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Alejandro Escovedo & Joe Ely

Thu., Aug. 28, 8 p.m. and Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.
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City Winery (map)
1200 W. Randolph St.
Near West Side
phone 312-733-9463

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Aruan Ortiz & the Orbiting Quartet

Fri., Aug. 29, 8 p.m.

In 2008 pianist Aruan Ortiz, a Cuban native of Haitian descent, settled in New York City, where he’s worked in bands led by the likes of saxophonist Antoine Roney and clarinetist Don Byron, rapidly establishing himself as a passionately curious polymath. One of the most impressive pianists to emerge in the past decade, Ortiz has clearly benefited from Cuba’s rigorous music-education system: though he’s a master of Afro-Cuban styles, they seem like a minor part of his arsenal thanks to his deft facility in classical and jazz. The compositions on the 2012 album Santiarican Blues Suite (Sunnyside), which he wrote for a ballet, filter Cuban and Haitian folkloric music through a contemporary-classical lens, and they stand up just fine with no dancers in sight. Ortiz is also an explosive improviser, which he makes more clear on two other recent albums: last year’s Banned in London (Whirlwind) and 2012’s Orbiting (Fresh Sound New Talent). On the former, Ortiz and bassist Michael Janisch share leadership of a fiery, limber postbop quintet, and the pianist’s pin-drop dynamics and bob-and-weave rhythms recall Herbie Hancock’s work in the classic Miles Davis quintet as well as Danilo Perez’s playing in Wayne Shorter’s current quartet. On the latter, Ortiz fronts the Orbiting Quartet, a wide-open band that best represents the full range of his influences and interests. He locks in with guitarist David Gilmore, and they slash, tangle, pull apart, and fuse together; the arrangements allow them to incorporate dissonant harmonies and meterless playing, whether they’re navigating the pianist’s own lurching themes or material by Ornette Coleman, Charlie Parker, and Hermeto Pascoal. The version of the Orbiting Quartet that will appear tonight includes Ortiz and bassist Rashaan Carter from the album; guitarist Rez Abbasi fills in for Gilmore, and drummer Gerald Cleaver takes over for Eric McPherson. —Peter Margasak $20, $18 for members

Beverly Arts Center (map)
2407 W. 111th St.
Beverly
phone 773-445-3838
Aruan Ortiz & the Orbiting Quartet

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Only Men Aloud

Fri., Aug. 29, 4 & 7 p.m.
Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100

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Permanent Records (map)
1914 W. Chicago Ave.
Ukrainian Village/East Village
phone 773-278-1744

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Soldier Field (map)
1410 S. Museum Campus Dr.
Museum Campus
phone 312-235-7000

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Funkadesi

Fri., Aug. 29, 7:30 p.m.
Spirit of Music Garden, Grant Park (map)
601 S. Michigan Ave.
South Loop
phone 312-742-4007

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Arcada Theatre (map)
105 E. Main St.
Suburbs Northwest
phone 630-587-8400

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

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Dan Tepfer

Sat., Aug. 30, 4 & 7 p.m.

On last year’s Small Constructions (Sunnyside), a baroque and airy duo album with Kneebody reedist Ben Wendel, pianist Dan Tepfer offers the most convincing demonstration yet of his versatility. The program mixes original material with themes by Monk, Tristano, and Handel, and the high-level interaction and easy balance of the performances make jazz, classical, and pop feel less like mutually exclusive categories than complementary choices. In most settings, though, Tepfer plays in one particular bag; on the recent First Meeting: Live in London, Volume 1 (Whirlwind), for instance, he provides crisp postbop accompaniment for Lee Konitz. Tonight Tepfer works in another of those bags, revisiting his ingenious take on Bach’s Goldberg Variations: he follows each of the 30 short pieces with an improvised elaboration that works within the chords and rhythmic feel of the original. It’s a great new way to hear the Goldbergs. —Peter Margasak $10

Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100
Dan Tepfer

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Billy Corgan, Katie Cole

Sat., Aug. 30, 7:30 p.m.
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Ravinia Festival (map)
Green Bay & Lake Cook
Other Suburbs North
phone 847-266-5100
Billy Corgan, Katie Cole
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