The October Revolution in Jazz is arguably the most seminal jazz concert series ever held. Organized by Bill Dixon in 1964, it was a comprehensive four-day survey of jazz’s cutting edge, including Cecil Taylor, Jimmy Guiffre, Andrew Hill, Sheila Jordan, Steve Lacy, etc. ad infinitum. It gave birth to the Jazz Composers Guild, which paved the way for the Jazz Composers Orchestra Association, New Music Distribution Service, and a plethora of artist-produced recordings and concert series. It marked the beginning of the Golden Era of do-it-yourself jazz culture in the U.S.
To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the series, three groups performed at the Fez Room under the Times Cafe, the home stage of the Mingus Big Band: the trios of Zane Massey and Myra Melford, and a quartet comprised of Rashied Ali, Borah Bergman, Joe McPhee, and Wilbur Morris.