BlueStem Jazz is back on the Garver Patio featuring Keefe Jackson and Anton Hatwich.
Keefe Jackson (reeds) and Anton Hatwich (bass) will perform as a duo, bringing with them the tunes, the vibes, and the rapport that comes with twenty years of playing together in groups like the Fast Citizens, the Aram Shelton Quartet, Tim Daisy’s Festival Quartet and Josh Berman’s Old Idea. The nice thing about such a long history of music making together is that the methods and the language need minimal or no discussion (it was like that since the beginning, believe it or not), and the two can get right to the chase: making momentous music in the moment. Other things that are guaranteed: original compositions by the duo and their immediate cohort, and other people’s music: chestnuts old and new, the most fruitful of them.
Hatwich and Jackson both moved to Chicago in the early aughts, and made their association very quickly. A partial list of their mutual collaborators includes Frank Rosaly, Aram Shelton, Nick Mazzarella, Russ Johnson, Jason Stein, Fred Lonberg-Holm, and Paul Giallorenzo. They have also appeared together at a number of larger music festivals, including the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Monterey Jazz Festival (California), the Ring Ring Festival (Belgrade, Serbia), and the Umbrella Festival (Chicago).
This event will relocate to the indoor lounge should the weather conditions be unfavorable.