New Works residency (night 3) : "Strange Frontiers"
Sep
17
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency (night 3) : "Strange Frontiers"

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.

“Strange Frontiers” is an ongoing project in which I set my father’s poems to music. This will be the third iteration, and its instrumentation is derived from new work created while working with Nicole Mitchell, the fellow musicians, and the poetry studio of Cornelius Eady while at the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

HD - reeds, recitation

Adam Zanolini - flute, bass flute

Cameron Pfiffner - soprano saxophone

Sarah Clausen - alto saxophone

Chris Shuttleworth - trombone

Katie Ernst - bass

Marcus Evans - drums

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Samson Young solo exhibition at Smart Museum
Sep
18
6:00 PM18:00

Samson Young solo exhibition at Smart Museum

Born in Hong Kong in 1979, Samson Young received his BA in music, philosophy, and gender studies at the University of Sydney before obtaining an MPhil from the University of Hong Kong in 2007 and a PhD in music composition from Princeton University, New Jersey, in 2013. His compositions, drawings, installations, radio broadcasts, and performances touch upon topics such as military conflict, identity, migration, and political frontiers past and present. Sound and its cultural politics are at the heart of a practice that interlays multiple narratives and references.

This performance will be a part of Silver moon or golden star, which will you buy of me? (solo exhibition)

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duo with Mike Reed at Bordel
Sep
18
9:30 PM21:30

duo with Mike Reed at Bordel

Using a multitude of woodwinds and percussive sounds, we’ll be exploring the intimate and powerful possibilities of the historic tenor/drums improvised duo. No covers, no cover.

Bordel has no specified sign or entrance. Enter the Black Bull (also at 1721 W Division), and walk through the concealed door and up the stairs.

Mike Reed (b. Bielefeld, Germany May 26, 1974) is a musician, composer, bandleader and arts presenter based in Chicago. Over the last two decades he has emerged as a dominant force within Chicago’s diverse artistic community, both through the music he makes and the live events he produces. In addition to leading or co-leading several working bands, all rooted deeply in jazz and improvised music, he’s founding director of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the current programming chair of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the owner and director of the acclaimed performing arts venue Constellation. He is a devoted cultural advocate committed to providing platforms for artistic expression unhindered by commercial pressures. In 2016 he also became the owner of the Hungry Brain, a cozy neighborhood tavern that’s been a fulcrum for live creative music and socially-driven public programs.

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Hunter Diamond trio at Art Institute of Chicago
Sep
19
5:30 PM17:30

Hunter Diamond trio at Art Institute of Chicago

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We’ll be presenting two sets of new and improvised music in the modern wing of the Art Institute. This performance is made possible with the support of the DePaul University Liberal Studies program and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Leroy Bach - guitar, percussion

John Sutton - prepared bass, percussion

Hunter Diamond - reeds, percussion

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DJ Set in the park with Noble Savage
Sep
21
12:00 PM12:00

DJ Set in the park with Noble Savage

Noble Savage is the diverse collaborative work of Austin Le Moine & Troy Chebs, two midwestern friends on a mission to explore their constantly evolving passions and plant seeds of eccentricity and imagination across America. Their practice is inherently diverse and takes on a growing number of forms: DIY construction, film, live vinyl happenings, small space design, agriculture, bike trips, scavenger hunts, skateboarding, mixtapes, collage and animation.

I’ll be spinning a set of favorite LPs and 45s from my collection, so come out and enjoy the music and the beautiful fall weather!

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New Works residency (night 4) : "Grit"
Sep
24
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency (night 4) : "Grit"

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.

“Grit” is a new set of compositions written for a more traditional jazz quintet. The music explores the boundaries of melodic and rhythmic consonance and dissonance.

HD - tenor saxophone

Nick Mazzarella - alto saxophone

Angelo Hart - piano

Jeremiah Hunt - bass

Dana Hall - drums

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Davis Rogan at the Starlight Lounge (New Orleans)
Oct
16
8:00 PM20:00

Davis Rogan at the Starlight Lounge (New Orleans)

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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Colligo: a global sound gathering
Oct
25
9:00 PM21:00

Colligo: a global sound gathering

Hosted by Beats y Bateria: a collaboration of Havana-born, Chicago-based DJ/Producer AfroQbano, Moldovan-born ethno-jazz singer Ana Munteanu and global beat drummer Daniel Crane. The three members come from different musical homes but what they do together is set a mood of celebration and nostalgia under the umbrella of global dance music. For this event I will be a featured guest improvisor with ByB.

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Black Diamond at the California Clipper
Nov
14
9:00 PM21:00

Black Diamond at the California Clipper

Black Diamond thrives on the chemistry and compositions of saxophonists Artie Black and Hunter Diamond. They met while studying under David Baker and Tom Walsh at Indiana University.  A mutual admiration for the collaborative recordings of saxophonists Lee Konitz and Warne Marsh led them to experiment with their own two-tenor palette, and it quickly became apparent that the variance in their tonal and stylistic approaches created a captivating sense of balance. This dynamic has allowed them the unique compositional opportunity to write for the group in a way that is both deeply personal and instrumentally uncommon.

