at the Whistler (night 3)

After spending three weeks as a visiting artist studying composition with Nicole Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, I am debuting new compositions for four different ensembles. Each performance is free and open to the public. This residency has been made possible with support from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

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New Works residency at the Whistler (night 4)
Sep
24
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency at the Whistler (night 4)

After spending three weeks as a visiting artist studying composition with Nicole Mitchell at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, I am debuting new compositions for four different ensembles. Each performance is free and open to the public. This residency has been made possible with support from the Luminarts Cultural Foundation.

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Miguel Atwood-Ferguson orchestra J Dilla tribute
Jul
18
7:30 PM19:30

Miguel Atwood-Ferguson orchestra J Dilla tribute

For this special recreation concert in Chicago, Miguel will have a 13-piece ensemble pay tribute to hip-hop and R&B’s most influential producer J Dilla.

One of Miguel’s great achievements was in 2009 when he composed and conducted the historic ‘Suite for Ma Dukes’ concert in Los Angeles leading over 60 musicians, whom he chose and contracted, in tribute to the transcendent modern hip-hop producer J Dilla. As composer and conductor that legendary February night, Miguel featured special guests Bilal, Posdnous (De La Soul), Talib Kweli, Karriem Riggins, Stephen ‘Thundercat’ Bruner, and more. The Miguel Atwood-Ferguson Ensemble has featured guest appearances by Sly Stone, Shuggie Otis, George Clinton, Seu Jorge, Kamasi Washington, Sa-Ra Creative Partners, Leon Ware, Flying Lotus, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Moses Sumney, Marie Daulne (Zap Mama), J Rocc, Coco (Quadron), Georgia Anne Muldrow, Austin Peralta, James Gadson, Mayer Hawthorne, José James, Meshell Ndegeocello, Aloe Blacc, Pharoahe Monch, Daedelus, Sara Gazarek, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Deantoni Parks and Ndugu Chancler, among others.


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"The Gold Rush" (1925) live score at Kibbitznest
Jul
17
7:00 PM19:00

"The Gold Rush" (1925) live score at Kibbitznest

New Orleans trumpeter/composer Alex Massa has assembled a group to perform an improvised score to this classic Chaplin silent film The Gold Rush.

In this classic silent comedy, the Little Tramp (Charles Chaplin) heads north to join in the Klondike gold rush. Trapped in a small cabin by a blizzard, the Tramp is forced to share close quarters with a successful prospector (Mack Swain) and a fugitive (Tom Murray). Eventually able to leave the cabin, he falls for a lovely barmaid (Georgia Hale), trying valiantly to win her affections. When the prospector needs help locating his claim, it appears the Tramp's fortunes may change.

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Morry Sochat & the Special 20s at Buddy Guy's
Jul
16
9:30 PM21:30

Morry Sochat & the Special 20s at Buddy Guy's

Morry Sochat (pronounced “socket”) and The Special 20’s are bringing a fresh sound to the Chicago Blues scene. They mix classic Chicago Blues with Swing and Rock N’ Roll from the 1950’s. The band is influenced by the best in blues history. Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Louis Jordan, Junior Wells, and all of the Chicago greats.

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Artist Residency with Nicole Mitchell
Jun
23
to Jul 13

Artist Residency with Nicole Mitchell

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For three weeks I will be an artist in residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts in New Smyrna Beach, FL. I will be studying composition and improvisation with Nicole Mitchell, who is one of the foremost artists on both fronts of modern pan-american/pan-african traditions. All of the material created during this residency will be featured during a month long New Works residency at Chicago’s Whistler in September.

For more information on Nicole Mitchell, visit her website.

For more information on the Atlantic Center for the Arts, visit their website.

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Reed/Diamond duo at Earnest Earth
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Reed/Diamond duo at Earnest Earth

Mike Reed is one of the most important musicians in my life, and it will be an honor to perform with him in this intimate setting. He is a drummer, composer, venue owner/operator, festival coordinator, and mentor. Please visit his website to read about him: https://mikereed-music.com/about

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Earnest Earth is a farm and CSA in the Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago located just a few blocks east of the Garfield Park Conservatory. They’ll be hosting live music and slinging cocktails made with garden herbs. Our neighbors The Gilty Pig will be on site serving their incredible quality meats and vegetarian/vegan dishes!

Also present will be Breakthrough, an organization a block from the farm that works with those affected by poverty to build connections, develop skills, and open doors of opportunity. Friday will be their kickoff celebration of Light in the Night, a recurring party that aims to promote peace and violence prevention by reclaiming spaces in Garfield Park for neighborhood fun.

