For the second year in a row, local jazz and avant garde label Okka Disk (run by Bruno Johnson of the Sugar Maple and Palm Tavern fame) is playing host to a weekend of some of the best music of the free-form format. Bigger names in the business such as Peter Brotzmann, Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark will perform throughout three days of music, beginning on Friday, July 23rd and ending this Sunday, July 25th.
Friday evening begins at the Sugar Maple (441 E. Lincoln) with music by Peter Brotzmann and Joe McPhee & Ken Vandermark. Saturday starts out with a 3 p.m. performance at the Palm Tavern (298 S. Kinnickinnic Avenue) with Kent Kessler and Michael Zerang and ends at the Sugar Maple for an 8 p.m. two-group ensemble performance of Engines (Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Nate McBride and Timy Daisy) and Guts (Joe McPhee, Peter Brotzmann, Kent Kessler and Michael Zerang). Sunday concludes with a 3 p.m. solo by Brotzmann at the Sugar Maple followed by Ken Vandermark’s Topology with Joe McPhee.
Saturday’s original lineup included the late Chicago tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson who recently passed away at the age of 81. Undoubtedly, the entire weekend will serve as a tribute to a man who was a member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians and was called a “hero to the younger generation [and a] symbol of the combination of personal tenacity, historical continuity and radical musical integrity that many younger Chicago musicians, both within and outside the AACM, were inspired by”, by American Experimental Music. Anderson’s style was likened to that of his influences Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins and Sonny Rollins.