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Chicago Hosts Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music

Chicago’s Empty Bottle has hosted just about every type of music imaginable in its 13-year history, but jazz has always held a special place in the Bottle’s heart. Its weekly jazz series began in January 1996 with the help of reedist Ken Vandermark and writer/musician/producer John Corbett and this year marks the venue’s Ninth Annual Empty Bottle Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music, set to take place June 15-18.

This year’s festival is another celebration of the avant-garde jazz that Chicago is known for. In addition to Vandermark and Corbett, the festival will also feature performances by Sam Rivers, Peter Brotzmann (pictured), Ed Wilkerson Jr., Paul Rutherford, Nasheet Waits and Robert Barry.

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