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Fast Citizens

The Fast Citizens are the Chicago based sextet of Aram Shelton, Keefe Jackson, Josh Berman, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anton Hatwich and Frank Rosaly. Formed in 2002 by Jackson, the Fast Citizens have decided upon a rotating leader chair and for their sophomore release Shelton has taken the reins as main composer. The title Two Cities reflects the geographic locale of Shelton, (currently based in Oakland, California), and his continued relationship with the active music scene in Chicago. Focusing on orchestration and structural variety, the Fast Citizens present a stylistically diverse album that includes hard swing, lush ballads, high-energy free improvisation, modern composition and Sun-Ra inspired grooves.

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  • Festival Performance Date Sunday, September 1, 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 Saxophone
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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).

Additional Info

  • 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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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.

Additional Info

  • 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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