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Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble and Ice Crystal at the Green Mill 6/19-20 PDF Print
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Saturday, 13 June 2015

 Nicole Mitchell
Nicole Mitchell


Nicole Mitchell has been repeatedly awarded by DownBeat Critics Poll and the Jazz Journalists Association as “Top Flutist of the Year”. Mitchell’s music celebrates African American culture while reaching across genres and integrating new ideas with moments in the legacy of jazz, gospel, experimentalism, pop and African percussion through albums such as Black Unstoppable, Awakening, and Xenogenesis Suite: A Tribute to Octavia Butler, which received commissioning support from Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works. Ice Crystal featuring Nicole Mitchell on flute, Jason Adasiewicz on vibes, Joshua Abrams on bass, and Frank Rosaly on drummer performs on Friday, June 19th and Black Earth Ensemble featuring Nicole Mitchell on flute, Renee Baker on violin, Shanta Nurullah on sitar, Felton Offard on guitar, Thaddeus Tukes on vibraphone, Alex Wing on bass, and Jovia Armstrong on percussion performs on Saturday, Jume 20th at teh Green Mill in Chiago.
Bria Skonberg Quartet at the Jazz Showcase, 6/4-7 PDF Print
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Sunday, 31 May 2015
Bria Skonberg ©Tom Concordia
Trumpeter/vocalist /composer Bria Skonberg earned a Jazz Journalists’ Association nomination for “Up and Coming Jazz Artist of The Year” in 2013, and was included in DownBeat Magazine’s Rising Star Critics‘ Poll  for 2013/2014. She has recently been honored with a New York Bistro Award for “Outstanding Jazz Artist” and swept the 2014 Hot House Jazz Magazine Awards in all categories nominated: Best Jazz Artist, Best Trumpet, Best Female Vocalist and Best Group for the Bria Skonberg Quartet.  hear her with her quartet at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, June 4th through Sunday, June 7th.
Melissa Aldana Crash Trio at the Jazz Showcase, May 14-17 PDF Print
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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Chilean-born tenor saxophonist Melissa Aldana seemed to come out of nowhere to win the prestigious 2013 Thelonious Monk Competition, becoming the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win any of the Monk top honors in the 26-year history of the competition. She  released the album Melissa Aldana & Crash Trio last summer. It is the first recording featuring the three band mates together - Aldana, bassist Pablo Menares and drummer Francisco Mela (click here for a Jazz Police review).  Jochen Rueckert will replace Mela on drums when Melissa Aldana and her Crash Trio play the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, May 14th through Sunday, May 17th.
Pat Mallinger Quartet featuring Bill Carrothers at the Green Mill 5/1-2 PDF Print
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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Pat Mallinger © Andrea Canter

Pat Mallinger is one of Chicago's top saxophonists holding down regular gigs at the Jazz Showcase and the Green Mill. His quartet includes his old friend, the renowned pianist Bill Carrothers from the wilderness of Michigan's upper-peninsula. PMQ's 2014 release, Elevate, recieved a 4 start review in Downbeat Magazine in which it is called "Organically flowing, passionately played, highly recommended." Chicago Jazz Magazine says, "Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger’s seventh record, Elevate, is a sophisticated, intricately constructed and a tightly cohesive work without a single superfluous note".  The Pat Mallinger Quartet with Pat Mallinger on saxophones, Bill Carrothers on piano Dennis Carroll on bass, and George Fludas on drums will appear at the Green Mill in Chicago on Friday, May 1st and Saturday, May 2nd, After the Saturday night gig, stick around as Mallinger performs with Sabertooth until the wee, small hours.

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