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The Bobby Watson Quartet at the Jazz Showcase - Chicago 1/29-2/1 PDF Print
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Tuesday, 27 January 2015
Bobby Watson Andrea Canter

A saxophonist, composer, arranger and educator, Bobby Watson grew up in Kansas City, Kan. He trained formally at the University of Miami, a school with a distinguished and well-respected jazz program. After graduating, he proceeded to earn his "doctorate" – on the bandstand – as musical director of Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers. The group, created in 1955 by late legendary drummer who died in 1990, showcased a rotating cast of players, many who, like Watson, would go on to have substantial careers as bandleaders in their own right. The Bobby Watson Quarter (which also features with Willie Pickens on piano,  Marlene Rosenberg on bass, and Greg Artry on drums) will appear at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thursday, January 29th through Sunday, February 1st.
Ari Brown Quintet at the Jazz Showcase, 1/15-18 PDF Print
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Saturday, 10 January 2015
Ari Brown Leroy Bannister

 Ari Brown is a Chicago-based saxophonist and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. He has that big bold Chicago tone on tenor. Ari and his solidquintet  will play at the Jazz Showcase Chicago on Thursday, January 15th theough Sunday, January 18th. A veteran of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and Kahil El'Zabar's Ritual Trio, Ari has been a frequent collaborator with Chicago's avant-garde musicians. Recently he has been playing with Pharoah Sanders. His most recent  recording as a leader, a December 2007 release on Delmark called Ari Brown Live at the Green Mill received critical acclaim.  Ari Brown's Quintet features the same rhythm section as on that CD, including Kirk Brown on piano, Josef bin Israel on bass, and Avreeayl Ra on drums plus Dr. Cuz on percussion to the Jazz Showcase.
NEA Jazz Master Sheila Jordan and Steve Kuhn Duo at the Green Mill 1/9-10 PDF Print
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Monday, 05 January 2015


Sheila Jordan Andrea Canter

Sheila Jordan is not only one of the premier singers in jazz, but she is known for her stimulating vocal workshops as well. A superb scat singer, she can just as easily reach the emotional depths of a ballad. Whether singing well-known standards or original material, she makes it all sound like no one else. Over a career of a half-century and counting, Steve Kuhn has earned renown as one of the most lyrical and affecting pianists in jazz, with an unfailingly beautiful touch and a sophisticated sense of swing. Catch this stellar duo at the Green Mill in Chicago on Friday, January 9th and Saturday, January 10th. This one is too good to miss.
The Roy Hargrove Quintet at the Jazz Showcase Boxing Day through 1/4 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 20 December 2014

“…with a straight-ahead group, everyone has to contribute, (both) opening things up compositionally (and) keeping the program well-rounded.” -Roy Hargrove

Roy Hargrove © Andrea Canter

One of the finest trumpeters in the world, Multiple Grammy-Award winning jazz trumpeter/composer Roy Hargrove has always explored diverse music, from Afro-Cuban to funk, even venturing into pop mainstream. A major force on the jazz scene since his teens, Hargrove continues to stretch his musical boundaries. A collaborator in recent years with Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, and McCoy Tyner, Hargrove plays hard-swinging trumpet and lush flugelhorn. He leads his straight-ahead quintet in further explorations of post-bop modern jazz.  Hargrove performes with his quintet at the Jazz Showcase intofor the holidays on Boxing Day, Friday, December 26th through Sunday, Janusry 4th.

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