Jazz Institute of Chicago

July 31: The Hal Russell Story

The Hal Russell Story
A drummer, saxophonist, trumpeter and bandleader, Russell was one of the most colorful, flexible and fiery jazz musicians to ever work in Chicago. His long-running NRG Ensemble was formed in 1980 and became a major influence on the free jazz and improvised music scene led by Ken Vandermark, who often subbed in the group. The original lineup—reedist Mars Williams; bassist, guitarist, and trumpeter Brian Sandstrom; bassist Kent Kessler; and drummer Steve Hunt, along with kindred souls Vandermark and cellist/trumpeter Fred Lonberg-Holm—reunites to play the last album they made with Russell: The Hal Russell Story (ECM, 1992), an autobiographical exploration of the leader's life in music, with Academy Award-Nominated  actor Michael Shannon narrating the story. The Jazz Links Ensemble features Jenna Przybysz (Alto Sax), Chris Shuttleworth (Trombone), Ben Karon (Vibes), Liam Coussens (Bass), Michael Hojnacki (Drums). for full schedule click here

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 6:30pm
This is a Free event.


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