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Fat Babies

The Fat Babies are a seven piece jazz band interpreting classic styles of the 1920s and 30s. Founded in 2010 by string bass player Beau Sample, its members include Andy Schumm (cornet), John Otto (reeds), Dave Bock (trombone), Jake Sanders (banjo and guitar), Paul Asaro (piano), and Alex Hall (drums).

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  • Festival Performance Date Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 1:30 – 2:30pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Chicago Cultural Center - Randolph Square, 78 E. Washington, Chicago, IL 60602
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Hamid Drake

By the close of the 1990s, Hamid Drake was widely regarded as one of the best percussionists in improvised music.  Incorporating Afro-Cuban, Indian, and African percussion instruments and influence, in addition to using the standard trap set, Drake has collaborated extensively with top free jazz improvisers Peter Brotzmann, Fred Anderson, and Ken Vandermark, among others.

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  • Festival Performance Date Thursday, August 29, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 5:00 – 6:00pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Roosevelt University - Ganz Hall, 430 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Instrument Drums
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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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