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September 01, 2004

Jazz matters

From the Trib, here are Howard Reich's reviews of the initial nights of the Chicago Jazz Festival: Monday's Kurt Elling/Von Freeman pairing in the new Millennium Park bandshell was "exuberant, dynamic and artistically free-wheeling," while last night's Ravi Coltrane tribute to daddy John's "A Love Supreme" was "a monumental disappointment."

The Sun-Times, meanwhile, has nothing to say. What, have Kevin Whitehead and Lloyd Sachs taken off for early Labor Day vacations?

In other news, Howard Reich reports that the Jazz Institute of Chicago has designated Fred Anderson the first recipient, and henceforth namesake, of its Chicago Musician of the Year award. (The AACM lion plays Jazz Fest at 5 pm Sunday in the Petrillo Music Shell. His combo will include Hamid Drake, Jeff Parker and Harrison Bankhead.)

By the way, tonight's the night for the Jazz Institute's annual Club Tour (in which buses circulate all evening among a dozen local spots). Twenty bucks buys you access to the deal, which includes cover at every participating club and as many bus rides as you like.