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Kidd Jordan, Matthew Shipp, and Alvin Fielder

Aug. 29-30, 9:30 p.m.

For many years, local fans of free jazz knew exactly where to find the action after each night of the Chicago Jazz Festival: tenor saxophone great Fred Anderson would invite his old Louisiana pal and fellow horn man Edward “Kidd” Jordan up from New Orleans to play late-night sets at the Velvet Lounge. After Anderson died in 2010, that tradition hung in limbo, but last year Jordan found a new festival-weekend home at Constellation—he’s been collaborating there with drummer and AACM cofounder Alvin Fielder, a onetime Chicagoan who’s lived in his native Mississippi since 1969. Jordan and Fielder have a long relationship, and have played together since 1975 under the Improvisational Arts name (their various lineups have included a trio, a quartet, and a quintet). Last year’s bracing Trio and Duo in New Orleans (No Business) collects recordings the two of them made between 2002 and 2012, including a full disc cut in ’02 with German bassist Peter Kowald, and in every collaboration Jordan and Fielder display unflagging vitality and crackling rapport, despite their advanced ages (the former is 79, the latter 78). Tonight and Saturday they’ll play a set with Chicago bassist Joshua Abrams and volcanic New York pianist Matthew Shipp, then open things up for a postfest jam. —Peter Margasak $20, $15 in advance

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Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village Kidd Jordan, Matthew Shipp, and Alvin Fielder

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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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FitzGerald's (map)
6615 Roosevelt Rd.
Berwyn
phone 708-788-2118

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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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Vijay Iyer

Fri., Sept. 5, 7 & 9 p.m.

Earlier this year pianist and composer Vijay Iyer demonstrated his commitment to notated music with Mutations (ECM), which sometimes augments his piano with a string quartet, electronics, or both. Even in that setting, though, Iyer couldn’t help but draw upon improvisation, both in his own playing and by providing the string players with a palette of notated material from which they could draw spontaneously. Few pianists have shown such curiosity and range in recent years, and Iyer gets much of his wide-eyed openness and adaptability from his skills as an improviser—which will be on display in tonight’s rare solo sets, his first ever in Chicago. His most recent recording in that format is the 2010 recital Solo (ACT), where his playing flows between close reading and on-the-fly rearrangement while incorporating a long-view compositional logic, particularly on familiar material such as Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature” or the standard “Darn That Dream.” In his opening cadenza to Monk’s “Epistrophy” he elaborates on a fragment of the song’s melody, but it’s still a surprise when he first quotes it recognizably after a minute or so. Iyer digs into swing-era material and recent pop music, and he filters everything through a rigorous sensibility that complements his mathematical analysis of the compositions with a melodic touch that makes room for bursts of emotion—the low-end hammering in his take on Duke Ellington’s “Black & Tan Fantasy,” for example, or the turbulent thunder in “Autoscopy.” Iyer performs twice this evening in PianoForte’s new studio space, whose acoustics should do justice to his talents and whose intimacy should encourage the sort of audience attention they deserve. —Peter Margasak $40

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Pianoforte Studios (map)
1335 S. Michigan
South Loop Vijay Iyer

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Mayne Stage (map)
1328 W. Morse Ave.
Rogers Park/West Rogers Park
phone 773-381-4554

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Maceo Parker

Sat., Sept. 13, 7 & 10 p.m.

late show is 17+

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The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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Roy Ayers

Sat., Sept. 20, 7 & 10 p.m.

late show is 17+

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The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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Mark Turner Quartet

Tue., Sept. 23, 7:30 & 9 p.m.

early show is all ages, late show is 18+

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Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village

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SPACE (map)
1245 Chicago Ave.
Evanston
phone 847-492-8860

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Fred Hersch

Tue., Sept. 30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.

early show is all ages

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Constellation (map)
3111 N. Western Ave.
Roscoe Village

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The Promontory (map)
5311 S. Lake Park Ave West
Hyde Park
phone 312-801-2100

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