Ari Brown Quartet featuring Oliver Lake

Saturday, September 23


Wagner Stage

A Chicago native, ARI BROWN is an internationally renowned saxophonist, flutist, and pianist, as well as a prolific arranger, composer, and teacher. He began his professional career in the 1960s, performing soul, rock, blues, jazz, and R&B throughout the Midwest and East Coast with such artists as Gene Chandler, B.B. King, and Chuck Berry. Since 1979, Ari has performed almost exclusively in the jazz idiom, playing throughout the U.S. and world with his own working band, the Ari Brown Quartet, and others including the AACM Experimental Orchestra, Kahil El’Zabar, Roscoe Mitchell, and Pharoah Sanders. Ari graduated from Chicago’s Vandercook School of Music and has been active as an educator, teaching at Chicago Public Schools, Columbia College Chicago, the Chicago Conservatory of Music, and other schools.

Called a modern Renaissance man, OLIVER LAKE, is a composer, saxophonist, flutist and bandleader as well as an accomplished poet, painter, and performance artist. Co-Founder of the legendary St. Louis collective Black Artists Group (BAG) and the internationally acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet, Oliver was the 2014 recipient of the prestigious Doris Duke Performing Artist award and also received the 2006 Mellon Jazz Living Legacy Award at the Kennedy Center. He has composed and arranged for such diverse entities as the Brooklyn Philharmonic, Arditti String Quartet, Amherst Saxophone Quartet, Bjork, Lou Reed and A Tribe Called Quest; he has collaborated with poets Amiri Baraka and Ntozake Shange as well as choreographer Ron. Founder of Passin’ Thru Records, Oliver currently tours and performs with his Organ Quartet, Big Band, Tarbaby and Trio 3.  

Joining Ari and Oliver are KIRK BROWN on piano; YOSEF BEN ISRAEL on bass; and AVREEAYL RA on drums.