The October Revolution of Jazz & Contemporary Music

October 1-31, 2019


Mike Reed’s Flesh & Bone

Sunday, October 8, 2pm & 4:30pm

Christ Church Neighborhood House

Greg Ward, alto saxophone
Tim Haldeman, tenor saxophone
Jason Roebke, bass
Mike Reed, drums
Ben Lamar Gay, cornet
Jason Stein, bass clarinet
Marvin Tate, words

Image by Adrienne Thomas.

While on tour in 2009, drummer-composer Mike Reed’s jazz quartet People, Places and Things was caught in the middle of a neo-Nazi rally and subsequent riot in the Czech Republic. That harrowing experience, which took years for Reed to fully process, led to the creation of Flesh & Bone, an expanded version of his quartet – Reed, bassist Jason Roebke, and saxophonists Tim Haldeman and Greg Ward – augmented by two additional stalwarts from the Chicago improvised music scene, bass clarinetist Jason Stein and trumpeter Ben Lamar Gay, along with vocalist/poet Marvin Tate Reed. The new music summons the spirit of Duke Ellington and Charles Mingus with thoroughly contemporary language and explosive energy.