Fareed Haque and Tony Monaco
Chicago’s Fareed Haque has spent much of career defying expectations of what the jazz guitarist is supposed to do and sound like. Born to Chilean and Pakistani parents, he’s seemingly sought to embody his own mixed heritage with ever-shifting musical hybrids. He’s played soulful post-bop with Javon Jackson, Latin jazz with Paquito D’Rivera, global jam band sounds with Flat Earth Ensemble, acoustic classical compositions, and groove-heavy rock with Garaj Mahal, among others. Recently, however, Haque has been tackling one of the most iconic and enduring contexts for his instrument, collaborating with Hammond B-3 whiz in a hard-hitting organ combo.
He’s partnered with high-octane organist Tony Monaco from Columbus, Ohio, whose reserves of energy match the guitarist’s. He studied with greats Hank Marr and Don Patterson but his greasy, rambunctious style owes serious debts to the great Jimmy Smith. His playing goes head-to-head with Joey DeFrancesco at his most extroverted. Today they’re joined by the simpatico percussive force of drummer Makaya McCraven and the set will surely preview material from the group’s forthcoming debut album crammed with original tunes and a Indian-flavored version of Wes Montgomery’s “Mellow Mood.”