Source: Chicago Magazine.
When the Art Ensemble of Chicago plays the Chicago Jazz Festival this month, saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell will be the only original member onstage — the only one of the four founders still alive. But to Mitchell, it’s not about who is performing; it’s about the group’s enduring legacy of pushing boundaries. “The mission hasn’t changed,” says Mitchell, 79. “We always said, ‘Look, if the Art Ensemble gets down to one person, that’s the Art Ensemble.’ We’re doing now what we would have been doing 50 years ago: developing ourselves creatively.”