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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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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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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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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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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"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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