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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PHILADELPHIA: ICA is very pleased to present The Sun Ra Arkestra under the direction of Marshall Allen. The Sun Ra Arkestra continues to deliver some of the most potent, soul-grabbing jazz music ever written. With lyrics and song titles filled with mysticism, mythology, space travel, and other similarly cosmic trains of thought, the Arkestra’s freewheeling stage shows, complete with colorful costumes and uninhibited adventurism, perfectly embody the otherworldly proclivities of true jazz innovator Sun Ra.

Tickets are $10 General Admission / $5 for Students with a Valid ID / FREE for ICA Members

 

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