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HotHouse Announces Lineup for Jazz Fest Aftersets

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014

Chicago Jazz Festival Concert headlined by Harrison Bankhead and Vincent Chancey

HotHouse was one of the originators of the “Afterset” – a now ubiquitous panoply of concerts that happen around the city once the lights dim for the night at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park.

In fact, the now infamous story of the raid on the Adams Street loft during the 1982 Eight Bold Souls afterset is ensconced in the annals of jazz lore. When HotHouse opened legitimately in the storefront on Milwaukee Avenue, famous afterfest sessions there included the legendary father and son pairing of Dewey and Joshua Redman, the Chicago debut of Charles Gayle, and the showcasing of most of the young lions emerging on the scene (Vijay Iyer, Dafnis Preito, Danilo Perez, et.al.).

The tradition continued when HotHouse moved just blocks from the bandshell in its second space downtown. There, with close proximity to the Festival and down the block from the Jazz Showcase, fans could count on an entire block of star power into the wee hours. While the Showcase attracted the boppers, HotHouse favored the avant-garde- democratically ensuring various strains of jazz music was being expressed.

When HotHouse moved out of its last permanent home in 2007, organizers affiliated with HotHouse have been carrying out the legacy of their award winning programs by presenting in a variety of venues around the region. With many of their jazz programs presented in a seasonal series across the lake, this concert marks an ideal opportunity to experience the HotHouse presenting difference in its home city.

On Sunday August 31, HotHouse will present Harrison Bankhead’s Velvet Blue Quartet with special guest Vincent Chancey and other musicians direct from the stage at the Chicago Jazz Fest. Especially anticipated are members of the Sun Ra Arkestra and the appearance of band director and elder member of the band, Marshall Allen. The concert is being presented in a rooftop garden at 117 N. Jefferson. Tickets are $20 in advance via the HotHouse web-site or $25 at the door. Tickets are limited to 70 people.

Event Summary /Calendar listing

HotHouse presents its annual Jazz Fest Aftersets

Sunday August 31, 2014  9pm

117 N. Jefferson penthouse / rooftop garden (between Washington and Randolph)

Tickets for each concert are $20 per person in advance via the HotHouse web-site www.hothouse.net

$25 walk up- tickets limited to 70

ABOUT THE ARTISTS

HARRISON BANKHEAD

Chicago bassist plays with a number of combos, from mainstream to avant-garde (Witches and Devils). Says the Chicago Reader jazz critic  Neil Tesser, “Bankhead’s playing is firmly rooted in a Chicago bass lineage that stretches back to Milt Hinton and includes Wilbur Ware and Malachi Favors; the dry warmth of both his tone and his melodies has proved welcome, even comforting, in the many contexts in which he’s performed.”  He regular performs with Dee Alexander, Roscoe Mitchell and has recently released his first CD as a leader  – Morning Sun Harvest Moon

EDWARD L. WILKERSON, JR., is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the cutting edge octet, 8 Bold Souls, and the 25 member performance ensemble, Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. One of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene, Edward Wilkerson Jr., from the ’80s into the new millennium may have become best known as a bandleader and composer, particularly associated with medium- to large-scale projects. He has also been a major presence in Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization’s music school and serving for a time as AACM president.

MARS WILLIAMS is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul. Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene.

AVREEAYL RA

is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl’s father, Arthur “Swinglee” O’Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. (Avreeayl reports that John Gilmore had a crush on Avreeayl’s sister and so spent as much time as he could at the family house.) Swinglee O’Neil played in one of Sun Ra’s early Chicago bands, and Sun Ra played in one of Swinglee’s groups as well.

Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with AACM co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran. Avreeayl has performed and /or recorded with Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Lester Bowie, Ari Brown, Oscar Brown, Jr., Henry Butler, Henry Byrd (“Professor Longhair”), Hamid Drake, Malachi Favors, Donald Raphael Garrett, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Billy Harper, Joseph Jarman, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Nicole Mitchell, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Thompson, and many more.

VINCENT CHANCEY French Horn and Composer
Over the past 25 years Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished French horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts. He first came to prominence as a regular member of the Sun Ra Arkestra in the late 1970’s. After he worked for six years with the Carla Bley Band, in 1984, he joined Lester Bowie’s Brass. For many years, he has also been part of the David Murray Big Band. Elsewhere he has played with Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston, The Gil Evans Orchestra and The Mingus Orchestra. In the Contemporary Classical idiom, he has worked with Guus Janssen on varied projects in The Netherlands as well as become an accomplished composer in his own right.

ABOUT HotHouse

HotHouse was founded in 1987 to provide a forum for expression in the arts that was under-represented elsewhere in the Chicago cultural community. It was created primarily to curate multi-arts and educational activities that bolstered the prominence of innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market and to facilitate events that amplified a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse “few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a  “Best of Chicago” award opined “from European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.”

For two decades the organization maintained two cultural centers where it presented its award-winning programs-the first catalyzed growth in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1987-1995) and the second spurred development in the South Loop in downtown Chicago (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.

For more information, 773 989-7825

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