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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.

The full schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, June 15

Chicago Ad Hoc: A first time meeting of ten performers featuring an amalgam of instrumental combinations ranging from brass to reeds to electronics to strings.

Thursday, June 16

Peter Brotzmann and Nasheet Waits

Davey Williams with Jim Baker and Tim Daisy

The Rempis Percussion Ensemble

Surprise Set

Friday, June 17

Ken Vandermark with Torsten Muller, Paul Rutherford and Dylan Van Der Schyff

Peter Brotzmann, Kent Kessler, Paul Rutherford and Nasheet Waits

The Tatsu Oaki, Ed Wilkerson Jr. and Michael Zerang Trio

Surprise Set

Saturday, June 18

Sam Rivers

The Robert Barry, Paul Rutherford Duo

The Fred Lonberg-Holm Trio

Relay Signals featuring Jason Ajemian, Zoe Buck, Tim Daisy, Ernst Karel and Aram Shelton

More information on the Festival of Jazz and Improvised Music can be found on the Empty Bottle’s website.

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