2014 Chicago Jazz Festival Lineup Announced

English: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Chicago
Jay Pritzker Pavilion

From Jazz in Chicago, the Chicago Jazz Festival will take place August 28-31. Highlights below.

Thursday, August 28

Claudia Cassidy Theater
12:15 – 1:15 Keefe Jackson’s Likely So
1:45 – 2:45 David Boykin Expanse

Roosevelt University’s Ganz Hall
4:00 – 6:00 Sun Ra Panel Discussion

Millennium Park – Jay Pritzker Pavilion – Final Made in Chicago Concert
6:30 Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera

Friday, August 29

Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade)
1:10 – 2:05 Joshua Abrams Quartet

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
7:10 – 8:10 Myra Melford

Saturday, August 30

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)
2:00 – 3:00 Chicago Underground Duo

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
5:00 – 5:50 Ari Brown Quintet
8:30 – 9:30 Dave Holland, Kevin Eubanks, Craig Taborn, Eric Harland: PRISM

Sunday, August 31

Jazz and Heritage Pavilion (North Promenade)
12:30 – 1:30 Tomeka Reid Quartet
2:00 – 3:00 Sun Rooms

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
8:30 – 9:30 Sun Ra Arkestra

AMN Picks of the Week: Rich Halley / Led Bib / Reutoff & Sal Solaris / Treha Sektori

Led Bib at the Vortex 10/4/07
Led Bib at the Vortex

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Rich Halley 4 – The Wisdom of Rocks (2014)
Led Bib – The Good Egg (2014)
Led Bib – The People in Your Neighbourhood (2014)
Reutoff & Sal Solaris – Eigengrau (2014)
Treha Sektori – Severh Sehenh (2014)

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

Nigel Samways :: Double review
Nick Gill :: On není jako on (Effra Press)
John Lemke :: Walizka EP (Denovali)
Nicolas Bernier :: frequencies (a / fragments) (Line)
Gavin Toomey :: Boxer / Brawler (Self-Released)
Fraction :: Dromos EP (Infiné)
Vittoria Fleet :: Acht (n5MD)

Sonar, Meredith Monk, Marc Ribot Reviewed

Meredith Monk
Cover of Meredith Monk

From The Buffalo News:

Stephan Thelen and Bernhard Wagner are guitar heroes. Or rather, the two, members of Swiss progressive/new music group Sonar, are guitar anti-heroes, and the band’s new effort, “Static Motion,” is a revolutionary shot across the bow for what we might consider to be the possibilities of modern day guitar music. Thelen, Wagner, drummer Manuel Pasquinelli, and bassist Christian Kuntner have crafted an anti-hero’s masterpiece here, an album that radically reinvents instrumental interplay in the (vaguely, at least) rock setting.

A New Focus on Eric Dolphy, in Washington and Montclair

Eric Dolphy
Cover of Eric Dolphy

From NYTimes.com:

In the jazz of the 1960s, Eric Dolphy was an original: a hero to some, but also a mystery, a virtuosic improviser searching for ways of expression outside of common practice. He died of an undiagnosed diabetic condition in Berlin in June 1964, at 36, old enough to consolidate his experience and wisdom but perhaps too young to settle his reputation, which had by then taken some knocks from those who found his music abstract or abrasive.