Feeling the vibe: Free jazz

Made in Chicago
Made in Chicago is, left to right, Henry Threadgill, Roscoe Mitchell, Jack DeJohnette, Larry Gray, and Muhal Richard Abrams.
Courtesy Paul Natkin

One of the most influential musical movements of the 20th century will be in the spotlight Thursday night at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis.

Acclaimed drummer Jack DeJohnette brings a stirring quartet to the Walker in a show that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians.

MPR News editor David Cazares and bassist Chris Bates discuss the free jazz movement, which has been an engine for experimental art in the nation and a strong influence on other jazz artists.

DeJohnette takes the stage with pianist Muhal Richard Abrams, sax players Roscoe Mitchell and Henry Threadgill, and bassist Larry Gray.

This episode also highlights a handful of strong local shows, including one Friday by the Twin Cities jazz fusion group Foreign Motion at the Nicollet in Minneapolis.

On Saturday, Latin music fans can look forward to "2 Nights to Cuba" at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. On stage will be Charanga Tropical, Malamanya, Salsa del Soul, Salsabrosa, QBand, Rene Dance and Nachito Herrera.

That same night, the Black Dog Cafe in St. Paul will host two jazz ensembles: the Noah Ophoven-Baldwin Trio and What Would Monk Do?

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