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   Friday, September 06, 2002

September marks the change in weather,
the anniversary of the topical change in NYC,
and the subsequent universal change in humanity.

Fortify yourself with an extra dose of Love Supreme;
there is plenty to choose from in the upcoming weeks.

AUTUMN LEAVES Kosma/Prevert/Mercer
The falling leaves, Drift by the window
The autumn leaves, Of red and gold
I see your lips, The summer kisses.
The sunburned hands, I used to hold.
Since you went away, The days grow long,
And soon I'll hear, Old winter's song,
But I miss you most of all, My darling,
When autumn leaves, Start to fall.
Autumn Leaves will soon fall.

Everyone in Chicago probably caught a corner of the Jazz Festival
during the Labor Day time frame. Or maybe you were like me and
caught some of the Ford International Detroit Jazz Festival, as well.
We had some fabulous sunshine weather to complement the
festivities in both cities. I will save the reviews and the September
calendar signature B-Days for next release of Jazzin’ With Zebra Libra,
in order to provide you with Just in Time information.
I found you just in time....
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***********PRESENT JAZZ SCHEDULE*******************
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FRI SEP 6 6:00-9:00pm 3755 N. Southport, Chicago, 773-327-9050
DONNA JOY WOLFE presenting a series of hand painted vases
and classical guitarist ALEJANDRO URZAGASTE

FRI SEP 6 9:30pm-1am VELVET LOUNGE
HARRISON BANKHEAD, Rob Zetti

Continuing FRI SEP 6 - SUN SEP 8 JAZZ SHOWCASE
The HEATH BROTHERS - Jimmy Heath (tenor/composer/arranger),
Percy Heath (bass, member of the Modern Jazz Quartet),
Albert “Tootie" Heath (drums) and Jeb Patton (piano).
We're honored to have this all-star band, one of the finest in all of jazz.

FRI SEP 6 – SAT SEP 7 GREEN MILL
GEORGE COLLIGAN TRIO

FRI SEP 6, 8:00 PM. – Jump for Joy by Duke Ellington
Rockford College (Maddox Theater), 5050 E. State St., Rockford.
Composer/conductor William Russo leads his Chicago Jazz Ensemble
of Columbia College Chicago. Further information may be obtained by
visiting the Ensemble's website, at www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

SAT SEP 7 1:00pm 7:00pm
3rd ANNUAL ENGLEWOOD COMMUNITY JAZZ FESTIVAL
Hamilton Park 513 West 72nd Street
Call 773-651-7563, for info, in case of rain inside
-KAHIL EL' ZABAR & the RITUAL TRIO
featuring MALACHI FAVORS & ARI BROWN
-TATSU AOYI & THE MIYUMI PROJECT BIG BAND
-MALACHI THOMPSON & THE FREEBOP BAND
-DEE ALEXANDER
-LIVE THE SPIRIT BAND under the direction of ERNEST DAWKINS
with special guest OLIVER LAKE

Continue in the spirit of experimentation
SAT SEP 7 9:30pm-1am VELVET LOUNGE
ERNEST DAWKINS & OLIVER LAKE SUMMIT

SUN SEP 8 4pm-7pm NO EXIT CAFE Unusual Pairing Series
6970 N. Glennwood 773-743-3355
DAVID BOYKIN's EXPANSE

SUN SEP 8 8pm HOUSE OF BLUES,
300 N. State Street, Chicago. $30. 312-527-2583.
"The Music of Antonio Carlos Jobim" performed by Ryuchi Sakamoto (piano),
Jaques Morelenbaum (cello), and Paula Morelenbaum (vocals).
Doors open 6:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM.

