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Versatility has characterized the career of Ari Brown, a Chicago-based reedman and occasional pianist who plays hard bop and post-bop as convincingly as he plays avant-garde jazz. After growing up on the city's South Side and graduating from high school in the early '60s, Brown attended Chicago's Wilson College, where he met Jack DeJohnette, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Joseph Jarman, and others who would later become members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Brown played piano in mostly soul and blues bands until 1965, when he took up the sax and starting becoming seriously interested in jazz

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Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 23-24, 2017 Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...

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Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

Jazz Masters Barry Harris And Rufus Reid Featured At 2017 Straight Ahead Jazz Camp

From July 17-21 2017 The Jazz Institute of Chicago in collaboration with Columbia College Chicago will offer five days of interactive explorations of jazz via lectures, demonstrations, hands-on clinics and jam sessions during its 9th annual Straight Ahead Jazz Camp. Designed for adults age 18 and up and open to the general public, the camp provides ...

Groove Awakening

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2015
Track listing: One for Ken; Groove Awakening; Enka; Veda's Dance; Lonnie's Lament; In a Sentimental Mood; 3bop 4 Mal; Wayne's Trane; Give Thanks (Song for Gerri).

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Ari Brown: Groove Awakening

Read "Groove Awakening" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Erede della grande tradizione sassofonistica di Chicago, il settantenne Ari Brown pubblica il suo quarto album da leader confermando gli aspetti chiave del suo stile: timbro magniloquente e ricco di sfumature, fraseggio fluente, marcato senso del blues, viva energia con cui sostiene lunghi e rapsodici assoli. Nel suo strumento si rinnova lo spirito ecumenico, ...

Groove Awakening

Label: Delmark Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: One for Ken; Groove Awakening; Enka; Veda's Dance; Lonnie's Lament; In a Sentimental Mood; 3bop 4 Mal; Wayne's Trane; Give Thanks (Song for Gerri).

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2014" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 28-29, 2014The good folks at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival have a problem. Now in it's eight edition, the two day affair has attracted throngs of intelligent jazz listeners and too many 'must see' jazz acts. This year's festival held September 28-29 featured 40 ...

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Dee Alexander: Songs My Mother Loves

Read "Songs My Mother Loves" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

The maternal influence on a musician should never be underestimated. There's a degree of love, guidance, nurturing and support that only a mother can provide, and plenty of jazz artists have taken the time to express their appreciation for this fact: violinist Regina Carter did so with the touching I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey ...

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Kahil El'Zabar Ritual Trio: Follow The Sun

Read "Follow The Sun" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is safe to state that the percussionist Kahil El'Zabar has never made a mediocre or a mundane album and Follow the Sun is no exception. On this intriguing and provocative disc El'Zabar leads his group through five originals and four covers that he interprets with his signature, fluid touch.Oscar Hammerstein II's heartsick standard ...

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Ari Brown: Groove Awakening

Read "Groove Awakening" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

It is easy to think of saxophonist Ari Brown as the heir to the late, great Chicago tenorists Von Freeman and Fred Anderson but that would not be a fair assessment. Far more than a successor, Brown is the youngest and remaining member of a powerfully unique musical triumvirate. His idiosyncratic style is equally appropriate to ...


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