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Lester Bowie Tribute 

When: Fri., Oct. 9, 7:30 p.m. 2009
Price: $30-$50

Despite his mooring in jazz, the late trumpeter Lester Bowie was endlessly curious about all forms of contemporary music. He grew up playing blues in St. Louis and moved to Chicago in his mid-twenties, where he worked as a session musician but ultimately ventured into the avant-garde. In 1968 Bowie formed the Art Ensemble of Chicago with saxophonist Roscoe Mitchell, reeds expert Joseph Jarman, and bassist Malachi Favors. The group was known not only for synthesizing many different styles of jazz, but also for creating elaborate stage shows and using found objects as instruments. All the individual players had incredible technique and no creative inhibitions. They took a lot of pleasure in raw sound, rather than worry about melodic consonance. Bowie died in 1999, but his legend persists in the jazz world. He'll be memorialized at Friday's Lester Bowie Tribute Concert, featuring remaining Art Ensemble members Roscoe Mitchell (reeds) and Famoudou Don Moye (percussion), plus saxophonist Fred Ho, the James Carter Quartet, and young trumpeter Corey Wilkes. Fri., Oct. 9 at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre (401 Van Ness Ave.). $30-$50. Proceeds benefits Jazz in Flight. or 415-392-4400.

— Rachel Swan


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