On the eve of their 50th anniversary as a combined force in the world of jazz, we are delighted to welcome Art Ensemble Of Chicago back to our stage, 15 years after they last played here.
An avant-garde jazz ensemble that grew out of Chicago in the late 1960s, the AEC is notable for its integration of soulful and chaotic musical styles that span jazz’s entire history, helping to redefine what jazz music could be and continue to seek out its future.
They have used what they term little instruments from bicycle horns, bells, birthday party noisemakers, wind chimes, and a vast array of percussion instruments. They also include costumes and face paint in performance. Their show at Jazz Cafe is an extremely rare opportunity to experience the ensemble’s audio visual show in person.
Opening up the show on the night will be London based cosmic explorers Where Pathways Meet.
Roscoe Mitchell – alto, soprano and sopranino saxes
Famoudou Don Moye – drums, congas, bongos and percussion
Hugh Ragin – trumpet, flugelhorn and piccolo trumpet
Tomeka Reid – cello
Jaribu Shahid – double bass