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Eric Alexander / Harold Mabern Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, June 26-29 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 22 June 2014


Eric Alexander @copy; Andrea Canter

It just doesn't get better than this. Eric Alexander is unquestionably one of the top tenor saxophonists playing today, his mastery of the music and his instrument are unsurpassed. Eric's friend and mentor, Harold Mabern is one of jazz's most respected and skilful pianists. As sideman and leader, Mabern has played with many jazz greats inclluding Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Wes Montgomery, Benny Golson and Sarah Vaughan. He has been a member of the groundbreaking groups the Jazztet, MJT+3 and the Contemporary Piano Ensemble. Join them as they perform with their quartet at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, June 26th through Sunday, June 29th with sets at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. nightly and a 4:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday afternoon.

Moutin Factory Quintet at the Green Mill June 20-21 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 15 June 2014
François and Louis Moutin

In 2013, François and Louis Moutin have created a new band after touring with their Reunion Quartet for more than a decade. The very first performance of the Moutin Factory Quintet took place at the famous festival Jazz Festival in Marciac in August 2013. The first album "Lucky People" was released in September 2013, and the band has toured intensively in France from October through December 2013, performing concerts and in festivals like Nancy Jazz Pulsation nad D'Jazz Nevers. Now touring the US, the Moutin Factory Quintet featuring François Moutin on upright bass, Louis Moutin on drums, Manu Codjia on guitar, Thomas Enhco on piano, and Christophe Monniot on alto & sopranino saxophone will appear at the Green Mill on Friday, June 20th and Saturday, June 21st.
Jeremy Pelt Quintet at the Jazz Showcase, June 12-15 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 09 June 2014
Jeremy Pelt © Andrea Canter

eremy Pelt has become one of the preeminent young trumpeters within the world of jazz. Forging a bond with the Mingus Big Band very early on, as his career progressed, Pelt built upon these relationships and many others which eventually lead to collaborations with some of the genre's greatest masters. These projects include performances and recordings with Bobby "Blue" Bland, Ravi Coltrane, Frank Foster, Winard Harper, Jimmy Heath, Vincent Herring, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Short, Cedar Walton, Frank Wess, Nancy Wilson, to name a few. Jeremy Pelt appears with his quintet at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, June 12th through Sunday, June 15th.
Dave King Trucking Company at Constellation, 6/4 PDF Print
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Monday, 26 May 2014

Dave King © Andrea Canter

Drummer/composer Dave King has become enamored with the concept of bridging the gap between American roots music and the avant-garde.  King has become a well-known figure in a number of fantastic ensembles ranging from rock to jazz, including the Bad Plus, Happy Apple and Halloween, Alaska.  King has used The Trucking Company as a palette for mixing both musical styles and superior musical talents not of the mainstream.  King along with saxophonists Chris Speed and Brandon Wozniak, guitarist Erik Fratzke, bass player Adam Linz will appear at Constellation on Wednesday, June 4th at 9:30 pm.
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