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Kahil El’ Zabar and the JUBA Jam

When you think of Chicago, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Capone and speakeasies? Deep-dish pizza? The Blues Brothers? Da Bulls? Da Bears? Ditka? Here’s another one to add to your list: the JUBA Collective, founded by JJA Percussionist of the Year and the man the Chicago Tribune hails as Artist of the Year, percussionist Kahil El’ Zabar. The JUBA Collective is set to take Chicago by storm for the whole month of September, featuring a cornucopia of free events including open rehearsals, lectures and discussions, and concerts in conjunction with the World Music Festival.

The JUBA Collective “is a cross-pollination of jazz, house, hip-hop, R&B, funk and Latin sounds combined with forceful spoken word and visual arts.” Their self-titled, debut CD on Premonition came out in May, and El’ Zabar’s Love Outside of Dreams (Delmark), featuring David Murray and Fred Hopkins, will be released soon.

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