Bucktown Arts Fest: Juan Pastor Chinchano, Arboretum, Earth Tones, Lane Tech High School Jazz Combo, Pritzker College Prep Jazz Ensemble | Senior Citizens Memorial Park | Fairs & Festivals | Chicago Reader
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Bucktown Arts Fest: Juan Pastor Chinchano, Arboretum, Earth Tones, Lane Tech High School Jazz Combo, Pritzker College Prep Jazz Ensemble 

When: Sun., Aug. 24, 11 a.m. 2014
Peruvian percussionist Juan Pastor moved to Chicago from his native Lima in 2006, lured by the reputation of the city’s jazz scene. In his group Chinchano, he deftly merges the Afro-Peruvian traditions he practiced back home with bluesy postbop he refined while studying at Northern Illinois and DePaul. The band’s self-titled debut, released on Ears & Eyes, opens with Pastor playing the box drum or cajon on an elegant rendition of “Fina Estampa,” a song by Chabuca Granda, who introduced Afro-Peruvian rhythms to a general audience in the 1940s and ’50s. The album’s stuttering polyrhythms notwithstanding, trumpeter Marquis Hill and reedist Rich Moore play pure jazz on the front line. (Pianist Stu Mindeman and bassist Patrick Mulcahy round out the live lineup.) Pastor makes his roots explicit in the warm, supple melodies and syncopated grooves of “Negra Presuntuosa,” a tune made famous by Susana Baca, but more often than not he works Afro-Peruvian elements into original tunes that accent top-flight mainstream jazz. —Peter Margasak This performance is part of the Bucktown Arts Fest, which runs Sat 8/23 and Sun 8/24.

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