TO: Arts/Entertainment Editor
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp
Summer Arts School \ International Exchange Program \ Public Radio Stations
\ Howmet Playhouse
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
April 15, 2002
TWO CHICAGO JAZZ GIANTS TO PERFORM
AT GRAND RAPIDS CONCERT MAY 18TH
FOR BENEFIT OF BLUE LAKE FINE ARTS CAMP
Two legendary Chicago jazz musicians---Saxophonist/Band Leader
Roscoe Mitchell and Tenor Saxophonist Fred Anderson---will perform at a
concert in Grand Rapids on May 18th for the benefit of Blue Lake Fine Arts
The concert will be held at the historic Wealthy Theater, 1130
Wealthy St. S.E. starting at 8:00 P.M. Tickets are $15. Admission for
students with a valid ID is $7. Tickets may be purchased at the Wealthy
Theater (616/451-8001) or by calling Blue Lake Public Radio (231/894-5656),
or by e-mailing radio@...
The Roscoe Mitchell/Fred Anderson Quintet will include pianist Craig
bassist Harrison Bankhead and drummer Vincent Davis. Blue Lake Public Radio
and GRTV/The Community Media Center will record this concert for broadcast
at a later date.
The concert, which will feature a wide variety of improvised music, is made
possible with support from The Gilmore Collection of Restaurants
(www.thebob.com) and Vertigo Music, 71 S. Division, Grand Rapids. Additional
support is being provided by The West Michigan Jazz Society
(www.wmichjazz.org) and The Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts
Chicago Tribune jazz writer Howard Reich describes Mitchell as
having an incalculable influence on the course of jazz music.
Mitchell is a virtuoso reedist, a groundbreaking composer and a founder of
the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the organization that helped launch it, the
Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), Reich wrote
in a recent review.
"If multi-instrumentalist Roscoe Mitchell never played another note, his
place in the history of American music would be assured. His music (is
often) organized not by theme or chord changes but by timbre, phrase and
Anderson opened The Velvet Lounge in 1982 as a home for jazz
musicians to perform without commercial constraints (
www.velvetlounge.net ). John Litweiler, writing in the December 2001 issue
of Jazz Times magazine, described Anderson as the finest tenor saxophonist
in free jazz/underground jazz/outside jazz today."
Mitchell and Anderson were reunited last year at the Velvet Lounge after
going their separate ways for more than 30 years. In March of this year,
they again teamed up at Chicago's Hot House to celebrate Anderson's 73rd
Founded in 1966, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camps mission is to serve
students gifted in the arts who are selected from a wide geographic area and
a broad spectrum of socio-economic,
racial and ethnic backgrounds (www.bluelake.org). Last year, nearly 5,000
elementary and junior and senior high students attended the West Michigan
summer arts school.
Blue Lake has two Public Radio stations---WBLV FM 90.3 in Muskegon and WBLU
FM 88.9 in Grand Rapids.
For photos, artist interviews call: (616) 846 - 4135.
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