David Murray & Kahil El Zabar

the return of legendary avant-garde jazz giants

with special guests Trimm & McCune

Advance tickets on sale at Jerry's Records (Sq Hill), Dave's Music Mine (South Side) and Caliban Books (Oakland).
Limited seating capacity. No online sales.

Murray and El’Zabar are recognized by their peers to be consummate virtuosos possessing ingenious interpretations within the history and future of Great Black Music. These two modern music masters have been at the forefront of creative exploration and compositional diversity over the past four decades. This magnificent duo shares the hope and desire that comes from blowing fire in an acquired wisdom. This is freedom music in its noblest sense, and these two wise men know firsthand what’s genuine and real. To witness these time-proven masters in person, is to be exalted and rejuvenated - they are the miracle of a profound sound within a priceless opportunity not to be missed!

Downbeat article on Kahil El'Zabar:

David Murray is one of the most recorded musicians as a leader in the history of jazz with well over 200 celebrated projects. Murray was one of the founding members of the World Saxophone Quartet and has worked with greats like Elvin Jones, Jack DeJohnette, McCoy Tyner, Lester Bowie, Hamiet Bluiett, Jerry Garcia, Max Roach, Amiri Baraka, Randy Weston and Fred Hopkins. He works with Macy Gray as part of his David Murray Big Band. In 2012, David Murray received an Honorary Doctorate Of Music Degree from Pomona College, Claremont, California. He has won numerous awards over his vast career - garnering a Grammy Award for the Best Jazz Instrumental Group Performance for his Tribute to John Coltrane as well as a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Danish Jazzpar Prize.

Sir Kahil El’Zabar is revered globally as a cultural visionary and an innovative music conceptualist. He has recorded more than 60 acclaimed projects as leader, composer,and arranger, and has been leading the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble for over three decades. El’Zabar holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Arts from Lake Forest College and worked with Dizzy Gillespie, Pharoah Sanders, Nina Simone, Stevie Wonder, Cannonball Adderly, Archie Shepp, Lester Bowie, Nona Hendryx, Billy Bang, Eddie Harris, Neneh Cherry, Henry Threadgill and Roy Ayers. In May 2014, Sir Kahil El’Zabar was knighted by the Council General of France, making him Chevalier Medal De Lettres. In 2018 a documentary film about his creative career was released, called "Be Known". He recently released two new albums on the UK-based Spiritmuse label: one with Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, and the other called "Pocket Science" with Jamaladeen Tacuma and Gary Bartz.