Ravi Coltrane, Chucho Valdes, Roscoe Mitchell swing into town this fall

Chicago Tribune

by Howard Reich

A lively fall season beckons in jazz:

Ravi Coltrane: The saxophonist sounds more impressive and distinctive with each passing season. 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 24 through 26; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Sept. 27; Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; $25-$40; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com

Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Chicago's best jazz festival stretches across one of the city's most historic neighborhoods, with performances by Henry Threadgill, Ambrose Akinmusire, Laurence Hobgood and many more. 1 p.m. to midnight Sept. 26 and 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 27 in multiple venues; free; hydeparkjazzfestival.org

Roscoe Mitchell: The celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) continues with multi-instrumentalist Mitchell leading four different trios, two during each show; 3 and 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; $30; 312-397-4010 or mcachicago.org

Tammy McCann: Chicago's fastest-rising vocalist records her next album live during this engagement; 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 8 through 10; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 11; Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court; $20-$40; 312-360-0234 or jazzshowcase.com

George Lewis's "Afterword": An experimental opera, "Afterword" is inspired by Lewis' landmark, 2008 book "A Power Stronger Than Itself: The AACM and American Experimental Music." 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 and 17; Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 E. Chicago Ave.; $30; 312-397-4010 or mcachicago.org

Cecile McLorin Salvant: Singer Salvant's sumptuous instrument launches the Jazz at the Logan series. 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; $35; 773-702-2787 or chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/series/jazz-logan

Chucho Valdes: A colossal pianist, Valdes reminds listeners of the outsized stature of Cuban jazz. 8 p.m. Nov. 6 in Orchestra Hall at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $28-$89; 312-294-3000 or cso.org

Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: The CJP presents the U.S. premiere of Davis' "Scenes from Life: Heritage" in tandem with Cuban musicians. 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; $29-$68; 312-341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org or chicagojazzphilharmonic.org

Women in Jazz Festival: Clarinetist Anat Cohen plays at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 19; Tammy McCann, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 20; Dee Dee Bridgewater, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 21 at Nichols Concert Hall of the Music Institute of Chicago, 1490 Chicago Ave., Evanston; $30 each; 847-905-1500, ext. 108, or musicinst.org

"Lush Life: The Music of Billy Strayhorn": The Billy Strayhorn Festival culminates with Darius de Haas, Joan Curto, Alan Broadbent and chorus, orchestra and dancers performing Strayhorn repertoire. 8 p.m. Nov. 21 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy; $29-$68; 312-341-2300 or auditoriumtheatre.org

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