The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite is Mike Reed’s current investigation into the sounds of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music history. Fueled by a USA Artist Fellowship, Reed and team have been at work collecting and transcribing music to be presented in a forthcoming “real book,” Chicago Jazz and Improvised Music from 1980-2010. The performance will feature arrangements by stalwarts such as Ari Brown, Ed Wilkerson, Jeff Parker, Rob Mazurek, Fred Anderson, and others.
Says Reed: “It’s a way of recognizing our musical moments and celebrating the regional voice and approaches that could only come from Chicago.”
Singer/harmonica player Morry Sochat ("Socket") leads a seven piece band through a night of blues and rockabilly classics.
Singer/harmonica player Morry Sochet ("Socket") leads a seven piece band through a night of blues and rockabilly classics.
Blues singer/harmonicist Morry Sochat ("Socket") leads a seven piece band through a night of classic blues and rockabilly music.
Guitarist/composer Zac Nunnery and I worked a lot together while we were both studying with Dana Hall at DePaul University. Zac has assembled a group of distinct improvisatory voices for a venture into a new medium ensemble sound.
Zac Nunnery- Guitar, Nick Mazzarella - alto saxophone, Hunter Diamond - tenor Saxophone, Jakob Heinemann - Bass, Andy Danstrom - drums, Christian Hughes - percussion
Mike Reed, in collaboration with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, presents a series of free jazz/improvised performances in several of Chicago's premier venues leading up the the Chicago Jazz Festival in Millenium Park over Labor Day weekend.
The first edition of the Dog/Days features local acts Black Diamond, Josh Berman, and Devouring the Guilt, followed by internationally renowned improvisors James Brandon Lewis (saxophone), and Craig Taborn (piano)
The Herbsaint band was created for the inaugural "Got You Some" New Orleans party series that chef Chris Reed and I collaborated on earlier this summer. The band plays traditional NOLA dixieland music (Armstrong, Dodds, Bechet, etc) and features:
Hunter Diamond - clarinet, Patrick Donley - piano, Mike Harmon - bass, Quin Kirchner - drums.
Two sets, $10 cover. Come hang out and get a little NOLA flavor!
Multi-instrumental musician and performance/visual artist Mikel Patrick Avery organizes a mobile large ensemble for a special performance at the Art Institute.
Drummer Lucas Gillan and I present a set of new compositions recently debuted at the Green Mill Jazz Composers Collective.
Second set from the Emerson Hunton ensemble.
A new trio configuration featuring multi-instrumentalist/producer Leroy Bach (Wilco, Theaster Gates) and bassist/film composer John Sutton will experiment with the deconstruction of lesser known American and jazz melodies.
Honored to join three deeply engrained members of Chicago's creative music scene for a very special performance. Chicago videographer/visual artist and Full Sail University hall of famer Kim Alpert will be in residence at the Chicago Art Department in Pilsen during the month of March and will feature a live performance each Friday.
We'll be presenting two sets of our original music for the University's "Pilots After Dark" series.