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Chicago’s Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and Special Guests – Tribute Reggae pioneer Jamaican Trombonist Don Drummond

Friday, February 12, 2016 @ 8:00 pm

$30 – $120




Chicago’s New Ethnic Heritage Ensemble 2016 (EHE 2016) features Hamiet Bluiett (Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers, World Saxophone Quartet, with David Murray — Flute, Baritone Sax, Clarinet and Percussion), Craig Harris (Sun Ra, Abdullah Ibrahim – Trombone, Percussion) and Kahil El Zabar (Stevie Wonder, Nina Simone, Dizzy Gillespie — Drums, other Percussion)

The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble was formed after percussionist Kahil El’Zabar graduated from the school of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians in 1976. He teamed up with tenor saxophonist Edward Wilkerson, Jr., to play music that combined contemporary African-American musical styles, like jazz, with more traditional African instrumentation and rhythms. The duo would grow to a trio in these first years, adding musicians like saxophonist Light Henry Huff and Kalaparusha Maurice McIntyre; through extensive touring in Europe and the United States, they began to build an international reputation. In 1988, they added trombonist and conga player Joseph Bowie, who was the leader of the jazz-funk group Defunkt.

Kahil El’Zabar is one of Chicago’s jazz treasures. A member of the AACM, music holds no boundaries for El’Zabar, who has not only played alongside a myriad of jazz greats, but was in the bands of Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderley, Dizzy Gillespie, Nina Simone, Donny Hathaway and Paul Simon among others, as well as recording with rock bands like Sonia Dada and Poi Dog Pondering and heading up the jazz/house outfit the JUBA Collective.

Hamiet Bluiett is a founder of the World Saxophone Quartet, with David Murray. He has played with the likes of greats such as Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers and Oliver Lake. [He is] an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and composer. His primary instrument is the baritone saxophone, and he is considered one of the finest living players of this instrument. A member of the World Saxophone Quartet, he also plays (and records with) the bass saxophone, E-flat alto clarinet, E-flat contra-alto clarinet, and wooden flute.(Wiki)

Craig Harris is a jazz trombonist and composer who has been a major figure in the jazz avant-garde movement since his stint with Sun Ra in 1976. Subsequently, Harris has worked with such notable jazz artists as Abdullah Ibrahim, David Murray, Lester Bowie, Cecil Taylor, Sam Rivers, Muhal Richard Abrams and Charlie Haden. His large ensemble project Cold Sweat was a tribute to the music of James Brown. Read more.  

img_donDon Drummond was influential in the development of ska and reggae in Jamaican, as well as in the development of Bob Marley and the Wailers. He was a Jamaican ska trombonist and composer; an original member of The Skatalites, composing many of their tunes….His musical career began in 1950 with the Eric Dean’s All-Stars where he performed jazz, continuing into the 1960s. After performing jazz for a decade, Drummond began performing ska and in 1964 with The Skatalites. He later converted to the Rastafari movement, with other band members who followed his lead. He became a household name in Jamaica, before suffering mental (depression). British Jazz pianist George Shearing considered him to be among the world’s top five trombone players of all time. (wiki)



Roasted pumpkin soup
Shrimp and vegetables coconut cream run down
Tamarind vinaigrette, roasted root vegetables and exotic greens
Basic mixed greens salad with house vinaigrette

Choice of Entrée
Braised beef short ribs finished with a ginger-guava glaze
New Orleans style jambalaya: seafood, chicken & smoked sausage.
Roasted red beet and yellow squash risotto
Seared snapper with a tomato-caramelized onion, olive relish

Homemade spiced chocolate tart topped with passion fruit whipped cream
Exotic fruit bowl with Grand Marnier drizzle


Admission Info:

Cover Only: $25adv and $35 (at the door)
Cover and Dinner Package: $70adv. and $80 (after)
Cover for 2 Shows only Package: $45adv.
Cover and Dinner Package for 2 shows: $120 adv.
(***gratuity not included)

Advance Prices (get tickets below) are only available until  February 7, 23pm



Friday, February 12, 2016
8:00 pm
$30 – $120


555 Dundas Street East
Toronto, ON M5A 2B7 Canada
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For more info: (416) 274-4082
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