SUN SEP 8 9pm-12:30am HUNGRY BRAIN
2319 W Belmont Chicago 773-935-2118
EIO (Emerging Improvisers Organization) presents the second annual
PHRENOLOGY FEST 2002
-ALEC RAMSDELL, Chris Heenan, Jerry Breyerton, and Damon Smith
-KEEFE JACKSON’s PROJECT with Aram Shelton, Josh Berman,
Nick Broste, Jason Ajemian, and Tim Daisy
-JEB BISHOP TRIO with Kent Kessler and Tim Mulvenna

MON SEP 9 9pm-12:30am HUNGRY BRAIN
2319 W Belmont Chicago 773-935-2118
PHRENOLOGY FEST 2002
-NIKKI MITCHELL TRIO with Josh Abrams and Avreeyal Ra
-GREY GHOST with Aram Shelton and Jonathan Crawford
-DESIGN FLAW with Jon Doyle, Frank Rosaly and Brian Dibblee

TUES SEP 10 9pm-12:30am HUNGRY BRAIN
2319 W Belmont Chicago 773-935-2118
PHRENOLOGY FEST 2002
-JASON AJEMIAN TRIO with Jeff Parker and Tim Daisy
-DAVE REMPIS with Jason Roebke, Jim Baker, and Tim Daisy
-JOSH ABRAMS with Axel Dorner, Guiermo Gregorio, and Jeff Parker

TUE SEP 10 - SUN SEP 15 JAZZ SHOWCASE
Alto Sax KENNY GARRETT with Vernell Brown, Charnett Moffitt,
(who Percy Heath heavily recommends) and Chris Dave

WED SEP 11 9pm VELVET LOUNGE
VINCENT DAVIS and Friends

WED SEP 11 7pm – Jump for Joy by Duke Ellington
Columbia College Chicago, 1014 S. Michigan Ave,
Chicago Composer/conductor William Russo leads his
Chicago Jazz Ensemble of Columbia College Chicago.
http://www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

FRI SEP13 7:30pm GAGE PARK, 2411 W. 55th St., Chicago
Ken Chaney Bebop Brass Plus! Featuring the music of Oscar Brown, Jr.
Personnel TBA – Hint Ken Chaney, Burgess Gardner, Orbert Davis
Admission is FREE AND SO ARE WE!

FRI SEP 13 9pm VELVET LOUNGE
WILLIAM PERRY with HEALING FORCE

FRI SEP 13 – SAT SEP 14 GREEN MILL
ASTRAL PROJECT

FRI SEP13 8:00 PM. – Jump for Joy by Duke Ellington
Wheaton College (Barrows Auditorium), 501 College Ave., Wheaton.
Chicago Composer/conductor William Russo leads his
Chicago Jazz Ensemble of Columbia College Chicago.
http://www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

SAT SEP 14 8:30pm ASCENSION LOFT SERIES
17 N. Elizabeth, Chicago. $15 donation
The Experimental Band conducted by Kahil El'Zabar
312-226-5688 or email sussand@aol.com

SUN SEP 15 Shorewood Conservatory of Music
1312 South Michigan Ave., Chicago
2:00pm Matthias Ziegler solo program (with loops, drones, triggers, effects)
3:30pm master class

SUN SEP 15 4pm-7pm NO EXIT CAFE Unusual Pairing Series
6970 N. Glennwood 773-743-3355
BILL BRIMFIELD'S spontaneous quartet featuring
WIlliam Perry, Derrick Polk, Melvin Davis

TUE SEP 17 - SUN SEP 22 JAZZ SHOWCASE
DANILO PEREZ Trio with Ben Street and Adam Cruz

WED SEP 18 9pm VELVET LOUNGE
VINCENT DAVIS and Friends

WED SEP 18 9pm GREEN MILL
4802 N. Broadway, Chicago 773-878-5552
Deep in a Dream: The Life & Music of Chet Baker
Featuring Spider Saloff and readings from James Gavin's book,
"Deep in a Dream," with special guest Oscar Brown, Jr.

