This week: Matt Ulery at Millennium Park, Michael Bates in Brooklyn

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.

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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

$10 suggested donation.