FR 8/28 – Tomeka Reid Quartet @ Mahall’s Locker Room 9pm
“A cellist of wide musical interests and deepening achievement as composer and improviser” (Chicago Tribune), Reid brings with her quartet, who worked together in the Sun Ra tribute project Living By Lanterns (Cuneiform Records), some of the most in-demand players in new music: guitarist Mary Halvorson, bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Tomas Fujiwara.
WE 9/2 – Ken Vandermark & Paal Nilssen-Love Duo w/ Oblique Orchestra @ Beachland Tavern 8:30pm
Formed in 2002 after their work together in the Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentett, the duo of Nilssen-Love (drums) and Vandermark (reeds) have toured internationally every year, this time to promote their eighth album. Their approach to the duo context is ferocious in its intensity, combining extreme rhythmic velocity with formal deconstruction and re-assembly.
FR 9/11 – Cortex @ Guide To Kulchur 9pm
Cortex (Thomas Johansson, trumpet; Kristoffer Berre Alberts, saxophone; Ola Høyer, bass; Gard Nilssen, drums) is “one of the greatest bands currently working in Norway” (AllAboutJazz.com) and delivers “high-velocity improvisations that fall somewhere between the tempo-shifting alacrity of John Zorn’s Masada and the harnessed chaos of Hal Russell’s NRG Ensemble” (The Chicago Reader).
FR 9/18 – The Chicago Plan (Swell / Ullmann / Lonberg-Holm / Zerang) @ Survival Kit 9pm
Collaborating for ten years, this group teams Berlin saxophonist Gebhard Ullmann and New York trombonist Steve Swell with one of Chicago’s finest rhythm sections: Fred Lonberg-Holm (cello/electronics) and percussionist Michael Zerang. This truly international collaboration breaks new ground for what Jazz and New Music ensembles’ approach to what creative music can be.
FR 9/25 – Tipple (Gjerstad / Watson / Norton) @ Bop Stop 8pm
A 40-year veteran reed man and regular visitor to Cleveland with his ongoing traditional trio, Norwegian Frode Gjerstad brings a new trio this time that features David Watson (electric guitar) and Kevin Norton (vibes, drums), who “allow him to develop a group sound that’s as flexible as a large orchestra but also highly mobile” (Brian Morton, Point of Departure).
WE 9/30 – The Thing @ The Bop Stop 8pm
This Scandanavian power trio (Mats Gustafsson, reeds; Ingebrigt Håker Flaten, bass; Paal Nilssen-Love, drums) began as a tribute to Albert Ayler’s legendary trumpeter Don Cherry but quickly moved into hard rock terrain, covering tunes by The Sonics, P J Harvey and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, as well recording with avant-rock luminaries like Thurston Moore, Jim O’Rourke and Neneh Cherry.
SA 10/10 – Christoph Erb (Switzerland) / Frank Rosaly / Jim Baker w/ Bbob Drake – Ben Bennett Duo @ Mahall’s Locker Room 9pm
Christoph Erb is an explosive reedist from Switzerland, who has maintained strong ties with Chicago players since visiting there in 2011. This trio teams him with James Baker, a pianist and ARP synth master, and highly acclaimed drummer Frank Rosaly. The group offers “a multi-vectored convergence of aesthetics and energies” (Bill Meyer) evoking Sun Ra, Roscoe Mitchell and Jimmy Giuffre.
TH 10/22 – Rempis Percussion Ensemble @ Happy Dog at Euclid Tavern 9pm
This quartet is a free-improvising whirlwind that draws inspiration from a shared interest in West African and Latin American rhythms, American funk and free jazz. All group members have played Cleveland recently in different contexts: Rempis (Renga Ensemble, Ballister) on reeds, Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (The Thing) on bass, and both Frank Rosaly and Tim Daisy (Vandermark 5, Vox Arcana) on drums.
WE 11/4 – Jack Wright / Zachary Darrup @ Guide To Kulchur 9pm
Described twenty years ago as an “undergrounder by design,” Wright has been an avant-garde saxophone improviser traveling through the US and Europe since the early 80s in search of interesting partners and playing situations. This tour finds Wright teamed with Zachary Darrup, an improvising guitarist in the rural coal region of Pennsylvania and currently living in Philadelphia.
MO 11/9 – Tim Daisy “On The Ground” / Warchester @ The Bop Stop 8pm
On The Ground is a solo project by Chicago-based percussionist Tim Daisy, exploring connections between acoustic and electronic sounds repurposing traditional and miscellaneous found sound objects. Multi-instrumentalist Anna Webber is an integral part of a new wave of the Brooklyn avant-garde jazz scene whose Warchester trio includes saxophonist Nathaniel Morgan and synthesizer by Liz Kosack.