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Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls Make Rare Philadelphia Appearance Tonight

SOURCE: Published: 2004-09-10
Tonight. Friday, September 10 | 8:00-10:00pm
Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls
with
Jeb Bishop, trombone
Geof Bradfield, tenor/soprano saxophone
Jeff Parker, guitar
Clark W. Sommers, bass
Ted Sirota, drums

This quintet of avant-garde collective souls hails from all over the map. Guitarist Jeff Parker cut his teeth with Chicago loop icons Tortoise; soprano and tenor saxophonist Geof Bradfield blew hard R&B with organ grinder Charles Earland; bassist Clark Sommers has performed with the Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra; and leader/drummer Sirota got all greasy with bluesman Eddie Kirkland and found jazz truth with the Chicago-based Sabertooth Jazz Quartet. Sirota's first album, Rebel Roots, was followed by Propaganda and Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls vs. the Forces of Evil. In 2003 Sirota and the Rebel Souls recorded Breeding Resistance. Sirota's background in reggae, calypso, soca, African music, blues, jazz and avant improv conjures a band that can blow mean bar-walking blues shuffle as easily as it pursues ethereal adventures in sound sculpting. The band's unruly cross-pollination of sounds and styles should erupt like a volcanic hailstorm at Slought. -Ken Micallef, Philadelphia Weekly

Trombonist Jeb Bishop has been active in new and improvised music in Chicago since 1993. He currently performs and records with groups including the Vandermark Five, the Peter Brotzmann Chicago Tentet, Terminal Four, School Days, the Territory Band, and his own Jeb Bishop Trio. He also organizes and performs in the monthly Chicago Improvisers Group concerts at the Green Mill in Chicago.

Tenor/soprano saxophonist Geof Bradfield received his Master's degree at CalArts, studying with Charlie Haden, Albert “Tootie Heath, Roscoe Mitchell, and Joe LaBarbara. He has performed with Jodie Christian, Marlene Rosenberg and Charles Earland, among others.

Guitarist Jeff Parker is a leading figure in Chicago's post-rock and creative music scene. He is best know for his contributions to Tortoise, Isotope 217 and Rob Mazurek's Chicago Underground Quartet. He has performed/recorded with Brian Blade, Fred Anderson, Roy Hargrove and Ernest Dawkins. Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich says, “Parker's work has a succinctness and self-assurance that distinguishes him from many other young improvisers. Not a note is wasted or extraneous, not a phrase is played without purpose and conviction". Jeff was most recently included in the Downbeat magazine article, “The Next 25", highlighting some of the hottest young musicians on the jazz scene today.

Bassist Clark W. Sommers has performed with Wadada Leo Smith, Vinny Golia, the Charlie Haden Liberation Orchestra, and the Joe LaBarbara Sextet.

Leader/drummer Ted Sirota graduated from Berklee College of Music in 1991 while a member of the Last Kwartet (with trombonist Sara P. Smith, bassist Chris Lopes, and frequent companion Jeff Parker). Following his relocation to Chicago, Sirota began a two-year association with Eddie Kirkland and, in 1995, he became a member of a Chicago-based Sabertooth Jazz Quartet (which frequently appeared at the Green Mill) and, in 1996, Sirota formed his ensemble Rebel Souls. The members have included Parker, tenor saxophonist Geof Bradfield, cornetist Rob Mazurek, trombonist Jeb Bishop, and bassists Noel Kupersmith, Josh Abrams, and Clark Sommers. Sirota's first album, Rebel Roots, was recorded for the British Naim label in 1996, followed by Propaganda (Naim Records) and Ted Sirota's Rebel Souls vs. the Forces of Evil. In 2003, Sirota and the Rebel Souls recorded Breeding Resistance for Chicago's acclaimed Delmark Records.

Slought Foundation | 4017 Walnut Street
Online ticketing available via: http://slought.org

Event Date: Friday, September 10, 2004; 8:00-10:00pm
Program Fee: $12.00 | Reservation not required.

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