WED SEP 18 9pm HOTHOUSE
31 E. Balbo, Chicago. 312-362-9707
Treehouse Project (sextet) and Grey Ghost (trio) explore the visual and aural arts
as each group incorporates projected images in correlation to their music.
Treehouse Project is Colin Bunn, guitar; Ken Champion, pedal steel;
Keefe Jackson, tenor sax; Matt Thompson, bass and Michael Reed, drums.
Grey Ghost is Aram Shelton, saxophone and laptop; Jonathan Crawford, drums
and analog synthesizer; and video artist Kent Lambert

FRI SEP 20 – SAT SEP 21 GREEN MILL
KENNY WERNER TRIO

SAT SEP 21 8pm – Chicago Jazz Ensemble
Gorton Community Center, 400 E. Illinois, Lake Forest
Composer/conductor William Russo.
Visit the website, at www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

SUN SEP 22 4pm-7pm NO EXIT CAFE Unusual Pairing Series
6970 N. Glennwood 773-743-3355
RADIO IMPROVED with Tim Aubuchon, Mitch Paliga,
Patrick Williams, Ryan Bennett

TUE SEP 24 - SUN SEP 29 JAZZ SHOWCASE
MARIAN MCPARTLAND with Jim Cox and Charlie Brougham.
Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 pm, one set only. Thursday, 8pm, 10pm,
Friday and Saturday, 9pm and 11pm, Sunday at 4 pm and 8 pm only

WED SEP 25 - 6pm-10pm /$10 HARAMBE HOUSE 119th & Loomis
BURGESS GARDNER BIG BAND ORCHESTRA.
http://www.wbeejazzradio.com/events.php#bigbandbash
Take I-57 south to 119th street east exit. Go East to Loomis Street,
about 1/2 mile (the second light). Look for the Harambee House sign
and turn into the free parking lot.

WED SEP 25 9pm VELVET LOUNGE
VINCENT DAVIS and Friends

WED SEP 25, 7pm – CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Metropolis Performing Arts Center, 111 W. Campbell St., Arlington Hts
Composer/conductor William Russo. Visit www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

FRI SEP 27 – SAT SEP 28 9pm VELVET LOUNGE
DAVID BOYKIN’S Expanse

FRI SEP 27 – SAT SEP 28 GREEN MILL
JOHN MOLDER QUARTET

SAT SEP 28, 7pm – CHICAGO JAZZ ENSEMBLE
Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago.
Composer/conductor William Russo. Visit www.chijazz.com and 312.344.6245.

SUN SEP 29 4pm-7pm NO EXIT CAFE Unusual Pairing Series
6970 N. Glennwood 773-743-3355
NO NAME BAND with Corey Wilkes Kevin Nabors, Isaiah Spencer

TUE OCT 1 - SUN OCT 6 JAZZ SHOWCASE
CHRIS POTTER Quartet, Kevin Hays, Scott Colley, and Bill Stewart

FRI OCT 4 8pm SYMPHONY CENTER
220 S. Michigan Ave, Chicago 312-294-3030
VON FREEMAN’S 80th Birthday Celebration
With George Freeman, Chico Freeman, Mulgrew Miller, Avery Sharpe
and Winard Harper, plus special guests.

MON OCT 7 One Night Only JAZZ SHOWCASE
Bill Russo's Chicago Jazz Ensemble

TUE OCT 8 - SUN OCT 13 JAZZ SHOWCASE
CEDAR WALTON Trio with bassist Peter Washington, drummer Karriem
Riggins and special guest Stefon Harris on vibes, marimba

SUN OCT 13 – PARK WEST
BRANFORD MARSALIS

SUN OCT 13 6pm
2002 Hyde Park Kenwood Jaaz Festival “Jazz Futures”

MON OCT 14 – GREEN MILL
BRANFORD MARSALIS

TUE OCT 15 - SUN OCT 20 JAZZ SHOWCASE
WALLACE RONEY Quintet with alto saxophonist Gary Bartz,
bassist Clarence Seay, and awesome drummer Lenny White

SAT OCT 19
A reunion concert celebrating the music and life of Woody Herman
will take place at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood, California,
where Woody is laid to rest. This live jazz performance will feature
Joe Lovano, Frank Tiberi and the Woody Herman Orchestra plus
special all-star appearances by Shelby Lynne, Pete Candoli, Joe
LaBarbara, the Jazz America Youth Orchestra, the Berklee College
of Music’s 22-piece Rainbow band with Phil Wilson, and many others.
Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be legendary jazz DJ Chuck Niles
and among those invited to speak are Artie Shaw and Buddy Collette.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Jazz America and the AIJE.
Please visit www.autumneveconcerts.com

