Made in Chicago 2012
2012-11-22 - 2012-11-25

Creativity and originality have always been the key elements that mark this event out as special. Chicago holds a legendary status in the world of jazz music and this festival, dedicated to Chicago Jazz, has the same status in the Polish jazz calendar. Every year Estrada invites a dozen or so musicians, both young guns and living legends, most of whom will be visiting Poland for the first time. Always placing a lot of emphasis on the breathtaking variety of acts performing, the fair on offer ranges from the traditional to the avant-garde and crosses over into the blues, African folk as well as modern jazz. However, it is the exclusive focus on Chicago jazz that makes Estrada's festival different, compared to the broader brush strokes adopted by the many other jazz events on the Polish scene. This year's edition will be inaugurated by a concert from  Jason Adasiewicz's Sun Rooms Trio. Their debut album made the New York Times top 10 jazz and pop recrdings of 2010 list. Certainly one of the highlights will be the performance by Living by Lanterns,  their first performance in Europe after their premiere in Chicago in 2011. Mike Reed, with Jason Adasiewicz and his band Loose Assembly, will also be on the bill to present their project inspired by Sun Ra. There will also be the chance to see a performance of Harrison Bankhead and his sextet, the music draws inspiration from the esthetics of AACM, it's melodic with characteristic rhythms of Bankhead. One surprise should be The Awakening. The legendary band from the funk fusion scene of the 70s is back on stage. Meanwhile Mary Halvorson will present her innovative jazz guitar sound with her quartet consisting of: Taylor Ho Bynumen, Tomas Fujiwara, naturally, and others. For the grand finale come and hear "Blowing in from Chicago", a new version of the legendary session recorded in 1957. It will be a return to the saxophone sound of the 50s. Performing will be Ed Wilkerson, Ari Brown, Ken Chaney, Ernie Adams and Harrison Bankhead. Every day during the festival you can enjoy workshops during which masters will show the tricks of their trade.

The programme looks like this:

22.11 Thursday
20:30 Sun Rooms Trio
New Gasworks Pavilion , H-3, ul.Ewangelicka 1

23.11 Friday
20:30 Harrison Bankhead Sextet
Scena Na Piętrze, C-1, ul. Masztalarska 8

22:30 Mary Halvorson Group
New Gasworks Pavilion , H-3, ul.Ewangelicka 1

24.11 Saturday
20:00 Living by Lanterns
Scena Na Piętrze, C-1, ul. Masztalarska 8

22:30 The Awakening
New Gasworks Pavilion , H-3, ul.Ewangelicka 1

25.11 Sunday
20:00 Blowin' in from Chicago
Scena Na Piętrze, C-1, ul. Masztalarska 8

Photo: Krzysztof Machowina

Available at the Estrada box office, ul. Masztalarska 8, C-1 (Open open 16:00 - 19:00, Tue, Fri 10:00 - 13:00).

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