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Avreeayl Ra

Chicago master drummer / percussionist AVREEAYL RA was born in Chicago on May 21st, 1947 and still lives there today. He is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl’s father, Arthur "Swinglee" O’Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. (Avreeayl reports that John Gilmore had a crush on Avreeayl’s sister and so spent as much time as he could at the family house.) Swinglee O’Neil played in one of Sun Ra’s early Chicago bands, and Sun Ra played in one of Swinglee’s groups as well. Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with AACM co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran

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Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm

Read "Charles Rumback: Singing Structures of Rhythm" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Versatility, personality and musical empathy are qualities that a modern drummer needs, and Charles Rumback has them in abundance. Based in Chicago, Rumback has accompanied adventurous singer/songwriters like Caleb Willitz, Steve Dawson and Ryley Walker, played jazzy electronica with Colorlist and explored the classic format of the piano trio with bassist John Tate and pianist Jim ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Rempis / Joshua Abrams / Avreeayl Ra / Jim Baker: Apsis

Read "Apsis" reviewed by John Sharpe

After appearing on one half of Perihelion (Aerophonic, 2016), keyboardist Jim Baker has joined Chicago saxophonist Dave Rempis' working trio with bassist Joshua Abrams and drummer Avreeayl Ra on a permanent basis. In one respect the band seems one of the most traditional of the reedman's projects. That's largely down to how the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Rempis, Brandon Lopez, Ryan Packard: The Early Bird Gets

Read "The Early Bird Gets" reviewed by Giuseppe Segala

Musicista molto attivo sulla scena fremente di Chicago, Dave Rempis si mise in luce poco più che ventenne accanto a Ken Vandermark, nel 1997, abbinando i propri sassofoni alle ance del leader nella formazione The Vandermark 5, attiva fino al 2010 con sedici lavori pubblicati soprattutto dall'etichetta Atavistic. Nel contempo, alimentò formazioni proprie o a nome ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEW

Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection

Read "Edgefest 2018: The Chicago Connection" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Edgefest Ann Arbor, MI October 17-20, 2018 This year, Ann Arbor, Michigan's Edgefest Festival turned to Chicago for inspiration. An astonishing array of talented musicians, most with roots in Chicago's storied past or its vibrant present, made appearances at the Kerrytown Concert House for four days of exceptional music that could generally ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Perihelion

Read "Perihelion" reviewed by Enrico Bettinello

È un musicista generoso e attivissimo, il sassofonista Dave Rempis, che molti conoscono come fantastico “specchio" di Ken Vandermark nei Vandermark 5. Merito di un'attitudine fortemente e ostinatamente free, della capacità di utilizzare tre strumenti (il contralto, il tenore e il baritono) con grande equilibrio funzionale e, non ultimo, di lavorare con continuità con alcuni colleghi ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Rempis/Joshua Abrams/Avreeayl Ra + Jim Baker: Perihelion

Read "Perihelion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

These days, it's a luxury to have a working jazz band. It's funny to think in those terms, isn't it? Sure, that was a nice record, you think. But modern musicians, particularly jazz musician often play in multiple ensembles, in theatre productions, teach music lessons privately, and curate local music series. These things are often accomplished ...

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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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 ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Rempis/Joshue Abrams/Avreeayl Ra: Aphelion

Read "Aphelion" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The blossoming of an artist is a beautiful thing. In order for a musician to thrive in today's jazz world, he must be willing to operate in multiple lineups, go on book tours, organize other musicians' shows, and record and promote his own music. A tall task, but saxophonist Dave Rempis has made the jump from ...


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