mike Reed's The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite
Saturday, September 29, 7:30-8:30PM
The City Was Yellow: The Chicago Suite is Mike Reed’s current investigation into the sounds of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music history. Fueled by a USA Artist Fellowship, Reed and team have been at work collecting and transcribing music to be presented in a forthcoming “real book,” Chicago Jazz and Improvised Music from 1980-2010. The performance will feature arrangements by stalwarts such as Ari Brown, Ed Wilkerson, Jeff Parker, Rob Mazurek, Fred Anderson, and others.
Says Reed: “It’s a way of recognizing our musical moments and celebrating the regional voice and approaches that could only come from Chicago.”
MIKE REED is a musician, composer, bandleader, and arts presenter based in Chicago. In addition to leading or co-leading several working bands, all rooted deeply in jazz and improvised music, he is the current programming chair of the Chicago Jazz Festival, and the owner and director of the acclaimed performing arts venue Constellation.
His long-running post-bop quartet, People, Places & Things, has collaborated with guest musicians including Ira Sullivan, Julian Priester, Art Hoyle, Craig Taborn, and Matthew Shipp. Reed also leads an improvisation-heavy quintet called Loose Assembly, as well as the expansive octet, Living by Lanterns. In addition to forging ongoing collaborative relationships with first-wave AACM figures like the legendary reedist Roscoe Mitchell and trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, Reed remains a linchpin in his native city, working as a key member of vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz’s trio, Sun Rooms, as well as the octet led by bassist Jason Roebke. He’s a member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), where he served as vice-chairperson between 2009-2011.
Downbeat Magazine has regularly recognized Reed as Jazz Artist, Rising Star in its annual Critics’ Poll since 2009, and has named him one of the 80 Best Things About Jazz in its 80th Anniversary issue. In 2010, Chicago Tribune named Reed as one of its Chicagoans of the Year, and in 2014 Chicago Magazine cited him as the 94th most powerful and influential person in the city. In 2016, Reed was awarded a prestigious United States Artists Fellowship from the Doris Duke Foundation.