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Ari Brown Quintet at the Jazz Showcase, 10/24-27 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 20 October 2013
Ari Brown

 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 solid quartet will play at the Jazz Showcase Chicago on Thursday, October 24th theough Sunday, October 27th.. 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 will bring 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.
Russell Malone at the Jazz Showcase, 10/17-20 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Monday, 14 October 2013

Russell Malone

Guitar virtuoso Russell Malone can play it all — rock, pop, country, blues, jazz — you name it. But as anyone who has heard his recording knows, he’s most at home (and comfortable) when he’s playing jazz. And we as listeners are rewarded with some of the most beautiful sounds, tones and phrasing possible on the guitar. Originally from Georgia, Russell Malone grew up playing a variety of music. Eventually, he made jazz his main focus, but he never lost his appreciation of other styles. Malone, who now lives in New Jersey, was 25 when, in 1988, he was hired as a sideman by the seminal organist Jimmy Smith. He went on to back Harry Connick, Jr. from 1990-1994 and spent four years working with Diana Krall, in addition to guesting on numerous recordings. His quartet appears at the Jazz Showcase on Thursday, October 17th through Sunday, October 20th.

Laurence Hobgood Quintet featuring Ernie Watts at the Green Mill, 10/11-12 Print E-mail
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 06 October 2013


Laurence Hobgood © Andrea Canter

Laurence Hobgood is best known as the pianist and music director for Kurt Ellling. He has also played and/or recorded with Jon Hendricks, Larry Coryell, Lee Konitz, Stefon Harris, Peter Erskine, Joe Lovano, Benny Maupin, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Clark Terry, Bobby Watson, Mark Murphy, Clark Terry, Bob Mintzer, Von Freeman, Buddy Guy, Gary Burton and Eddie Daniels, to name a few. Two-time Grammy Award winner Ernie Watts is one of the most versatile and prolific saxophone players in music. It has been more than fifty years since he first picked up a saxophone, and from age sixteen on he has been playing professionally, initially while still attending school. Watts has been featured on over 500 recordings by artists ranging from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa, always exhibiting his unforgettable trademark sound. The Laurence Hobgood Quintet featuring Laurence Hobgood on piano, Ernie Watts on sax, Marquis Hill on Trumpet, Clark Sommers on bass, and Jared Schonig on drums, will perform on Friday and Saturday, October 11th and 12th at the Green Mill in Chicago.

Defining the Sound of the Ensemble: The Dave King Trio at the Green Mill, September 6th & 7th Print E-mail
Written by Andrea Canter, Contributing Editor   
Thursday, 05 September 2013

Dave King©Andrea Canter

After a dozen-plus years as the acoustic engine for iconic bands The Bad Plus and Happy Apple, as well as launching his own Trucking Company, Dave King is accustomed to arguments about the proper classification of his music. Jazz? Fusion? Rock? If his solo piano release, Indelicate, was a surprise, perhaps his recent trio recording, I’ve Been Ringing You, is even more so—a set of music that will be difficult to define as anything but modern jazz…. Whatever that is.  On September 6th and 7th, Dave King will appear at the Green Mill in Chicago for the first time as trio leader, with his two native Minnesota collaborators, both known for their own eclectic explorations--pianist Bill Carrothers and bassist Billy Peterson. The configuration is Bad Plus familiar. The music is anything but.

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