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Michael Zerang’s Blue Lights at the Chicago Jazz Festival

Impressions from last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival "Neighborhood Nights" series featuring Michael Zerang's Blue Lights performance at the Logan Square Monument.
Zerang’s group is comprised of many of Chicago’s most exciting and adventuresome improvisers: saxophonists Mars Williams and Dave Rempis, cornetist Josh Berman and bassist Kent Kessler. Zerang has been a stalwart member of the creative music scene in Chicago, as both a musician and an advocate of the scene. In 1985, Zerang founded the Links Hall Performance Series, in which he presented over 300 concerts in his four year tenure as curator. — Chicago Jazz Festival

The Chicago Jazz Festival‘s organizers have been presenting free concerts in various spots around the city, calling the series Neighborhood Nights. This past Saturday, Aug. 9, the series featured the superb drummer Michael Zerang, playing in front of Logan Square’s Illinois Centennial Monument with a band called Blue Lights. This was a stellar lineup of leading jazz musicians from Chicago — reedists Mars Williams and Dave Rempis, cornetist Josh Berman and bassist Kent Kessler — and it sounded lovely in that park. The group played some original compositions, but it closed with a recognizable melody from the past, Misirlou. — Robert Loerzel, Underground Bee

We'd like to say Thank You to Robert Loerzel for allowing us to use the images and his short report, and to encourage you to visit the Underground Bee blog for more pictures taken on that special sunny evening at Logan Square, but also other concert reviews and misc. commentary on the Chicago arts scene.

Tags: News, Michael Zerang, Michael Zerang & The Blue Lights, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis, Josh Berman, Kent Kessler, Chicago Jazz Festival, Neighborhood Nights, Projects
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