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Jason Stein Trio

  • Arts + Literature Laboratory 2021 Winnebago Street Madison, WI, 53704 United States (map)

The refreshing and agile bass clarinetist showcases a new collaboration with guitarist Ben Cruz and drummer Emerson Hunton. Info/tix

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Bass clarinetist Jason Stein plays here in a new trio with two other dedicated Chicago jazz musicians, guitarist Ben Cruz and drummer Emerson Hunton. Over the last decade, Stein has produced a healthy recorded output as a leader and sideman, performing actively with standout Chicago-area musicians including Joshua Abrams' Natural Information Society, trumpeter Russ Johnson, and percussionist Charles Rumback. Stein also boasts collaborations with free jazz luminaries Anthony Braxton and John Zorn, as well as hardcore outfit Millions Of Dead Cops. Stein released his latest record, After Caroline, in May on Northern Spy under the name Jason Stein's Locksmith Isidore. On this record, with bassist Jason Roebke and drummer Mike Pride, Stein displays a range of extended technique on bass clarinet—something refreshing and somewhat rare for the woodwind-led jazz combo. Cruz and drummer Hunton have their own extensive collaborative track records, notably with saxophonist Greg Ward (who has played featured Arts + Literature Laboratory's jazz series several times before). It will be curious to hear how the various colors of guitar and bass clarinet blend together over Hunton's grooves, and this new collaboration will surely be fresh to most if not all ears. —Emili Earhart

Earlier Event: September 9
Chinese Roulette (free)
Later Event: September 11
Todd Rundgren