DiBS at The Hungry Brain
Nov
25
9:30 PM21:30

DiBS at The Hungry Brain

DiBS is an improvising trio of intergenerational Chicago musicians featured exclusively at the Art Institute of Chicago. For our first performance outside the museum, we’ll be playing the historic Sunday night improvised series that has been running under the curation of Josh Berman for decades.

DiBS is:

Hunter Diamond - saxophone, clarinet, percussion

Leroy Bach - guitar, percussion

John Sutto - prepared bass

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"Got You Some" holiday get down featuring the Herbsaint Band
Dec
16
3:00 PM15:00

"Got You Some" holiday get down featuring the Herbsaint Band

The Got You Some concept grew out of a series of private Cajun-themed dinners hosted by Chicago chef Chris Reed. A combination of traditional New Orleans food and music created a rarely accessible flavor in Chicago, and in 2017 local musician Hunter Diamond approached Reed with enthusiasm to expand the concept for the public.

The phrase “Got you Some” comes from a song written and recorded by famed New Orleans soprano saxophonist Sidney Bechet and the notorious Chicago-born clarinetist Mezz Mezzrow. Already a perfect combination of Chicago and New Orleans spirit, the song conveys a feeling of inclusiveness and abundance: got you some food, got you some drink, got you some music, what more could you need!

In addition to creating a great atmosphere of Crescent City energy in Chicago, Got You Some also aims to further connect the concentric circles of artists and creators across the city. The inaugural event took place at Experimental Sound Studio, a non-profit recording studio, venue, and visual gallery located in the Ravenswood Neighborhood. For the next installment, Got You Some will be partnering with Marz Brewery, The Green Star Project, and many local artists and craft-makers to create an all-encompassing New Orleans holiday get-down.

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The Herbsaint Band at the Hungry Brain
Oct
18
to Oct 19

The Herbsaint Band at the Hungry Brain

The Herbsaint band plays early New Orleans and dixieland music from composers and instrumentalists such as: Sidney Bechet, Johnny Dodds, Louis and Lillian Armstrong, and mat more. My intent is to conjure the spirits of new and old Orleans and the creole manifestation and influence of the African Diaspora in the US.

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Strange Frontiers at Gems in the Garden
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Strange Frontiers at Gems in the Garden

Strange Frontiers is a project for which I have set my father’s poetry to newly composed music. The Gems in the Garden series is hosted (seasonally) once a month at a co-op/residence in Logan Square.

Hunter Diamond - recitation, woodwinds, percussion

Paul Bedal - recitation, piano

Anton Hatwich -recitation, bass

Julian Kirshner - recitation, drums

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Mike Reed's "The City Was Yellow" at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Sep
29
7:30 PM19:30

Mike Reed's "The City Was Yellow" at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival

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.”

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Big Fun at Elastic Arts
Aug
27
9:00 PM21:00

Big Fun at Elastic Arts

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

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Black Diamond at Dog/Day #1 at Constellation
Aug
25
7:00 PM19:00

Black Diamond at Dog/Day #1 at Constellation

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)

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Jul
27
9:00 PM21:00

Herbsaint Band at The Hungry Brain

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!

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