27th Annual Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival (CAAJF)
Chicago Asian American Jazz Festival is a program of AIRMW which is supported in part by general operating support received from the Illinois Arts Council Agency which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; the MacArthur Fund for Culture, Equity and the Arts at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation; the Alphawood Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), the Walder Foundation and the Joyce Foundation.
Jeff Chan and Suwan Choi
Chicago multi-instrumentalist/composer Jeff Chan and international pungmul (Korean traditional percussion) artist Suwan Choi have been creating a duo language that is informed by musical forms that include jazz, new/creative music, improvisation and Korean traditional music.
Mai Sugimoto Trio
Mai Sugimoto is a saxophonist, composer, and active member of Chicago’s jazz and improvisational music scene. Sugimoto draws inspiration from her upbringing in Japan and her roots in jazz to compose and perform from her unique multicultural experience. Born/Raised, her debut album (Asian Improv Records, 2018), explores this cultural and musical binary, juxtaposing, among others, a jazz rendition of a Japanese children’s song alongside compositions inspired by the American jazz idiom.
Yoko Noge and Jazz Me Blues
Yoko Noge is an inventive band leader/singer/pianist. Yoko’s band, the Jazz Me Blues melds an incredible mix of Chicago blues, jazz, Japanese music and Yoko’s compositions. From 1978 to 2010, the band performed at venues such as the Chicago Blues Festival, the Chicago Jazz Festival, the Asian American Jazz Festival. She tours in Europe and Japan regularly.
The MIYUMI Project
The MIYUMI Project is one of the longest standing amalgams, drawing upon the aesthetics of Japanese traditional music and Chicago’s creative jazz and experimental music scene. The presentations are improvised compositions that stem from a conceptual framework for each band member to interpret, which is then transformed into a contemporary musical immersion for the audience. Each successive grouping of MIYUMI Project musicians over the past two decades have contributed to the unique blending of modern application with traditional sensibility.