John Sutton Group at The Dawson
Jan
23
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
Jan
30
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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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