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Sweet Home Chicago: The AACM at 50

Abrams, DeJohnette, Threadgill and Mitchell recall the Windy City in the '60s

Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Muhal Richard Abrams, Jack DeJohnette and Larry Gray (from left), 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival
Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Gray and Muhal Richard Abrams (from left), 2013
Jack DeJohnette in 1965

In tribute to the late Muhal Richard Abrams, we’re posting Shaun Brady’s complete AACM 50th anniversary feature from the May 2015 issue. 

When Jack DeJohnette was invited back to his hometown to open the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival in August 2013, the legendary drummer was given free rein to assemble any sort of program he desired. Having just wrapped up a yearlong celebration of his 70th birthday, DeJohnette chose not to reunite with any of the giants he’d made his name with, and he opted not to feature a new ensemble with some of the younger musicians he continues to challenge.

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