Josh Berman Quartet
A late starter in jazz – he didn’t record his attention-grabbing debut, Old Idea, until he was 34 – cornetist Josh Berman didn’t waste any time hitting the fast lane as a major voice on Chicago’s amazing improvised music scene. Old Idea and its successors, There Now and A Dance and a Hop all drew high praise for their original takes on jazz tradition. Who but Berman, the swingingest of intellectuals, could – or would – update Chicago’s storied Austin High Gang of the 1920’s to such shrewd and bracing effect? Today, Berman will write another intriguing chapter in his late-breaking career by essentially merging three very different jazz scenes. His quartet will include the thrilling New York alto saxophonist Darius Jones, in whose Chicago Edition Berman played last year; quick-witted American-born, Amsterdam-based drummer Michael Vatcher, celebrated for his work in such groups as Trio BraamDeJoodeVatcher and Michael Moore’s Jewels & Binoculars, and bassist for all seasons Jason Roebke, a Chicagoan whose octet is making some of most impressive noises in town.