Performances Reviews

Umbrella Music Festival 2009

Chicago’s Umbrella Music Festival, that took place in November, is reviewed.

If jazz is to survive in a modern world without the support of major labels or corporate funding, it will be through the efforts of organizations like Umbrella Music, “a group of Chicago-based musicians and presenters working together to provide concert opportunities for creative and improvising musicians.” Residents of the Windy City are treated to three weekly series at venues Elastic, the Hideout, and the Hungry Brain featuring local and visiting musicians. The group, made up of Josh Berman, Mitch Cocanig, Mike Reed, Dave Rempis and Ken Vandermark, is also responsible for the annual Umbrella Music Festival, less a stand-alone event than a culmination of their work throughout the year.

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