Monday, March 21, 2011

Remembering Fred Anderson

Posted By on 03.21.11 at 05:03 PM

Fred Anderson
  • Fred Anderson
Tenor saxophonist and Chicago free-jazz icon Fred Anderson would've turned 82 tomorrow if he were still alive—he died on June 24 last year after suffering a massive heart attack ten days earlier. His absence still stings, and Chicagoans were reminded of it afresh by the shuttering of his invaluable South Loop club the Velvet Lounge in December.

Tomorrow night at the Jazz Showcase a group calling itself the Brotherhood of Fred will perform in Anderson's memory. The lineup includes some of the saxophonist's most trusted colleagues: bassists Harrison Bankhead, Henry Grimes, and Tatsu Aoki, drummers Hamid Drake and Chad Taylor, pianist Jim Baker, and New Orleans saxophonist Edward "Kidd" Jordan, who paid annual visits to the Velvet for wall-shaking afterfest sessions during the Chicago Jazz Festival. After two sets from the Brotherhood, young Chicago saxophonist Rajiv Halim will lead a jam session, a nod to the Sunday-evening blowouts at the Velvet—few jams in town were more inspirational and rich in talent. The musicians will split proceeds from the concert with the Velvet Birdhouse Coalition, the organization that's been carrying on the artistic mission of the Velvet by presenting monthly concerts at the lounge L26 in the Chicago South Loop Hotel.

Today's playlist:

Group Inerane, Guitars From Agadez Vol. 3 (Music of Niger) (Sublime Frequencies)
Infamous Stringdusters, Things That Fly (Sugar Hill)
Dave Holland & Pepe Habichuela, Hands (Dare2)
Daniel Erdmann & Oliver Steidle, Lenina (Jazzwerkstatt)
Hammeriver, Hammeriver (Mikroton)

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