Asian Improv aRts Midwest, the region’s leading Asian American cultural arts organization, is proud to present the 21th Anniversary season of the Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival.

The critically acclaimed annual event is an essential cornerstone for highlighting and documenting the significant role that Asian Americans and their collaborators have in contributing to the city’s historic and vibrant musical landscape.  The 21st Anniversary CAAJF will be held on October 29 at Elastic Arts, & November 5 at Constellation.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

October 29, Saturday

Phuong Pham Trio
(w/special guest,
Ms. Yesoe Yoon)

“The New Generation”
The Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647
8:30pm, $10

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October 29, Saturday

Mai Sugimoto Quartet

featuring Quentin Coaxum (trumpet), Jeremy Cunningham (drums), and Katie Ernst (bass).

“The New Generation”
The Elastic Arts
3429 W Diversey Ave #208, Chicago, IL 60647
9:30pm, $10

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Photo by Cara Donley

November 5, Saturday

Tatsu Aoki and The MIYUMI Project

“RAW and ALIVE” Album Release Celebration!
Constellation
3111 N. Western Ave
Chicago, IL 60618
8:30 pm,  $10

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Traverse The MIYUMI Project’s musical soundscape – Chosen as the official musical presenters for the upcoming Yoko Ono’s “SKYLANDING Project” at Jackson Park, Tatsu Aoki and his featured ensemble offer a fusion of Avant-garde jazz interwoven with traditional taiko drumming, it is an innovative, energetic musical experience.  The performance commemorates the release of the new CD,  “RAW and ALIVE”.

PERFORMERS

Phuong Pham Trio
Phuong Pham Trio
Phuong Pham originally studied music at the Hanoi Conservatory of Music in Vietnam and received a Bachelor of Music, Piano Performance. An active jazz pianist and accompanist since 2001, he received a DePaul music scholarship that same year and came to Chicago to study jazz under Larry Novak and classical under Eteri Andjazparidze. In 2003, he received his Master of Music, Jazz Studies.

Pham has been a regular accompanist for the School of Ballet Chicago (2003 ~ 2010), the St. Alphonsus Liguori Church (2007~2014), the Hyde Park School of Dance (Nov. 2014 ~ present) and the St. Joseph Parish in Addison, IL (Nov. 2014 ~ present). He was also the pianist for the Victoria Garden Musical Theatre in 2002 and vocal accompanist at Northwestern University in 2011. Pham has his piano studio in Addison, IL.

Yesoe Yoon
Yesoe Yoon
Yesoe Yoon, born in South Korea, came to the United States twelve years ago, and she has been a journalist and television personality in Asian-American media, and is a sought after classical soloist for business, government (Illinois Secretary of State, State Treasurer, etc.), community, fashion shows, and world organizations’ events.
Mai Sugimoto Quartet
Mai Sugimoto Quartet
Mai Sugimoto is a Japanese born saxophonist and composer living in Chicago, IL. As a child growing up in suburban Tokyo, she still remembers the moment that changed everything: hearing Eric Dolphy’s At the Five Spot for the first time from her father’s music collection.

She performs frequently throughout the Chicago-land area and is a member of Hanami, a quartet that features her original work and arrangements of Japanese music. Sugimoto credits her experience performing with Chicago bassist Tatsu Aoki and his MIYUMI Project as the impetus to rediscover her Japanese roots. Sugimoto draws additional inspiration from Lennie Tristano and his improvisational approach, 90’s and early 00’s J-pop, the Beatles, Glenn Gould, and the unique compositions of her Hanami band mate, guitarist Andrew Trim, and uses this when writing for her new group.

Tatsu Aoki and the MIYUMI Project
Tatsu Aoki and the MIYUMI Project
The MIYUMI Project is Tatsu Aoki’s laboratory of sound, where he explores the nexus of cultures: Asian and American; Japanese and African; past and present. The compositions provide a conceptual framework for each band member to interpret. Each successive grouping of Miyumi musicians over the past two decades has contributed to the ongoing evolution of the work.
Presenting a long history of collaboration between African-American and Asian-American jazz artists, the MIYUMI Project will showcase the multi-generational talents of some of Chicago’s leading musicians Mwata Bowden, Edward Wilkerson, Avreeayl Ra, Jaime Kempkers, KIOTO, Coco Elysses and a special guest from Tsukasa Taiko.

Asian Improv aRts Midwest

Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival is a program of Asian Improv aRts Midwest and  is supported in part by the Illinois Arts Council, the MacArthur Fund for Arts & Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, the Alphawood Foundation, CDH. P.C, JCCC Foundation, Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and The Joyce Foundation.