Matt Ulery feat. eighth blackbird at Chicago’s Millennium Park
Thursday, August 16th
From film-inspired orchestral composition to small group jazz to Eastern European folk music, bassist/composer Matt Ulery moves beyond notions of jazz-classical fusion to speak with a distinctive voice unburdened by genre limitations. Featuring members of eighth blackbird and vocalist Grazyna Auguscik, pianist Rob Clearfield, drummer Michael Caskey, violinist Zach Brock and others.
All concerts open with a short set performed by young, aspiring musicians from Chicago-area high schools through the Jazz Institute of Chicago’s Jazz Links Students Ensembles program.
Michael Bates Quartet hits Sycamore in Brooklyn
Sunday, August 19th
Underground Works is a new jazz series curated by the members of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground and Connection Works. The focus of the series is to create a greater awareness of the depth of creativity in composition and improvisation that exists in Brooklyn and extends beyond the scope of any one organization.
Michael Bates Quartet
Tony Malaby – saxophone
Russ Lossing – electric piano
Michael Bates – double bass
Jeremy ‘Bean’ Clemons – drums