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Melissa Aldana Crash Trio at the Jazz Showcase, May 14-17 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
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.

Nicholas Payton Trio at the Jazz Showcase 4/30-5/3 PDF Print
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Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nicholas Payton Andrea Canter

Multi-instrumentalist and Trumpet Master, Nicholas Payton,was hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school.  He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. Nicholas Payton will appear on trumpet and keyboards with his trio at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thurday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd. His trio also includes bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Bill Stewart.
Gerald Cleaver's Black Host Tours Midwest 4/22-25 PDF Print
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Sunday, 19 April 2015
Gerald Cleaver Andrea Canter

Black Host, a New York quintet nominally led by in-demand drummer Gerald Cleaver, is an improvising ensemble prepared to do just that. Cleaver is joined here by pianist Cooper-Moore, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and guitarist Brandon Seabrook on a program of eight original compositions that blend modern jazz, free music, psych, post-punk and electrified noise with painstaking detail and heady abandon.  Black Host the midwest starting in Gerald Cleaver’s homw town, Detroit, MI at Trinosopes on Wednsay, April 22;   Krannert Art Museum in  Champagne, IL on Thursday, April 23rd;  Constellation in Chicago, IL on Friday, April 24th, and The Stage at KDHX in Saint Louis, MO on Saturday, April 25th.

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