FREE PERFORMANCE: Sunday, April 7, 2013, 2:00pm

CHICAGO: One of the central figures of the burgeoning improvised music scene in Amsterdam, Ab Baars has forged a unique voice on tenor saxophone and clarinet. Indeed, on the latter he is arguably among the most important contemporary practitioners, having distilled vocabulary from John Carter and Von Freeman, and an approach to improvising and composing no doubt influenced by the don of New Dutch Swing, Misha Mengelberg. Baars is in Chicago performing with Mengelberg’s ICP Orchestra, but at Corbett vs. Dempsey he will offer an unaccompanied set on clarinet, rare treat for lovers of the licorice stick!

(Photo, above: DowntownMusic.net)

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