Join us this Sunday at Comfort Society in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Chicago's heroic Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), whose composers and improvisers changed the course of jazz forever.
John Litweiler, jazz critic and author of the acclaimed history “The Freedom Principle: Jazz After 1958” (1984) will interview former AACM president, Mwata Bowden in this series of talks sponsored by Intelligentsia Coffee.
A composer, teacher, and leader of bands (including the University of Chicago jazz ensemble), Bowden is a top improviser on many woodwind instruments. He has brought his music around the world with his own bands, the 8 Bold Souls, and the Miyumi Project, and other settings. He is an artist whose big saxophone and clarinet sounds, aggressive, swinging, blues-rich style, and versatility mark him as highly original.
Litweiler and Bowden will discuss the earlier era of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mwata’s training in the AACM School of Music, and his AACM adventures, including his years as AACM president.
Comfort Society is a series of talks on anything from the useful to the unexpected. Talks take place Sundays at noon and coffee is served.