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DANCE PARTY BEFORE THE SHOW at 6:30pm
Warm up and dance with your own Cuban Cocktail as we count down to the HotHouse Meets Havana Festival each night
Toast to HotHouse at 34 years with a brindis (cocktail ) and a dance
Opening each night will be a “cuban cocktail dance party” at 6:30 pm CST with DJ MADRID – Zoom registration pass code is 756 523
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RUY LOPEZ-NUSSA, TOMEKA REID AND JUNIUS PAUL, ALEJANDRO FALCÓN, RICHARD STEELE-HOST
TOMEKA REID and JUNIUS PAUL DUET
Cellist and composer Tomeka Reid, described as a “new jazz power source” by The New York Times, is an active musician in Chicago’s bustling jazz and improvised music community. With a distinctive melodic sensibility, always rooted in a strong sense of groove, Reid has been a key member of ensembles led by legendary reedists like Anthony Braxton and Roscoe Mitchell, as well as a younger generation of visionaries including flutist Nicole Mitchell, vocalist Dee Alexander, and drummer Mike Reed. In 2013, she launched the first Chicago Jazz String Summit, a semi-annual three-day international festival of cutting-edge string players. She is a Foundation of the Arts and 3Arts Awardee, and received her doctorate in music from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In 2019, Reid received a teaching appointment at Mills College as the Darius Milhaud chair in composition.
Junius Paul, composer, bandleader & acoustic and electric bassist, born and raised in the Chicago area. An internationally established bassist, some of Junius’ performance and/or recording credits include The Art Ensemble Of Chicago, numerous configurations of ensembles led by Roscoe Mitchell, Famoudou Don Moye Sun Percussion Summit, AACM Small Ensemble & Big Band, Kahil El’Zabar, Makaya McCraven, The Fred Anderson Trio, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jeff Parker, Vincent Davis & Percussion Plus, Dee Alexander, The Curtis Fuller Quintet, Oliver Lake, Willie Pickens, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Marquis Hill, KRS-One and Donald Byrd among others. Junius’ debut album, “Ism”, was released in November 2019 via International Anthem Recording Company, receiving a 4 star rating from Downbeat Magazine.
Ruy López-Nussa Lekszycki was born in Mexico City, 1957 and currently lives in Havana, Cuba. He is one of the most relevant Cuban percussionists, Ruy López-Nussa, and is a star of a weekly Culture Ministry concert to support social isolation in the fight against Covid-19. With the message # Quédateencasa (StayAtHome) the initiative is aimed at promoting the government sponsored measures to face the pandemic that currently affects most of the countries in the world. The Ministry of Culture and the ICM have been making an effort to provide entertainment with quality local artistic creations, broadcast through virtual platforms, linked to radio and TV. López-Nussa has been a professor at Havana’s Alejandro García Caturla and Amadeo Roldán Music Schools and performed at international jazz festivals in different countries. His book “Ritmos de Cuba. Percusión y Batería” (Rhythms of Cuba. Percussion and Drums), written mostly for educational purposes is based on his own experiences, and is considered by specialists s a masterpiece that delves into the roots of Cuban culture. In 2009, he started the band La Academia, based on his book and mixes concerts with the teaching his pedagogical findings. The La Academia Band members are Drums: Ruy López-Nussa Lekszycki, Piano: Harold Charon Cisneros, Bass: Arnulfo Guerra, Trumpet: Roberto García López, Percussion: Octavio Rodríguez Rivera
EDWARD WILKERSON JR. WITH JIM BAKER AND JAMIE KEMPKERS
EDWARD WILKERSON JR.
Edward L. Wilkerson Jr. is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the cutting-edge octet 8 Bold Souls, and the 25-member performance ensemble Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. “Defender”, a large-scale piece for Shadow Vignettes, was commissioned by the Lila Wallace/Reader’s Digest Fund and featured in the 10th Anniversary of New Music America, a presentation of BAM’s Next Wave Festival.
His music can be heard on 14 recordings, including two film soundtracks and the critically acclaimed albums Birth of a Notion, and 8 Bold Souls, both on his own Sessoms Records label.
One of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene, Wilkerson from the 1980s into the new millennium may have become best known as a bandleader and composer, particularly associated with medium- to large-scale projects (somewhat daunting in an era when creative music bandleaders are challenged to keep even small ensembles together). He has also been a major presence in Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization’s music school and serving for a time as AACM president.
Jim Baker is an eccentric and deep-thinking musician who has jammed with some of the best in the world, from Chicago flautist and bandleader Nicole Mitchell to Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore, of Massachusetts. His talent and humor shines in his solo Delmark CD, More Questions Than Answers, which is the perfect album to let play on repeat for auditory relaxation or intense retrospection — depending on your mood. If you’ve not seen and heard Baker labor like a scientist or switchboard operator over the complex assemblage of cables, pedals and knobs that he uses to control his ARP synthesizer, then you’ve not experienced the best Old School electronic music that gets played in Chicago.
Jamie Kempkers, cello, is based in Chicago and was a member of the Holland, Michigan band Marzuki. He is an ensemble member of Tatsu Aoki’s MIYUMI Project.
Alejandro Falcón is a pianist, composer, arranger and musical producer who inserts multiple elements of Cuban and Latin American music, mainly danzón, son and afrocuban rhythms, fused with jazz in his unmistakable style.
In 2008 he founded Alejandro Falcón and Cubadentro, a jazz group composed of piano, bass, drums and tumbadoras.
He has shared the stage and collaborated with the great artists of Cuba and the world such as: Arturo O’Farrill, Brad Mehldau, Buena Vista Social Club, Cesária Évora, Chucho Valdés, Gal Costa, Omara Portuondo, Oscar de León, Randy Brecker, and Tata Güines.
In 2017 during the celebrations in Cuba for the “International Jazz Day” offered a concert witnessed by Herbie Hancock and the international delegation of UNESCO in which students of the “Thelonious Monk” Institute participated with him. He shared the stage with Chucho Valdés and Hancock in Fábrica de Arte Cubano (FAC) and joined the prestigious Marcus Miller in a jam session.
RICHARD STEELE – Host
Richard Steele was all over Chicago’s radio dial at WJPC, WBMX, WVON, WGCI and WGRT, where he became known as “The Real Steele.”
At Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM Steele hosted Talk of the City, interviewing people like Gwendolyn Brooks, William Safire and Wynton Marsalis. A host and contributor to WBEZ’s talk shows and jazz programs, Steele is a past president of NATRA and the black radio announcers guild, He recently retired from WBEZ- where he was also the community voice, hosting “The Barber Shop Show,” a weekly talk show he tapes at Carter’s Barber Shop, 3622 W. Cermak Rd., in the North Lawndale neighborhood.