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***********CONTINUING JAZZ EVENTS******************
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SUN - 4-7PM UNUSUAL PAIRINGS at NO EXIT CAFE 6970 N. Glennwood $10
SUN - 6-11PM JAM SESSION - VELVET LOUNGE
SUN - 8PM-2AM JAM - CITY LIFE (83rd and Cottage Grove)
SUN - 9-12PM - JIMMY'S WOODLAWN TAP (55th and Woodlawn)
NO COVER - Jimmy's Jam led by Curtis Black
MON - 8PM ON - ANDY'S JAZZ JAM (HUBBARD AND STATE) $5
MON - 8:30pm KATRINA's George Fludas, Dennis Carroll,
Jodie Christian, Scott Burns
TUE - 8PM - PETE MILLER'S,- Evanston - NO COVER
BOBBY BROOM
TUE - 6PM - JOE's BEBOP CAFE - KEN CHANEY
TUE - 10PM ON - NEW APARTMENT LOUNGE –
VON FREEMAN & FRIENDS
TUE - 8PM SMOKE DADDY'S - TAKU AKIYAMA AND MORE
TUE - 9pm - ANDY'S JAZZ CLUB - JOHN BANY, JOHN YOUNG,
WED -9PM - ANDY'S JAZZ CLUB - HENRY JOHNSON $5
THU – 7-11pm RAMADA INN (49th S + LAKE SHORE DRIVE)
773 288-5800 - NO COVER BOB JOHNSON & FRIENDS
THU – 9PM - ANDY'S JAZZ CLUB - MIKE SMITH, RON FRIEDMAN ETC
THU - 8PM ON - PETE MILLER'S, Evanston - NO COVER
JEFF PARKER
THU - 8PM-1am - CHAMBERS - JOHN BANY jam
THU - 9PM - KATERINA's - John Brumbach, Randy Tressler,
Matt Ferguson, Nori Tanaka
THU - 9PM GREEN MILL-
ALAN GRESIK'S SWING SHIFT ORCHESTRA
THU 8pm ISAAC HAYES 739 N. Clark Chicago $10
WNUA Smooth Jazz Series
FRI - 5:30PM-8PM ANDY'S
ERIC SCHNEIDER-MARLENE ROSENBERG $5
FRI - 7:30-11:30pm NAPERVILLE SULLIVAN's
KEVIN KIZER TRIO
FRI - 9-12PM - LUNA MEXICANA (3565 W. Fullerton)- FREE
Latin Jazz with Yorumba featuring Curtis Black
FRI - 9:30PM-1AM - BOURBON CAFE (4768 N. Lincoln)- FREE
Bane Djordjevic and the Bob Johnson Quintet, with Julia Huff, vocals, Daniella Bisenius, violin, Joe Jenkins, drums, Cameron Pfiffner, tenor Sax/flute, Bob Johnson, bass. A mix of Jazz, Blues, Classical, and Folk (Yugoslavian - Serbian) music
SAT - 6PM-10PM HOUSTON'S
Thomas Muellner, Dave Marr, Tim Davis
SAT - MIDNIGHT-4am GREEN MILL
SABERTOOTH ORGAN QUARTET

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**** The start of RAVE RE-BOP-BECCA-VIEW REVUE ****
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I began Laborious jazz festivities on Thursday, August 29th afternoon at Chicago's Cultural Center Cassidy Theater. I was slightly disappointed that I could not attend the WBEE Burgess Gardner Big Band gala at the Harambee House (it will be repeated on Wednesday, September 25th with special guest trumpeter Orbert Davis, who's CD "Priority" is reaching the top ten on Yellow Dog Jazz Chart) or the Hothouse performance of Ernest Dawkins trio on Wednesday night. However, for every adversity in life, there is an equal and opposite, AND sometimes ENHANCED pleasure...and the jazzy physics did not fail me on Thursday.

I was treated to the delightfully unique visual and audio presentations of KELAN PHILIP COHRAN (Phil Cohran's Artistic Heritage Ensemble (AHE) was the direct link between the Sun Ra Arkestra on one hand and Earth, Wind & Fire (EWF) on the other. Kelan Phil Cohran was a founding member of the AACM- Advancement of Creative Musicians). Cohran provided an assortment of eye and ear candy with his cosmic slides and by playing various recordings, a harp, and the Frankiphone instrument, or Mbira, an amplified version of an African thumb piano, invented by Cohran.

