FREE PERFORMANCE: Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2:00pm

CHICAGO: Corbett vs. Dempsey is happy to present a special Independence Day event marking the end of the Albert Oehlen exhibition, featuring the wonderful vibraphonist Jason Adasiewicz. Adasiewicz will play a unaccompanied set of songs by Sun Ra, original compositions, and improvisations.

A prolific and visible member of Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Adasiewicz is quickly gaining widespread recognition from his extensive work as a sideman as well as such high-profile honors as his strong showing in the Rising Star Vibes category of DownBeat‘s 2007 and 2008 Critics’ Poll. Critics have called him “a remarkably adroit colorist” (Jay Collins, Cadence) and “a welcome new voice” (Chris Kelsey, JazzTimes), noting his “probing sound” (Michael McCaw, AllAboutJazz.com) and ability “to create cunning and subtle rhythmic suspensions” (Derek Taylor, Dusted). Adasiewicz is a member of more than 20 working bands, including Rob Mazurek’s Exploding Star Orchestra, the Nicole Mitchell Quartet, Mike Reed’s Loose Assembly, the Guillermo Gregorio Trio, and Ken Vandermark’s Index Orkest.

The fireworks officially start early this year, at 2pm with Jason Adasiewicz, a perfect pre- or post-barbecue treat!

(Photo, above: Michael Jackson)

 

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