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  • Robert Glasper Quartet

    Sep 1 | 7:25-8:25 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    On his hit 2012 album Black Radio (Blue Note) pianist and Houston, Texas native Robert Glasper made explicit what was always bubbling away within his music: the heavy influence of hip-hop and contemporary R&B. And even though he leads his jazz-oriented quartet tonight with bassist Derrick Hodge, drummer Mark Colenburg, and saxophonist and vocalist Corey Benjamin, expect that the funk will still shine through clearly.

    Jason Moran: Fats Waller Dance Party

    Aug 31 | 8:45-10:00 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Few jazz musicians smash boundaries like MacArthur Grant-winning pianist Jason Moran, whose multifarious work pushes not only toward disparate musical styles, but also toward other artistic disciplines. The Fats Waller Dance Party project finds Moran, his long-running Bandwagon and an eclectic crew of cohorts using the music and era of Waller as a jumping off point...

    Gregory Porter

    Aug 31 | 6:10-7:05 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    “I firmly consider myself a jazz singer but I enjoy blues, southern soul, and gospel,” says Gregory Porter. “Those elements make their way inside my music. And I’ve always heard them in jazz.” Indeed, the singer’s forthcoming third album Liquid Spirit—his debut for legendary Blue Note label—captures all of these elements beautifully, a organic blend that springs from the singer’s understanding and feel for the close relationship of these traditions.

    Charles Lloyd and Friends featuring Bill Frisell

    Aug 30 | 9:00-10:00 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    In March he turned 75 and his touring in 2013 is marked by special birthday celebrations, including this visit to Chicago. Lloyd will perform with his long-time rhythm section with bassist Reuben Rogers and drummer Eric Harland—two players who’ve fully absorbed and reflect the liquid mutability, serenity, and concentrated power of the leader’s music—but they’ll be joined by special guest Bill Frisell.

    Wadada Leo Smith’s Ten Freedom Summers...

    Aug 30 | 7:40 - 8:40 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Mississippi native, trumpeter, and composer Wadada Leo Smith, a key early member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, completed a monumental piece of work in 2011, an elaborate suite of compositions he calls Ten Freedom Summers. The powerful music avoids easy categorization. In fact, much of it is fully composed, yet Smith’s resourceful collaborators imbue every note and rhythm with individuality.

    Jack DeJohnette: Special Legends Edition Chicago

    Aug 29 | 6:30 PM
    Jay Pritzker Pavilion
    Chicago native, drummer, composer and recent NEA Jazz Master Jack DeJohnette is duly famous for some remarkably fruitful associations over the years—working under the leadership of legends like reedist Charles Lloyd (who headlines the Pritzker Pavilion on Friday), trumpeter Miles Davis, and, most enduringly, pianist Keith Jarrett. He’s also released more than thirty albums as a leader during his vaunted career ...

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