Malachi Thompson's Freebop Band Plays The Velvet Lounge on August 25

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Malachi Thompson's Legendary Freebop Band Plays The Velvet Lounge on August 25

Trumpeter Malachi Thompson and his Freebop Band, will play at the Velvet Lounge August 25, for two sets starting at 10:00pm. The Freebop Band, which features lumanaries Gary Bartz on alto and soprano saxophones, and Billy Harper on tenor saxophone, has been a Chicago staple for over twenty years. Malachi's style which combines elements of be-bop and free improvisation has garnered international attention with the release of his most recent CD for the Delmark record label, titled Rising Daystar, which reached #2 on the Jazziz radio chart as well as #4 on the CMJ chart indicating substantial radio attention. Tickets are $12 at the door and $10 in advance at the Jazz Record Mart, 444 N. Wabash, (312)222-1467. For more information contact the Velvet Lounge at (312) 791-9050 or email

Malachi Thompson (trumpet), Gary Bartz (alto & soprano), Billy Harper (tenor), Kirk Brown (piano), Harrison Bankhead (bass), Nasar Abadey (drums).

“ of the ageless innovators of jazz...(Thompson has) a gift for conceiving arrangements and solos of stunning technical and emotional range." --Rueben Jackson, The Washington Post

“Thompson's Freebop Band from Chicago begins about 10 steps ahead fo most jazz ensembles."--Lazaro Vega, Grand Rapids Press

“...This is hard bop like it ought to be but is seldom heard."--The Village Voice

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