by Mark Guarino
Use the musical math below to find your perfect set at this year’s event.
A Love Supreme + Modern tap + Hip-hop = Supreme Love
Hear John Coltrane’s 1965 opus like never before: paired with a work by local modern tap collective M.A.D.D. Rhythms that combines Coltrane’s chant-driven tunes, African dance, and even a Mos Def sample.
GO: September 24 at 9:30 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Puerto Rican folk music + Avant-garde contemporary classical = Miguel Zenón and Spektral Quartet
MacArthur “genius” Zenón, a composer and saxophonist known for fusing jazz and Afro-influenced music from his native Puerto Rico, adds an extra level of experimentation with a jibaro-tinged commission for Chicago’s Spektral Quartet.
GO: September 24 at 7:15 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Free-jazz star x 4 = Joshua Abrams, Ari Brown, Gerald Cleaver, Jeff Parker Quartet
Decorated Detroit drummer Cleaver swoops in for a set with Chicago’s free-jazz brat pack: bassist Abrams of Natural Information Society, tenor sax vet Brown, and, in from California, Tortoise guitarist Parker.
GO: September 24 at 9:30 p.m., International House, 1414 E. 59th St.
Old-school improvisation + New-school edge = Matana Roberts
Once one of the youngest musicians affiliated with Chicago’s experimental jazz collective Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, this former local spins a blend of ’60s free jazz with heady, modern electronics (see her 12-album series Coin Coin, an exploration of African American history through free jazz). She’ll perform two solo sets on alto sax.
GO: September 24 at 4 and 6 p.m., Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.
Vocal powerhouse x Free-jazz royalty = Dee Alexander Quartet with Dwight Trible
Alexander, Chicago’s daring and unpredictable jazz vocalist, performs a series of duets with West Coast crooner Trible, who spent most of his career singing with free-jazz pioneer Pharoah Sanders. In other words, this set could be titled Powerhouse Squared.
GO: September 24 at 6 p.m., Wagner Stage, 1130 Midway Plaisance West