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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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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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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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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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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Diamond/Gillan duo live recording at Elastic Arts Foundation
Mar
7
8:30 PM20:30

Diamond/Gillan duo live recording at Elastic Arts Foundation

Drummer Lucas Gillan and I have been exploring composed and improvised saxophone/drums textures for several years and starting making a recording of our music in the fall of 2018. We will now finish the recording process with a live show at Elastic Arts. Join us for what will inevitably be a spirited evening full of risk, freedom, and connectivity.

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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Mar
6
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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Paczki Fest at Marz Community Brewing feat. The Herbsaint Band
Mar
3
3:00 PM15:00

Paczki Fest at Marz Community Brewing feat. The Herbsaint Band

Created by Marz Brewery owner Edmar, Paczki Fest will be a celebration of both Polish and Cajun culture, just in time for Fat Tuesday! There will be Cajun Food provided by Chris Reed (The Rice Table), a beignet and chicory coffee station, live music from my Herbsaint Band, surprise dance performances, DJs TBD, and of course TONS of great new beer from Marz!

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Black Diamond "CHANT" record release
Mar
2
3:00 PM15:00

Black Diamond "CHANT" record release

I am proud to announce the release of Black Diamond’s second record, Chant (Shifting Paradigm Records)! We will be performing music from the recording in a multi-medium space that will also feature the visual art of Marine Tempels (who has created and designed the covers and layouts for both of our recordings), and plant installations by Nyabweza Itaagi of Ebimera Vines.

The gallery opening will start in the afternoon (free), followed by food prepared by our bassist (and fantastic cook) Matt Ulery (by donation), and then finally a performance by Black Diamond ($10).

Let’s party!

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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Feb
20
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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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Feb
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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John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Feb
6
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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