 In Chicago, the band has been featured in residency at Andy's Jazz Club, the The Drake Hotel, and The Whistler. Other performances include the 2018 Chicago Jazz Festival, and associations with the Jazz Institute of Chicago, Sounds of the City Workshop, the Anagram Series at Elastic Arts, and the Chicago Jazz Composers Collective. Recently, the band has been on three U.S. tours to Florida, Pennsylvania, and the Pacific-Northwest. As active music educators, the group has collectively been featured as guest clinicians and lecturers of jazz and ethnomusicology at Slippery Rock University(Slippery Rock, PA), Whitworth University(Spokane, WA), and Pacific Lutheran University (Tacoma, WA). 

August 2017 marked the release of Black Diamond's debut recording , "Mandala," on Shifting Paradigm Records. Featuring bassist Matt Ulery and drummer Neil Hemphill, the album contains nine original works by Black and Diamond. The title is inspired by the Vajrayana Buddhist practice of sand painting. The intent of a mandala is to form a representation of the enlightened mind through intricate patterning of layered grains of colored sand. The music on "Mandala" represents our grains laid; our mandala composed. 

Black Diamond's newest release, “Chant” (Shifting Paradigm), was recorded live at The Whistler in Chicago and is set for release in February 2019. 

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Patrick Donley 30th Birthday Orchestra (night two)
Sep
13
8:00 PM20:00

Patrick Donley 30th Birthday Orchestra (night two)

Patrick is one of my favorite collaborators in Chicago, and is also one of the musicians that I respect most. He has a deep wealth of knowledge of many cultures and styles of music and language, and is a fantastic guy on top of it. He’s put together an orchestra of great Chicago musicians to play some of his favorite Cuban music for two nights of celebration in Pilsen.

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Patrick Donley 30th birthday orchestra
Sep
12
8:00 PM20:00

Patrick Donley 30th birthday orchestra

Patrick is one of my favorite collaborators in Chicago, and is also one of the musicians that I respect most. He has a deep wealth of knowledge of many cultures and styles of music and language, and is a fantastic guy on top of it. He’s put together an orchestra of great Chicago musicians to play some of his favorite Cuban music for two nights of celebration in Pilsen.

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New Works residency (night 2): "Body Baton"
Sep
10
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency (night 2): "Body Baton"

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.

“Body Baton” is a concept developed by musician/performance artist Maxx Katz during our time together at the Atlantic Center for the Arts. A small ensemble of musicians will be “conducted” by movement artist B’Rael. This project explores various facets of interdisciplinary improvisation and cue music.

B’Rael Ali Thunder - movement

HD - reeds, percussion

Anton Hatwich - bass

Juan Pastor - percussion

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Strange Winds at The Charleston
Sep
9
9:00 PM21:00

Strange Winds at The Charleston

A new improvising chamber group organized by New Orleans trumpeter/composer Alex Massa

Alex Massa - trumpet/flugelhorn
Ben LaMar Gay - cornet
Cyrus Nabipoor - trumpet
Gerald Bailey - trumpet
Mai Sugimoto - alto saxophone
Arthur Black - tenor saxophone, bass clarinet
Hunter Diamond - tenor saxophone, clarinet

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Duo with Charles Rumback at Bordel
Sep
4
9:30 PM21:30

Duo with Charles Rumback at Bordel

Using a multitude of woodwinds and percussive sounds, we’ll be exploring the intimate and powerful possibilities of the historic tenor/drums improvised duo. No covers, no cover.

Bordel has no specified sign or entrance. Enter the Black Bull (also at 1721 W Division), and walk through the concealed door and up the stairs.

Drummer, composer, bandleader, and all around creative musician, Charles Rumback performs in many varied and disparate musical settings from deep inside the jazz tradition to the periphery of its outer rings on his third album Threes. Rumback always maintains his characteristic sound and personal language, from the blurry fringes of rock to backing the most plaintive singer-songwriters, with a musical voice that is instantly recognizable.

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New Works residency (night 1): "Broken Music"
Sep
3
9:00 PM21:00

New Works residency (night 1): "Broken Music"

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.

“Broken Music” is a set of compositions that was written during a time of deep personal grief, and aims to reflect the arc of emotional range one travels during periods of growth.

HD - tenor saxophone, clarinet

James Davis - trumpet

Jason Roebke - bass

Quin Kirchner - drums

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Duo with Dana Hall at Bordel
Aug
28
9:30 PM21:30

Duo with Dana Hall at Bordel

Using a multitude of woodwinds and percussive sounds, we’ll be exploring the intimate and powerful possibilities of the historic tenor/drums improvised duo. No covers, no cover.

Bordel has no specified sign or entrance. Enter the Black Bull (also at 1721 W Division), and walk through the concealed door and up the stairs.

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Mama Roux at the California Clipper
Aug
24
10:00 PM22:00

Mama Roux at the California Clipper

Led by pianist/vocalist Cole DeGenova, Mama Roux celebrates the music of ‘50s-’70s New Orleans by performing songs by James Booker, Professor Longhair, Dr. John, Fats Domino, Lee Dorsey, the Neville brothers, and more.

The California Clipper is a Circa-1937 bar with a revamped yet still retro space & a huge list of old-fashioned cocktails.

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Jazz on da Block
Aug
24
11:00 AM11:00

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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Davis Rogan at Toons Bar
Aug
10
4:00 PM16:00

Davis Rogan at Toons Bar

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 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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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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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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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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