Jazz series set to open next month

Among the legends of innovative jazz artists scheduled to participate in the 2008-2009 Jazz at Symphony Center series is a quartet of female artists that includes vocalist and guitarist Cassandra Wilson–scheduled to premiere the season September 26

Among the legends of innovative jazz artists scheduled to participate in the 2008-2009 Jazz at Symphony Center series is a quartet of female artists that includes vocalist and guitarist Cassandra Wilson–scheduled to premiere the season September 26 at 8 p.m., Dee Dee Bridgewater and Maggie Brown, daughter of Oscar Brown Jr.

Bridgewater and Brown are scheduled to lend their gifts of song to a special memorial tribute.

In 2004 when Wilson made her debut at the Chicago Symphony Center, the audience was amazed at her artistry and penetrating perception of classical, folk, jazz and popular music.

This season she returns to introduce songs from her current CD, Lovely.

Chicago has been treated to three generations of the Brown family.

Maggie Brown, inheriting the vocal talents of her father, Oscar Jr., is heralded for her musical and theatrical development as she preserves the family legacy in "Songs Of My Father," February 13 at 8 p.m.

Bridgewater, a dynamic jazz artist, will be the featured vocalist for "We Insist!" Max Roach’s "Freedom Now Suite" on the same evening.

The 1960 recording of the composition served as a dynamic inspiration to the social protest of the ’60s. Max Roach was the composer, Oscar Brown Jr. wrote the words and Bridgewater was the soloist.

Another female singer, Mariza, introduced fado, the soulful idiom of Portugal, internationally.

Three exceptional jazz legends, pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Gary Peacock and drummer Jack DeJohnette celebrate their 25th Anniversary Concert September 13 at 8 p.m. at the Symphony Center in Orchestra Hall.

Media critics credit the three as “the greatest piano trio in contemporary jazz.”

Jazz at Symphony Center 2008- 2009 season will be featured at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance November 10 at 8 p.m. with a program entitled "MusicNow" that will present world premieres featuring Chicago Symphony Orchestra Musicians, directed by Ludovic Morlot.

MusicNow commissions include works by Gonzalo Grau and Derrick Hodge of New York, with Peter Lieberson’s "Ziji" and "Raising the Gaze."

Hodge is remembered for writing the score to Spike Lee’s documentary "When the Levees Broke."

Earl Calloway can be reached via e-mail at ecalloway@chicagodefender.com.

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