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Christopher McBride Quartet

Superb Alto Saxophonist Christopher McBride has been slowly but steadily turning heads with his ubiquitous work as an invaluable sideman since the mid-aughts. Now the time has come for him to take a bow as a bandleader, and his 2012 debut album Quatuor de Force certainly establishes his ability to front a group and write his own soulful, melodically indelible tunes. Applauded for his ability to play in all musical situations, McBride has the ability to unleash a fiery attack and serrated tone, but on his recent album he explores a more measured, mellow sound heavily influenced by contemporary R&B—with a strong shot of Cannonball Adderley's post-bop sensuality–but his improvising is still rigorous and cogent.

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  • Festival Performance Date Friday, August 30, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 2:20 – 3:15pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Bass
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Frank Russell Band

Frank Russell is a Chicago native and master bass player. He began his musical training at an early age playing drums, guitar and sax before switching to bass guitar at the age of 14. Frank has been playing it ever since, along the way working or recording with such diverse artists as The Spaniels, Dee Clark, Dee Dee Warwick, Freddie Hubbard, Ramsey Lewis, Bobby Irving (Miles Davis), Art Porter, Alphonze Mouzon, Red Holt, Mike Wolf (Arsenio Hall), Peter Erskine (Weather Report), Ken Chaney, Sugar Blue and many others.

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  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 12 Noon – 12:55pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Bass
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Harrison Bankhead Sextet

The Chicago-based jazz bassist Harrison Bankhead is an avant-garde-leaning musician with a journeyman's ability to fit within an array of jazz styles from straight-ahead to free jazz. A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Bankhead has performed with a variety of artist including Oliver Lake, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, Roscoe Mitchell, Malachi Thompson, Hamid Drake, and others. He released the solo album Morning Sun Moon Harvest in 2011.

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  • Festival Performance Date Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 1:45 – 2:45pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Chicago Cultural Center - Claudia Cassidy Theater, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
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