Chicago Scene: December 26-29, 2015

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This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, December 26th 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio

Sunday, December 27th 2015

4:00PM-7:00PM at 1858 W Grand
AACM Pop Up Concerts
Annual Kwanzaa celebration featuring Ann Ward’s Matrix

9:30PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300
Tim Daisy Solo
Mars Williams, Tim Daisy

Monday, December 28th 2015

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, December 29th 2015

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Michael Zerang and The Blue Lights

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Jazz Listings From The New York Times

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Source: The New York Times.

The Bad Plus (Tuesday through Jan. 3) An acoustic piano trio with a collectivist heart, the Bad Plus holds fast to the idea of a group identity, essential and inviolable. This year the band released an excellent album with a respectful interloper, the saxophonist Joshua Redman, but for this annual booking, which includes a New Year’s Eve gig, the lineup will strictly feature core members: the pianist Ethan Iverson, the bassist Reid Anderson and the drummer Dave King. At 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.; at 9 p.m. only on Thursday, Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, 212-255-4037, (Chinen)

Mingus Big Band (Thursday) This well-stocked repertory band, which plays the ruggedly inventive music of Charles Mingus, has held a Monday-night residency here for years. The last time it set up shop in the club on New Year’s Eve, the resulting album, “Live at Jazz Standard,” won a Grammy Award. At 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street, Manhattan, 212-576-2232, (Chinen)

Tom Rainey Trio (Wednesday) Tom Rainey, a precisely off-kilter drummer, has broken into bandleading of late, often with the partners in this trio: Ingrid Laubrock, a tenor and soprano saxophonist of exploratory instincts, and Mary Halvorson, a guitarist with a sharp-splintered but flexible attack. At 8:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, 212-989-9319, (Chinen)

John Zorn Improv Night (Tuesday through Jan. 3) Anything goes, musically speaking, at a John Zorn improv party, which can feature any number of intrepid and open-minded musicians. This weeklong edition — as always, a benefit for Mr. Zorn’s nonprofit performance space, the Stone — will feature inspired collaborators like the cellist Okkyung Lee, the pianist Craig Taborn and the trombonist George Lewis. (Check the schedule for details.) At 8 p.m., Avenue C and Second Street, East Village, (Nate Chinen)