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Jason Moran

Moran's debut recording as a leader, Soundtrack to Human Motion, was released in 1999 to great critical praise. Ben Ratliff of The New York Times named it the best album of the year and the Jazz Journalists Association awarded it "Best Debut Recording." The following year, Facing Left, established The Bandwagon trio with bassist Tarus Mateen and drummer Nasheet Waits, and prompted JazzTimes Magazine to declare the album "an instant classic." Moran augmented the trio for his third Blue Note release, Black Stars, adding avant-garde icon Sam Rivers, who plays saxophone, flute and piano on the recording. Gary Giddins of the Village Voice exclaimed, "Black Stars is possibly a Blue Note benchmark, definitely one of 2000's outstanding discs."

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  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 8:45pm – 10:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Piano
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Robert Glasper Trio

"Real music is crash protected," state the liner notes of Black Radio, a future landmark album by the Robert Glasper Experiment that boldly stakes out new musical territory and transcends any notion of genre, drawing from jazz, hip-hop, R&B and rock, but refusing to be pinned down by any one tag. Like an aircraft's black box for which the album is titled, Black Radio holds the truth and is indestructible.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Sunday, September 1, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 7:25 – 8:25pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Piano
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Satoko Fujii's Orchestra Chicago

Critics and fans alike hail pianist and composer SATOKO FUJII as one of the most original voices in jazz today. A truly global artist, she splits her time between New York and Japan and tours internationally leading several ensembles. Just as her career spans international borders, her music spans many genres, blending jazz, contemporary classical music, rock, and traditional Japanese music into an innovative synthesis instantly recognizable as hers alone. Her wide-ranging compositions can incorporate the simple melodies of folk song, the harmonic sophistication of jazz, the rhythmic power of rock, and the extended forms of symphonic composers. Although Fujii's compositions are full of sudden shifts in direction and mood, the extremes are always part of a greater conceptual whole. As an improviser, Fujii is equally wide-ranging and virtuosic. In her solos, explosive free jazz energy mingles with delicate melodicism and a broad palette of timbre and textures. She has showcased her astonishing range and ability on over 50 CDs as leader or co-leader since 1996. With each new recording or new band, she explores new aspects of her art.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 3:30 – 4:30pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Von Freeman Pavilion (South Promenade), 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Piano
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