Source: Chicago Tribune.
Cellist Tomeka Reid ardently believes that string players can bring new sounds to jazz — but don’t often get to. Which is why she created the Chicago Jazz String Summit, which this weekend launches its fifth edition. As in the past, Reid has convened violinists, violists, cellists, oud players and other string musicians spanning a wide stylistic range, from straight-ahead jazz to the far reaches of the avant-garde. From Friday through Sunday, performers familiar and obscure, from Chicago and beyond, will play in bands led not by saxophones, trumpets, pianos and vocals – but strings.