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Ira Sullivan Quartet at the Jazz Showcase 9/2-6 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 29 August 2015
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Ira Sullivan


Ira Sullivan is one the true jazz greats of our time, master of trumpet, flugelhorn, tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, and flute.  Now residing in Florida, Sullivan was a vital part of the Chicago jazz scene of the 1950s and, in 1956, was a member of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. Ira Sullivand and friends  will be performing at the Jazz Showcase on Wednesday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 6th. One of his friends is Stu Katz with a 57-year history of performing together, going back to their 1954 meeting in their hometown of Chicago. Ron Perello, Larry Gray and Greg Artry will round out the ensemble.   After fest jams continue through the weekend.
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Tootie Heath Trio With Ethan Iverson and Ben Street in Chicago and Minneapolis PDF Print
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Sunday, 23 August 2015
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Tootie Heath with Ethan Iverson and Ben Street

The youngest of the famed Heath Brothers, drummer Albert "Tootie" Heath has performed with a wide range of jazz artists, from John Coltrane to Cedar Walton to Herbie Hancock to Anthony Braxton, and most recently, with much younger stars Ethan Iverson and Ben Street. With Iverson and Street, Heath has recorded three albums, including the just-released Philadelphia Beat (Sunnyside). The trio is touring in support of the new release, landing at Constellation in Chicago (August 28-29) and at the Dakota in Minneapolis (August 30).

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Jazz Legend Gary Bartz at the Jazz Showcase 8/20-23 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 15 August 2015

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Gary Bartz

Alto saxophonist Gary Bartz was awarded a Grammy Award with McCoy Tyner in 2005 (‘Illuminations’).  Known as a leader and trail-blazer, he also toured and recorded with the Max Roach/Abbey Lincoln Group, Art Blakey's Jazz Messangers, and the Miles Davis group. His recent recordings include Coltrane Rules: Tao Music Warrior and the soon to be released Coltrane Rules: Tao Music Warrior Volume II and an album honoring Woody Shaw entitled Two MF’s. He has recorded more than 40 solo albums and over 200 as a guest artist. Gary Bartz will perform at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, August 20th throughSunday, August 23rd.
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Charles McPherson Quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago, August 6-9 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 02 August 2015
He is a singular voice who has never sacrificed the fluidity of his melody making, and is held in high esteem by musicians both long seasoned and young." –Stanley Crouch, New York Times
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Charles McPherson Andrea Canter

"The real fact of the matter is that everybody has been influenced by Charlie Parker. Charlie Parker is like Bach. So it would be like saying people that have heard Bach are influenced by Bach. Well, of course you are because certain people have added so much to the language that it becomes part of the language. ..Yes, you are influenced, even if you don’t know it. Twenty-five generations removed, you are because his language is in the language".-  Charles McPherson form a Jazz Police interview by Maxwell Chandler

August is Charlie Parker Month at the Jazz Showcase. From Thursday, August 6th through Sunday, August 9th the Jazz Showcase will present  bebop/hard bop master Charles McPherson with quartet. This is real jazz, pure and simple by one of its finest practitioners. As long as bebop masters like McPherson are still playing, Bird lives.

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