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NEA Jazz Master Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo at Constellation in Chicago 2/20 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 14 February 2015

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Lee Konitz and Dan Tepfer (Sunnyside Records)

Legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz - whose career has included work with Miles Davis and Lenny Tristano - performs tonight in a rare, intimate duo setting with pianist Dan Tepfer. Lee Konitz is one of the more distinctive alto saxophonists in jazz since Charlie Parker (and one of the few that did not outright copy Parker's style), pairing his individual style and voice with a strong sense of innovation. Dan Tepfer has collaborated with Lee Konitz recording Duos with Lee on Sunnyside Records in 2009. Hear the Lee Konitz & Dan Tepfer Duo perform at Constellation on Friday, February 20th with sets at 7:30 ($20-$25) and 9:30 ($15-$25).
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Makaya McCraven CD Release at the Green Mill, 2/6-7 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Thursday, 05 February 2015
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Makaya McCraven
Makaya McCraven has recorded extensively across genres. His debut record as a leader, "Split Decision" (Chicago Sessions, 2012) was well received getting critical acclaim from the Chicago Tribune, Jazz Weekly, All about Jazz and reaching #6 for Blaze Radios top #25 in 2012. THat record, which reached first round Grammy consideration, along with  his 13 piece all-star band’s featured performance at Pritzker Pavillion at Millennium Park, quickly established Makaya as one of the leading voices on the Chicago music scene. His new release, “In the Moment” (International Anthem Records) forges new routes in creative music, incorporating electronic elements and improvised music. Come here the celebrtion of the CD release wih Makaya McCraven on drums, Jeff Parker on guitar, Justin Thomas on vibes, and Junius Paul on bass at the Green Mill on Friday, February 6th and Saturday, Feruary 7th.
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The Bobby Watson Quartet at the Jazz Showcase - Chicago 1/29-2/1 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Tuesday, 27 January 2015
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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.
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Ari Brown Quintet at the Jazz Showcase, 1/15-18 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Saturday, 10 January 2015
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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.
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