Chicago Scene: October 13-20, 2018

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

Saturday, October 13th 2018

7:30PM at the Logan Center Performance Hall, 915 E 60th, 773.702.ARTS ($15)
Yarn/Wire — music by Misato Mochizuki, Enno Poppe, Will Myers, David Clay Mettens

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Shells : Shelley Salant solo
Kuzu : Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon — Record release

Sunday, October 14th 2018

8:00PM at Sugar Maple, 441 E Lincoln Ave, Milwaukee WI, 414.481.2393
Kuzu : Dave Rempis, Tashi Dorji, Tyler Damon

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10) (35) : 2018 season opener — music by D Edward Davis, Carolyn Chen, Matthew Shlomowitz, Christine Burke, Laura Cetilia
Carol Genetti

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jaimie Branch + Friends
Vibrating Skull Trio : John McCowen, Eli Namay, Phil Sudderberg

Monday, October 15th 2018

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Ed Wilkerson Jr, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, October 17th 2018

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($15-$12)
Jakob Bro with Thomas Morgan, Joey Baron

Thursday, October 18th 2018

7:30PM at the Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan ($20-$10)
Sun Ra Arkestra

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Tim Daisy’s Metamatic Percussion with Phil Sudderberg, Julian Kirshner

Saturday, October 20th 2018

1:00PM-5:00PM at Lampo Annex, 53 W Jackson, St 1656
Jeff Witscher aka Rene Hell (Timed tickets, RSVP)

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Jazzword Reviews 

Source: Jazzword.

Wadada Leo Smith
Reflections and Meditations on Monk

Dave Ballou
Quadrants for Solo Trumpet

Stephanie Richards
Full Moon

Rob Mazurek
Chimeric Stoned Horn

Susana Santos Silva
All The Rivers

Dave Holland/Evan Parker/Craig Taborn/Ches Smith
Uncharted Territories

Aaron Shragge & Ben Monder
This World of Dew

Tyshawn Sorey’s ‘Pillars’ Reviewed

Source: Rolling Stone.

More than a decade ago, Tyshawn Sorey, then best known as a rising-star jazz drummer, informed listeners that he had no intention of playing it by the book. “The usual expectation of a recording of compositions by a drummer is that the drums will be featured throughout,” Sorey wrote in the liner notes to his austere, challenging 2007 double album That/Not. “This album runs contrary to such a notion.” He went on to say that “the technical aspect of the music is beside the point.”

In retrospect, Sorey — who also plays trombone and piano, and who won a MacArthur “Genius Grant” in 2017 — was writing a manifesto for his career as a composer and bandleader. His individualistic streak reaches its latest apex on Pillars, a sprawling, mysterious and at times thrilling new three-disc set that runs to nearly four hours.

George Lewis & Nameless Sound/Shepherd School Ensemble in Houston, October 18

Source: Nameless Sound.

George Lewis’ Creative Construction Set™
performed by a combined ensemble of musicians from Nameless Sound and the The Shepherd School of Music under the direction of George Lewis

George Lewis – composer, director

Ryan Edwards – guitar
Erin Graham – percussion
Lisa Harris – voice
David Jones – french horn
Justin Jones – voice, synthesizer
Lucas Lemonholm – electric bass
Rebecca Novak – cornet, objects
Jake Sandridge – electronics, samples
Jacob Schafer – violin
Jawwaad Taylor – trumpet, electronics, voice/mc
Max Vinetz – doublebass
Joe Wilson – saxophone


Thursday, October 18
7:30 – 9:30PM
at Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University
Campus Entrance 8
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This concert is free of charge.


Creative Construction Set™ (CCSTM) is a mobile, open-form, open-instrumentation work for an ensemble of eight or more musical performers who use a set of instruction cards to create and explore sonic environments. In CCSTM, musical decisions are produced via social relations, where discontinuity, support, and struggle become audible pathways to larger lessons for societies seeking to remain open to change and justice. CCSTM was originally created for the Berlin Splitter-Orchester; the title of the work pays homage to the “Creative Construction Company,” a jazz collective which emerged as part of the experimental African American composer-performer collective, the Association for the Advancement of Creative

James Brandon Lewis Trio at Firehouse 12 on October 19

Source: New Haven’s Firehouse 12.

Featuring: James Brandon Lewis (tenor saxophone), Luke Stewart (bass), Warren G Crudup III (drums).

Firehouse 12 is very pleased to present saxophonist James Brandon Lewis on October 19, in his debut on the Jazz Concert Series. Born in Buffalo NY, Lewis recruited the Washington DC based rhythm section of bassist Luke Stewart and drummer Warren Trae Crudup III for this group. Together, their free improvisations in a funk idiom wed Coltrane and Band of Gypsies-era Hendrix, with a nod to major jazz-and-groove exemplars in the meanwhile, from Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time bands to A Tribe Called Quest. This concert will draw on music from the trio’s 2016 release No Filter.