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Roscoe Mitchell Quartet 18+ Recommended Soundboard

When: Fri., March 27, 8:30 p.m. 2015
Price: $25
Few musicians are as defiantly forward-looking as Roscoe Mitchell, a steadfast explorer who has rejected nostalgia and contentment for more than five decades and instead remains staunchly focused on developing his own identity. He’s also retained the emphasis on original music that characterized his early days with the AACM, of which he was a founding member. Tonight, however, Mitchell pays tribute to a fellow giant of improvised music, tenor titan Fred Anderson, an AACM cofounder who unlike Mitchell remained in Chicago and passed away at the age of 81 in June of 2010. Anderson maintained a fiercely independent ethos throughout the years, serving as a crucial mentor and supporter of improvised music as the owner of, first, the Birdhouse and, most famously, the Velvet Lounge. Tonight Mitchell presents new arrangements of some of Anderson’s most durable tunes as he leads a quartet with cellist Tomeka Reid, drummer Vincent Davis, and bassist Junius Paul. —Peter Margasak

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