Chicago’s Velvet Lounge will be the place for Anderson’s upcoming birthday celebrations.
There will be a series of gala celebration concerts for the great Chicago master tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson‘s 80th birthday (which is on March 22nd).
The dates for the festivities are Sunday, March 15th; Wednesday-Sunday, March 18th-22nd; and Wednesday, March 25th.
All the concerts will take place at Fred’s Velvet Lounge, 67 East Cermak Rd. betw. S. Michigan & S. Wabash Ave’s, Chicago, 312-791-9O5O
Except that the program on March 25th is at the Hideout, 1354 West Wabansia, 773-227-4433.
Musicians participating on the various nights will include: Fred Anderson / Harrison Bankhead / Hamiet Bluiett / Mwata Bowden / Billy Brimfield / Ari Brown / Richard Davis / Ernest Dawkins / Hamid Drake / Kahil el’Zabar / Douglas Ewart / Henry Grimes / Edward “Kidd” Jordan / Nicole Mitchell / Dushun Mosley / Jeff Parker / Avreeayl Ra / Chad Taylor / Ed Wilkerson, Jr. / Corey Wilkes / Francis Wong / the star-studded AACM Great Black Music Ensemble, and many more throughout the festivities.
Times and ticket prices vary; advance tickets are recommended and available from the Velvet Lounge; and all proceeds benefit the Velvet Lounge. A local map is available at