“A Tribute to Ken Chaney”
Last December Chicago lost one of its greatest and most beloved jazz artists in pianist Ken Chaney. The Canadian native was a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, he worked with Young-Holt Unlimited—that’s him on the smash “Soulful Strut”—and then set out on his own with the Awakening. The group included some of the city’s most versatile and distinctive players—including saxophonist Ari Brown, trumpeter Frank Gordon, and bassist Reggie Willis–masterfully balancing soul jazz, free jazz, and hard bop. For his last several decades he led the Xperience, introducing many of the city’s greatest singers including Dee Alexander and Ann and Susan Ward.
Naturally, his music will live on and this evening another of his band mates from the Awakening, trombonist and arranger T.S. Galloway—a veteran of the Count Basie Band who’s been based in Europe for nearly three decades–will pay tribute to Chaney leading a talent-packed Chicago big band with saxophonists Dudley Owens, Irvin Pierce, Rajiv Halim Orozco, and Mwata Bowden, trumpeters Corey Wilkes, Larry Bowen, and Pharez Witted, trombonists Audrey Morrison, Norman Palm, and Willie Woods, bassist Larry Gray, pianist Robert Irving III, and drummer Xavier Breaker.