World-class jazz artists bring the spectrum of contemporary jazz – with its myriad influences from the past up to the now – to the Logan Center concert stage. Presented by UChicago Presents. Purchase tickets at: https://chicagopresents.uchicago.edu/

Julian Lage, guitar
Fred Hersch, piano

October 18, 2019 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall, $38 / $30 UCID / $20 under 35 / $10 students
Lage’s and Hersch’s collaboration suggests a number of different eras and genres, from Johann Sebastian Bach and other 17th-century composers to bebop jazz and contemporary composition. The interplay between the two master musicians (whose instrumental combination is evocative of the ultimate Baroque keyboard instrument) creates a complex counterpoint of interweaving melodies and variations, each of the skilled improvisers inspiring the other.

 

Craig Taborn and Kris Davis, pianos
November 22, 2019 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall, $38 / $30 UCID / $20 under 35 / $10 students
Pound for pound, it’s hard to find a pair of improvising pianists better matched in profound creativity, technical mastery, and pioneering spirit than Kris Davis and Craig Taborn. Between them, they’ve netted two awards from the Doris Duke Foundation, three Downbeat Critics Choice awards, and amassed a list of performing credits that includes such artists as Dave Holland, John Zorn, Bill Frisell, Chris Potter, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Tyshawn Sorey.
 

Listening Session with Aaron Diehl
February 20, 2020 | 7:00PM
Free
The remarkably versatile pianist who is equally at home with classical and jazz shares some of his favorite recordings and discusses his own music in a casual setting, moderated by University of Chicago Assistant Professor Jennifer Iverson.

Aaron Diehl Trio and Warren Wolf: The Modern Jazz Quartet
February 21, 2020 | 7:30PM
Logan Center Performance Hall, $38 / $30 UCID / $20 under 35 / $10 students
Guided by Lewis’s dual sensibility, the quartet developed a unique sound that blurred the lines between classical and jazz, wrapped up in a suave, tuxedoed presentation that was equally suited to Carnegie Hall or the Village Vanguard. Pianist Aaron Diehl has taken up the pianistic lineage of musicians like Lewis. Trained as a classical musician but instilled from an early age with the instincts for groove and melody that distinguish him as one of the most celebrated players of his generation, Diehl and his trio team up with another stylistically ambidextrous master – vibraphonist Warren Wolf – to revive the MJQ sound with updated takes on their singular repertoire.

 

Melissa Aldana Quintet: Visions for Frida Kahlo
April 5, 2020 | 3:00PM
Logan Center Performance Hall, $38 / $30 UCID / $20 under 35 / $10 students
By the time she won the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone competition in 2013, Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana had already developed a reputation as masterful player and composer with sure footing in the jazz tradition yet an eye trained on future of the music. It’s only appropriate, then, that boundary-breaking Aldana – who carries the distinction as the first female instrumentalist and first South American to win the Monk Competition – comes from a long line of exceptional saxophonists; Melissa’s first teacher was her father, Marcos Aldana, and she still performs on the tenor saxophone that she inherited from her grandfather, Enrique Aldana.

 

Vijay Iyer Trio and guests
May 15, 2020 | 7:30PM
6:30 PM talk with Travis Jackson
Logan Center Performance Hall, $38 / $30 UCID / $20 under 35 / $10 students
In both his playing and his writing, Vijay Iyer has a penchant for imbuing impeccably crafted musical structures with layers of thoughtfulness and meaning. The MacArthur Genius fellow brings that same sensibility to his latest work Ghosts Everywhere I Go: The Arches Project, inspired by the writings of poet, sociologist, comic book author, and University of Chicago professor Eve Ewing. “I am interested in critically examining the word in which we live, asking questions about why it functions the way it does, and using imaginative work as a way of thinking through how it could be otherwise,” says Iyer of the piece.