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Ravi Coltrane

Praised for his music's "elusive beauty" (DownBeat), and for his "style informed by tradition but not encumbered by it" (Philadelphia City Paper), saxophonist Ravi Coltrane takes a bold step in his creative journey with Spirit Fiction, his Blue Note Records debut.

Spirit Fiction features two different band lineups, each with a unique expressive urgency. Several tracks feature Ravi's long-term quartet with pianist Luis Perdomo, bassist Drew Gress and drummer E.J. Strickland. Coltrane also enlisted a quintet featuring trumpeter Ralph Alessi, pianist Geri Allen, bassist James Genus and drummer Eric Harland — the personnel featured on From the Round Box, his acclaimed sophomore release from 2000.

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  • Festival Performance Date Friday, August 29, 2014
  • Festival Performance Time 8:30 pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Saxophone
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Rudresh Mahanthappa's GAMAK

Few musicians share the ability of saxophonist/composer Rudresh Mahanthappa to embody the expansive possibilities of his music with his culture. Time and again, Mahanthappa has eloquently displayed the capacity to absorb numerous styles and genres of music, combine them with the language of modern jazz, and emerge with a new form still recognizably jazz.

What has materialized is a sound that hybridizes progressive jazz and South Indian classical music in a fluid and forward-looking form that reflects Mahanthappa's own experience growing up a second-generation Indian-American. Just as his personal experience is never wholly lived on one side of the hyphenate or the other, his music speaks in a voice dedicated to forging a new path forward.

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  • Festival Performance Date Saturday, August 31, 2013
  • Festival Performance Time 7:25 – 8:25pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
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Rufus Reid

Rufus Reid, one of today's premiere bassists on the international jazz scene, with his reputation firmly established in the education arena, now adds composition to his vitae. Rufus participated in the BMI Jazz Composer's Workshop for five years which has empowered him to move more deeply into the composing arena. He has written for string orchestra, jazz ensembles large and small, concert band, double bass ensemble pieces and a solo bass composition. "Mass Transit," Rufus' three movement symphony orchestra composition, was premiered in 2011. Also premiered that year was the orchestral arrangement of Reid's "Caress The Thought" with soloist, Joe Guastafeste, retired principle bassist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

Additional Info

  • Festival Performance Date Friday, August 29, 2014
  • Festival Performance Time 6:00 pm
  • Festival Performance Location / Address Millennium Park - Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601
  • Instrument Bass
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