Englewood Jazz Festival 2011
Englewood Jazz Festival 2010
The 2010 festival featured:
A Tribute to Von Freeman and the 45th Anniversary of the AACM
Special Guest Renè McLean
His music, in his own words, “transcends socio-political and cultural boundaries – it’s a Universal Language”.
Born in New York City, Renè Profit-McLean (a/k/a Muhammad Al-Amien Abdul Kariem) world renowned Multi-reed Instrumentalist (Alto, Tenor, Soprano saxophone, Flutes, Ney, Shakuhachi), Composer, Band leader, Educator and Producer, began his musical training at the age of nine under the tutelage and guidance of his father, world renowned alto saxophonist and educator Jackie McLean. Renè recounts: “My father began giving me the saxophone in stages beginning with the mouth piece then the neck and finally the horn”. As an adolescent, the young McLean was already performing with local Jazz, R&B, Calypso, Latin and other bands of varied musical traditions, making his debut with Jackie McLean’s band in the early-1960’s as well as leading his own bands.
Renè McLean, will be joined by Chicago’s very own masterful pianist Willie Pickens, Ernie Adams on drums, and Junius Paul on bass.
Final Festival program also includes
Women of the AACM
A truly on-of-a-kind performance by a group of supremely talented women in tribute to Fred Anderson and the 45th Anniversary of the AACM.
Featuring: Dee Alexander, Coco Elysses, Ann Ward, and Renee Baker
Greg Penn and Crosswind
Ernest Dawkins Straight Ahead Quintet
Featuring: Marquis Hill / Trumpet, Ben Patterson / Piano, Isaiah Spencer /
Drums, Junius Paul / Bass
Englewood Jazz Festival 2009