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Ken Vandermark Celebrates the Midwest School 

When: Thu., June 21, 9 p.m. 2012
Price: $10
The lineage of midwest-based, jazz-rooted artists rewriting the rules of engagement between improvisation and composition stretches back to Sun Ra's sojourn in Chicago in the 50s. In the 60s and 70s Anthony Braxton, Roscoe Mitchell, Henry Threadgill, and Julius Hemphill each found hitherto unimagined ways to reconcile structure with freedom, popular styles with challenging sonorities, and sound with silence; all left lasting marks on the work of subsequent generations. Saxophonist, clarinetist, and bandleader Ken Vandermark has been doing the same thing since moving here more than 20 years ago, but his most persistent tributes have been directed toward folks from further afield—German Peter Brötzmann, for instance, or American wanderers like Jimmy Guiffre and Joe McPhee. Tonight's concert is billed as a celebration of the midwestern school, and Vandermark has assembled an ensemble of Chicago bandleaders to tackle his arrangements of songs by all the aforementioned composers, except Ra: reedists Nick Mazzarella, Mars Williams, and Dave Rempis, cornetist Josh Berman, trombonist Jeb Bishop (who just moved to North Carolina), vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer Tim Daisy. It should be a treat to hear what these tough-minded, highly individual players do with the singular ideas of their forebears. —Bill Meyer


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