Tues, Feb. 18: Jonah Parzen Johnson
A resident of Brooklyn NY, Jonah plays music for solo baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer. In July 2017, Jonah released his third full length solo album, ‘I Try To Remember Where I Come From’ (Clean Feed). The release has been described as, “haunted by abstraction but guided by a compassionate pulse,” (New York Times), as it, “vividly channels free-jazz with elements of improvisation and composition, combining to create a sustained meditative mood, transporting listeners to another world.” (Downbeat Magazine). A Chicago native, Jonah’s circular breathing, multi-phonics and inclusively experimental style owe a debt to the Chicago saxophone legacy, but his devotion to a quirky almost vocal approach places him in new territory for the instrument. Since 2012, Jonah has toured over 40 thousand miles, by himself, across the US, Canada, and Europe. Highlights include shows at The Stone in New York NY, Constellation in Chicago IL, Culturgest in Lisbon, Suoni Per il Popolo festival in Montreal, and the Creative Music Guild Improvisors Summit in Portland OR. Doors at 8 pm; $12.
Friday, Feb. 21: Full Spectrum (Skeeter Shelton, Ali Colding, Akunda Hollis, Keith Glass)
Saxophone great Skeeter Shelton brings us the latest installment of his Spectrum series of ensembles: Full Spectrum. This quartet version finds Skeeter surrounding himself with three percussionists including the legendary Ali Colding on drumkit, master percussionist Akunda Hollis on Djembe and a rare turn for Keith Glass on conga. Skeeter has always excelled in the drum and sax duo format- a partial result of his father’s influence (drummer Ajarmu of the AACM)- and he’ll have a new release in that configuration with Hamid Drake this spring. But this triple percussion line-up is totally new. Expect excursions reminiscent of Coltrane’s Meditations, Interstellar Space or Sun Ship.
Doors at 8 pm; $12.
3/15: Ken Vandermark with Laul Pytton and Nate Wooley
4/16 Six Organs of Admittance