Everyone is welcome. There will be a suggested donation for non Garfield Park residents to help us fund the fun.

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Mike Reed Quartet at the MCA
Jun
11
5:30 PM17:30

Mike Reed Quartet at the MCA

Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA's Terrace Garden with the annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago's internationally renowned jazz community. Dining options on Tuesdays include seasonal offerings on the upper terrace and in the garden. Both locations include a full bar with cold beverages, wine, and cocktails. 

Featuring:

Mike Reed (drums), Jason Roebke (bass), Time Stine (guitar), Hunter Diamond (reeds).

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Black Diamond duo at Comfort Station
May
23
7:00 PM19:00

Black Diamond duo at Comfort Station

As part of an ongoing investigation into a pared down version of the Black Diamond quartet, Artie Black and I will present compositions and improvisations using a variety of wind and percussion instruments.

This concert is presented by Homeroom Chicago, an independent, non-profit resource for creative Chicagoans to develop and produce new and original arts programming.

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Whistler Jam feat. Black Diamond
May
13
to May 14

Whistler Jam feat. Black Diamond

Every Monday night, the jazz jam session at the Whistler (hosted by bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Quin Kirchner) features different guest musicians during the house set. This week’s edition will feature new music from the band I co-lead with Artie Black, Black Diamond.

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Herbsaint Band at The Front Room
May
4
to May 5

Herbsaint Band at The Front Room

The Herbsaint trio revives early New Orleans traditional and dixieland jazz by performing the works of Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Louis Armstrong, and more.

Hunter Diamond - clarinet, footbourine, stooltop

Patrick Donley - travel piano, vocal

John Sutton - bass

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"Suite for Ma Dukes" Orchestra at the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion
Mar
29
8:00 PM20:00

"Suite for Ma Dukes" Orchestra at the Millennium Park Pritzker Pavilion

L.A. based violinist/composer/arranger Miguel Atwood-Ferguson is resurrecting his large scale J-Dilla tribute project for a special one time performance on Chicago’s grandest outdoor stage.

Known as being the most influential hip-hop producer and beat maker of all time, Detroit legend J-Dilla created tracks for genre defining and defying artists such as A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots, Erykah Bad, Common, Slum Village, De La Soul, Madlib, MF Doom, and many more. After passing on from a rare blood disease in 2006, artists and musicians have remained loyal and continued to pay homage to his legacy.

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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

John Sutton Group at The Dawson

Chicago bassist, composer, and film scorer John Sutton has been commissioned by Fulton River District’s newest jazz room, The Dawson. Presenting new original music alongside deep cuts from composer’s Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and the Ellington-Strayhorn book, each week will feature different instrumentation and repetoire. No cover charge.

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Diamond/Maunu duo at Myopic Books
Mar
25
8:00 PM20:00

Diamond/Maunu duo at Myopic Books

Chicago creative musicians Julian Kirshner and Macie Stewart program the weekly improvised series at the historic Wicker Park used bookstore Myopic Books.

The creative breadth and beauty of Peter Maunu's textural guitar work can best be appreciated by examining his musical roots. He began his career as a classical violinist and concert master, earning a scholarship to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music while still in his early teens. After hearing the groundbreaking work of Hendrix and The Beatles' "Tomorrow Never Knows", Peter became fascinated with the sonic possibilities of the guitar and it soon commanded much of his interest. His orchestral approach to playing has always infused his guitar work.

Peter's musicality and command of many styles has led to recording and live performances with an eclectic group of artists including Airto, Billy Cobham, Jean-Luc Ponty, Heart, L.A. Express, The Pointer Sisters, Wang Chung, Lou Gramm and Bobby McFerrin. In the late 70's, he and several Bay Area friends -- Mark Isham, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio -- formed the pioneering instrumental alliance Group 87, which released two ahead-of-its-time albums. Maunu's longtime involvement with composer Mark Isham has encouraged his experimental side, leading to Peter's many contributions in film music. His solo album "Warm Sound in a Gray Field" is a showcase for his adventurous compositional style. 

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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Mar
13
7:00 PM19:00

John Sutton Group at The Dawson

Chicago bassist, composer, and film scorer John Sutton has been commissioned by Fulton River District’s newest jazz room at The Dawson. Presenting new original music alongside deep cuts from composer’s Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, and the Ellington-Strayhorn book, each week will feature different instrumentation and repetoire.

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