Next was very active AACM guitarist JEFF PARKER, at his wildest fine-ness. Jeff improvised with pre-recorded music to produce an interesting combination of sounds. Jeff was voted into Down Beat's Talent Deserving Wider Recognition category for guitar in the '98 critic's poll. An alumnus of the Berklee College of Music, Jeff has made a dramatic impact on the jazz scene having worked with such outstanding artists as Roy Hargrove, Wynton Marsalis, Antonio Hart, Joshua Redman, Billy Pierce, Branford Marsalis, Nicholas Payton, and Fred Anderson. Parker joined New Horizons Ensemble in 1992. AND I shall never deny my love of any of those, including Jeff Parker, who contributed to the recording of “Becky’s Bash” on Ted Sirota’s Rebel Soul’s vs. the forces of evil CD. Czech it out at http://www.tedsirota.com/homepage.htm Czech out more of Jeff at the AACM site http://aacmchicago.org and all over the World Wide Web.
GEORGE LEWIS stepped up to the musical AACM home plate next. He had a programmed piano that he vibed into submission and changes with his trombon-ified playing. A native of Chicago with a degree in philosophy from Yale, he began studying trombone in 1960. From 1971-75 he studied theory/composition with Muhal Richard Abrams at The School of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. Lewis has concentrated upon his activity as a composer/constructor working in the field of computer-music. He is perhaps best known for his "software compositions"--that is, the construction of real-time composing and listening machines (computer programs) that interact with performing musicians in concerts. Czech out more at http://www.lovely.com/bios/lewis.html and http://orpheus.ucsd.edu/dept.music/musicdept/faculty/lewis.html
ROSCOE MITCHELL, composer, multi-instrumentalist, and educator joined and completed the AACM program on saxophone. He was consistently mind-blowing, so to speak, or should I say, so to hear. Mr. Mitchell's innovation as a solo performer, his role in the resurrection of long neglected woodwind instruments of extreme register, and his reassertion of the composer into what has traditionally been an improvisational form have placed him at the forefront of contemporary music for over thirty years. He is a founding member of the world renowned Art Ensemble of Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, and Trio Space. Czech more at http://www.interpretations.info/mitchell.htm

Finished off Thursday evening honoring Charlie Parker’s birthday at the Velvet Lounge, listening to a quartet led by trumpeter CURTIS BLACK with guitarist Mathew Wilson, bassist Kurt Schweitz, and drummer Joe Adamik. Curtis hosts a jazz jam session that features Jonathan Cohen, piano, Robert Hodge, bass, and Douglas Mitchell, drums on Sunday nights from 9PM to 12AM at the Woodlawn Tap, located at the corner of Woodlawn and 55th in Chicago. There's no cover, and only the second set is open to guest musicians.

Arrived in Detroit on Friday in time to catch the commencing acts at the Pyramid Stage for the 23rd Ford Detroit International Jazz Fest. FOUR STAGES OF FUN is an understatement. I suppose I am a bit biased originating from the Motor City and all. But whom they bring and how they organize their free concert on fewer dollars than Chicago stands alone. The access in and out is supreme. Even with downtown Detroit undergoing massive construction, it is not too difficult to park, walk right into the concert grounds (no lines or barricade nonsense) and find a spot of enjoyment. The main food concession is underground, so as not to crisp you during the short wait in line. There are permanent lavatories with attendants. The jazz fest continues to ‘round midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and till 11pm on Monday Labor Day. The local jam sessions afterwards last to 4am. CD’s and books can be purchased at the onsite Border’s Books, where you are able to meet and interact with the artists. I purchased the 2003 Herman Leonard Classic Jazz Calendar (only B-day facts on this one) and of course had a marvelously good time getting B-day signatures.
TO BE CONTINUED THE BEST IS YET TO COME

Peace, The Zebra Libra
jazzhope@attbi.com