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A.A.C.M. Founders Ensemble 

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In 1965, four individualistic and visionary Chicago jazzmen established the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians; in 1990, for the organization's 25th anniversary, three of those four mandarins--pianists Muhal Richard Abrams and Jodie Christian and trumpeter Phil Cohran--will be put to work. (The other founder, drummer Steve McCall, died in 1989.) Of course, there were many others who played important roles in the A.A.C.M.'s early years--particularly Anthony Braxton and the members of the Art Ensemble of Chicago, who sojourned in Europe and spurred the jazz world to refocus its attention on events in the midwest--but if you're gonna start a historic celebration, it might as well be at the beginning. joining the founders will be a couple other longtime contributors--bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut and drummer Ajaramu--and reedman Gene Easton. Tonight, 8 PM, Getz Theater, 72 E. 11th; 445-8356. (Amina Claudine Myers and Shadow Vignettes, the big band led by Edward Wilkerson, will also appear on this program, which kicks off the weekend-long anniversary festival. Concerts continue through Sunday; other activities include midnight jam sessions at the Southend Musicworks and a Saturday-afternoon panel discussion at Columbia College on the A.A.C.M.'s place in 20th-century music.)

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