Evan Parker: Making Music From Music

Evan Parker’s upcoming Chicago show is previewed in the Reader:

Evan Parker & Ned Rothenberg
Sun 9/27, 3 PM, Claudia Cassidy Theater, Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington, 312-744-6630.

British saxophonist Evan Parker, who plays a free concert with reedist Ned Rothenberg on Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center, is one of the most instantly recognizable improvisers in the world. He’s developed an idiosyncratic vocabulary distinguished by mastery of circular breathing and polyphonics, and throughout a career spanning more than four decades he’s stayed open to new ideas. A committed sonic explorer, he’s had a dizzying variety of collaborators—he’s made pioneering music with the likes of Derek Bailey and Peter Brötzmann and he’s played in a swing band with Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts.

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Chicago Jazz Shows This Weekend

From the Chicago Tribune:

Douglas Ewart‘s Nyahbingi Drum Choir,9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd.; $5-$15; 312-791-9050. Multi-instrumentalist Ewart leads a number of innovative ensembles, but the Nyahbingi Drum Choir stands out among them. Fusing aspects of Jamaica’s “mento” music (a forerunner of ska and reggae) with the improvisational techniques of Chicago’s South Side avant-garde, the Nyahbingi Drum Choir mines Afro-Caribbean rhythms unlike anything else in Ewart’s oeuvre. Unfortunately, Ewart has recorded just a couple of tracks with this ensemble since he established the group, in 1986. But he promises to release a full-fledged CD later this year. Until then, the live performance is the only place to encounter the original compositions and Jamaican folkloric tunes that are central to the Nyahbingi Drum Choir, which will include vocalist Dee Alexander, reedist Edward Wilkerson Jr., and a core of musicians playing hand-held percussion.

Nicole Mitchell,7:30 p.m. Saturday at Harper College Performing Arts Center, 1200 W. Algonquin Rd., Palatine; $15-$25; 847-925-6100. Though the protean Chicago flutist seems to thrive in all settings, she doesn’t perform as often in concert halls as her artistry merits. This event offers a welcome opportunity to hear her in a serious listening room, where she’ll lead her quartet.

Isaiah Spencer,6 p.m. Sunday at the Velvet Lounge, 67 E. Cermak Rd.; $5-$10; 312-791-9050. Freewheeling jam sessions aren’t as abundant as they were in an earlier era, yet several have been sprouting in Chicago clubs in recent years. Spencer, a propulsive young drummer, has been inviting all comers to this weekly session, in which he leads a core group staffed by fellow young lions, including saxophonist Kevin Nabors, multi-instrumentalist Christopher McBride, trumpeter Sayid Chrisberg, guitarist Scott Hesse and bassist Junius Paul (depending on who’s in town).

Ari Brown,9 p.m. Tuesday at Andy’s Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10; 312-642-6805. Busier than ever, Chicago saxophonist Brown proves that the combination of bebop syntax and free-jazz experimentation can appeal to a mainstream audience.

Ab Baars Trio with Ken Vandermark,7 p.m. Wednesday at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.; free; 312-744-6630. Launching their Chicago residency amid a brisk, North American tour, Dutch reedist Baars and his Chicago counterpart Vandermark should be in fighting form.

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3rd Annual Umbrella Music Festival

Alexander von Schlippenbach, German jazz pianistImage via Wikipedia Coming soon to Chicago, the 3rd Annual Umbrella Music Festival:

Wednesday, November 5th at The Chicago Cultural Center

6:00 PM : Christian Weber Quartet Switzerland
6:45 PM : Elisabeth Harnik Group Austria
7:30 PM : Mikolaj Trzaska Trio Poland
8:15 PM : Schlippenbach/Lovens Duo Germany
9:00 PM : ZU Italy
10:00 PM : Braam/de Joode/Vatcher The Netherlands

Thursday, November 6th at The Velvet Lounge
9:00 PM : Rempis/Kessler/Vatcher
10:00 PM : Josh Berman Quintet
11:00 PM : Alexander von Schlippenbach Solo

Friday, November 7th at Elastic
9:00 PM : Harnik/Bauder/Roebke
10:00 PM : John Tchicai Solo
11:00 PM : Bik-Bent-Braam Chicago Version

Saturday, November 8th at The Hideout
9:00 PM : Trzaska/O Reilly/Weber/Fujiwara
10:00 PM : Tchicai/Drake Duo
11:00 PM : Douglas Ewart And Inventions

Sunday, November 9th at The Hungry Brain
9:00 PM : Baker/Williams/Sandstrom/Hunt
10:00 PM : Taylor Ho Bynum Quintet
11:00 PM : John Tchicai Septet

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