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Kidd Jordan

Kidd Jordan

Andy Newcombe

Kidd Jordan, Matthew Shipp, and Alvin Fielder 

When: Aug. 29-30, 9:30 p.m. 2014
Price: $20, $15 in advance
For many years, local fans of free jazz knew exactly where to find the action after each night of the Chicago Jazz Festival: tenor saxophone great Fred Anderson would invite his old Louisiana pal and fellow horn man Edward “Kidd” Jordan up from New Orleans to play late-night sets at the Velvet Lounge. After Anderson died in 2010, that tradition hung in limbo, but last year Jordan found a new festival-weekend home at Constellation—he’s been collaborating there with drummer and AACM cofounder Alvin Fielder, a onetime Chicagoan who’s lived in his native Mississippi since 1969. Jordan and Fielder have a long relationship, and have played together since 1975 under the Improvisational Arts name (their various lineups have included a trio, a quartet, and a quintet). Last year’s bracing Trio and Duo in New Orleans (No Business) collects recordings the two of them made between 2002 and 2012, including a full disc cut in ’02 with German bassist Peter Kowald, and in every collaboration Jordan and Fielder display unflagging vitality and crackling rapport, despite their advanced ages (the former is 79, the latter 78). Tonight and Saturday they’ll play a set with Chicago bassist Joshua Abrams and volcanic New York pianist Matthew Shipp, then open things up for a postfest jam. —Peter Margasak
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