Vandermark, Roberts to play free Millennium Park jazz series

Ken Vandermark

Chicago jazz saxophonist-clarinetist and MacArthur Fellowship winner Ken Vandermark (with baritone sax) at his north side home/ studio. (Phil Velasquez / Chicago Tribune / January 28, 2014)

Ken Vandermark, Matana Roberts, Ernest Dawkins and Fareed Haque will be among the headliners for the 10th annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series this summer at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Running every Thursday evening from July 24 through Aug. 28, the free series is presented by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in partnership with the non-profit Jazz Institute of Chicago.

All concerts start at 6:30 p.m.; for more information, visit millenniumpark.org or phone 312-742-1168.

Following is the complete linup:

July 24: “The Poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar: Milton Suggs Big Band.” Singer Suggs performs original sings incorporating Dunbar’s words.

July 31: “The Hal Russell Story.” The NRG Ensemble that Russell led until his death in 1992, at age 66, re-convenes to revisit the autobiographical music of Russell’s last album. Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Kent Kessler and Steve Hunt will be joined by Ken Vandermark and Fred Lonberg-Holm.

Aug. 7: John Moulder’s “Earthborne Tales of Soul and Spirit.” Guitarist Moulder plays his suite with Donny McCaslin, Jim Trompeter, Marquis Hill, Eric Hochberg and Xavier Breaker.

Aug. 14: “COIN COIN Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile.” Saxophonist Matana Roberts leads a traversal of her extended, narrative suite.

Aug. 21: Fareed Haque: “Chicago: Crossroads of the World.” The versatile Chicago guitarist will explore mainstream and world-music facets of his art.

Aug. 28: “Homage to Nelson Mandela: Ernest Dawkins’ Memory in the Center, an Afro Jazz Opera.” The final installment of Made in Chicago doubles as opening night of the Chicago Jazz Festival, with saxophonist Dawkins convening musicians from Chicago, South Africa and England.

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