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