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Jazz City: Chicago Bass Masters Concert 3/30
(Published: March 18, 2007)

Jazz City: Chicago Bass Masters Concert 3/30
The Chicago Jazz Institute presents a concert as part of the Jazz City series to pay tribute to the legacies of Wilbur Ware, Milt Hinton, Fred Hopkins and Malachi Favors, featuring bass masters Larry Gray and Harrison Bankhead, with Ari Brown on piano, Avreeayl Ra on drums, Art Hoyle on trumpet and Edward Wilkerson on reeds. This Chicago Bass Masters concert will take place on March 30th, at Sherman Park, 1301 W. 52nd St. in Chicago at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.

Harrison Bankhead, Chicago's premier bassist of creative music, is best known for his great work with Ed Wilkerson's 8 Bold Souls. Bankhead has performed with Oliver Lake, Joshua Redman, Fred Anderson, Von Freeman, The Waukegan Symphony, Roscoe Mitchell, Billy Pierce, Billy Harper and many others.

Bassist Larry Gray has worked with such jazz legends as George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Fortune, Ira Sullivan, Junior Mance, David "Fathead" Newman, Charles McPherson, Antonio Hart, Benny Golson, Jackie McLean, Sonny Stitt, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Al Cohn, Eddie Harris and Les McCann. In addition, he has collaborated with guitarists Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, and Tal Farlow, as well as the drummers Ed Thigpen and Jack DeJohnette, and trumpeters Donald Byrd and Harry "Sweets" Edison, among others. Gray held the position of Professor of Double Bass at DePaul University for nineteen years, and also taught at Northern Illinois University and the American Conservatory of Music.

Ari Brown will be the pianist for this concert, although his principle instrument is the saxophone. He performs at Urban Gateways and Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He has performed with many music greats including: Anthony Braxton, Muhal Richard Abrams, Lou Rawls, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Elvin Jones, Andrew White, Della Reese, Billy Eckstein.

The Chicago Jazz and Heritage Program, collaboration between the Chicago Park District and the Jazz Institute of Chicago began in 1997. It seeks to connect people from all backgrounds and generations to the musical and spiritual legacy of jazz in Chicago, and to make the music accessible to all. Two programs support this goal. Jazz City; a seven concert-and-workshop series that presents four distinct styles of jazz music (Bebop, Big Band, Latin Jazz and Free Jazz) and travels to neighborhood parks all over the city.

Jazz City: Chicago Bass Masters Concert
Date: 03/30/07
Start Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost: free
Location : Sherman Park

Upcoming Jazz City Concerts:

03/30/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Chicago Bass Masters Sherman Park
04/27/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Big Band/Big Dance, Chicago Jazz Ensemble Hamilton Park 05/11/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Young Jazz Lions Tuley Park
06/15/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Dee Alexander: Homage to Light Henry Huff Columbus Park
07/13/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Latin Jazz Festival Humboldt Park
10/05/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Ken Chaney Xperience Reunion Loyola Park
11/02/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Saxophone Summit La Follette Park
11/30/07 7:30 PM Jazz City: Organ Blast South Shore Cultural Center

Submitted By: jazzears


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