This Week at the Velvet Lounge.

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From the Velvet Lounge:

Saturday, 12/26 — Umoja (Unity) with the Kahil El’ Zabar Quartet featuring Kevin Nabors, Justin Dillard, and Junius Paul;

Thursday, 12/31 — Kuumba (Creativity)/New Years Eve party with Nicole Mitchell & the Black Earth with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson ($25 cover includes party favors, snacks & Champagne toast);

Friday, January 1 – Imani (Faith)/New Years party with the AACM Experimental Chamber Ensemble featuring Dee Alexander, Ann Ward, Taalib-din & Saalik Ziyad, Douglas Ewart, Mwata Bowden, Tomeka Reid, Art “Turk” Burton, Avreeayl Ra, and more tba;

Saturday, January 2 – Holiday weekend finale with James Sanders & Conjunto featuring Willy Garcia, Kevin O’ Connell, Brent Benteler, Roel Trevino, Jean-Christophe Leroy, with special guest cameo appearance by Fred Anderson.

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Creative Music Workshop at the Chicago Jazz Fest

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From All About Jazz:

Chicago, IL – September 2nd and 3rd the Chicago Jazz Festival, a partnership between the Chicago Mayor’s Office of Special Events and the Jazz Institute of Chicago, presents the Chicago Creative Music Workshop (CCMW), under the direction of Nicole Mitchell and Renee Baker. Sponsored by the Chicago Jazz Festival and the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University, the CCMW will offer a unique opportunity to learn from master improvisers and perform with them in a variety of settings.

Why start a Creative Music workshop in Chicago? Co-Director Nicole Mitchell explains: “Creative music is one of Chicago’s greatest cultural strengths. It’s a local secret that has long been praised internationally. Perhaps the seed was the early work of Sun Ra, and later, the inception of the AACM, with its great trailblazers including Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Anthony Braxton, George Lewis and many more. Chicago is the perfect home for this endeavor. Creative music is now more vital than ever here; it incubates at Fred Anderson’s Velvet Lounge, Elastic Arts and the Hungry Brain and reverberates throughout the world. We owe it to Chicago to provide a place and time where international and local Chicago musicians of this distinct, high level music can study, talk about and develop this music, in an accessible educational environment.”

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A Revamped AACM Steps Forward

From the Chicago Reader:

Chicago’s venerable AACM recently underwent an executive shuffle that brought in some young blood. Flutist Nicole Mitchell continues in the top spot, but drummer Mike Reed has signed on as vice chair, cellist Tomeka Reid is the new treasurer, and vocalist Saalik Ziyad has stepped in as secretary.

The revamped leadership recently announced its first new endeavor, the Nomadic Sound Experiment, a bimonthly concert series designed to bring the AACM’s music to different parts of the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Anthony Braxton Concerts

Upcoming Anthony Braxton shows:

2009:
Sun, Jul-12
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, HOLLAND
Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Trio [AB reeds, elec, Taylor Ho Bynum brass, Mary Halvorson g]

2010:
Fri, Jan-29
Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton 12 1tet [AB reeds, Taylor Ho Bynum cor, Jessica Pavone vla, Jay Rozen tba, Carl Testa b, Aaron Siegel perc, Mary Halvorson g, Steve Lehman reeds, James Fei reeds, Andrew Raffo Dewar reeds, Reut Regev tb, Sara Schoenbeck bsn, Nicole Mitchell fl]

Sun, Jan-31
Roundhouse Festival Hall, Vancouver, CANADA
Anthony Braxton Sonic Genome Project

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Flutist Nicole Mitchell’s Sonic Projections at the Stone

Nicole Mitchell will be playing the Stone:

Creative flutist Nicole Mitchell will celebrate the New Year with new musical projects at the Stone, on Jan 2 and 3, including saxophonist David Boykin, pianist Vijay Ayer, guitarist Mary Halvorson and drummer Chad Taylor

On January 2, 2009, at 10pm, Nicole Mitchell will present her Sonic Projections I, with tenor saxophonist David Boykin, pianist Vijay Ayer and drummer Chad Taylor.

On January 3rd, at 8pm, Mitchell’s Sonic Projections II will include guitarist Mary Halvorson, tenor saxophonist David Boykin and drummer Chad Taylor.

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