From the Chicago Jazz Festival, highlights include:
Steve Coleman and Five Elements
Sept. 2 7:10 – 8:10 PM Petrillo Music Shell
Steve Coleman, proclaimed the Wall Street Journal, is “the most influential jazzman of his era.” Said the great young pianist Vijay Iyer, a longtime associate of Coleman’s, the Chicago native has “affected more than one generation, as much as anyone since John Coltrane.”
Ken Vandermark’s Resonance Ensemble
Sept. 1 6:00 – 6:55 PM Petrillo Music Shell
In 2007, Marek Winiarski, who runs the Polish jazz label Not Two, invited Ken Vandermark to Krakow to record a large-scale project. The eternally deadline-pressed Vandermark was offered the irresistible opportunity to spend a full week writing for this hand-picked 11-piece band.
Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra
Sept. 2 6:00 – 6:55 PM Petrillo Music Shell
The personnel of Denmark’s New Jungle Orchestra has changed during its 30-plus years together, and so have its creative outposts. Having traveled to such places as the Middle East and China for inspiration, the NJO recently booked passage on the Trivandrum Express for its latest recording, Sketches of India.
Ken Vandermark and Joe McPhee
Aug. 31 5:00 – 6:00 PM Ganz Hall – Roosevelt University
Imagine idolizing a musician as a teenager and not only getting to play with that musician years later, but also forging a close association with him. In 1996, Vandermark brought McPhee to the Empty Bottle for his first-ever performance in Chicago. The rest is history.
Ken Vandermark’s Made to Break Quartet
Sept 2. 2:20 – 3:15 PM Jazz on Jackson Stage
Keeping up with Ken Vandermark’s new bands is a little like keeping up with the Chicago weather: Turn your head and you may miss a new development. The Made for Break Quartet is one of his most far-reaching projects.
Ken Vandermark and Paal Nilssen-Love
Sept. 1 2:00 – 3:00 PM Jazz and Heritage Stage
Few contemporary artists are doing as much to advance the art of the saxophone-drum duo as Artist in Residence Ken Vandermark, whose trap set opposites have included British great Paul Lytton, Chicago ace Tim Daisy and Paal Nilssen-Love, a hard-hitting Norwegian with impeccable credentials.
Jason Stein Quartet
Sept. 1 1:10 – 2:05 PM Jazz on Jackson Stage
Okay, time to take a special jazz festival listener’s poll. Name your favorite bass clarinetist who leads his own band and has a terrific album to show for it. There’s a catch: It can’t be someone who doubles on the instrument. It has to be a full-time bass clarinetist. The top voter-getter (and, OK, the only vote-getter) is Chicago’s own Jason Stein.
Aug 31, Sept 1, Sept 2
Saxophonist and composer Ken Vandermark as its Artist in Residence for this year’s festival. The Chicago Jazz Festival exclusively names Chicago artists for its Artist in Residence program, now in its tenth year, commissioning large-scale compositions and presenting multiple performance opportunities over the course of the four day festival.