Avant-Jazz legends Hamiet Bluiett and Kahil El-Zabar @ Istanbul, Thu Nov. 19
Two progressive jazz legends from the Chicago area – Hamiet Bluiett and Kahil El-Zabar – will take the stage in a duo format on Thu., Nov. 19 at Istanbul Cafe (formerly Your Inner Vagabond), 4130 Butler St. in Lawrenceville at 8 p.m. The concert is open to all ages, and the opening act is Ben Opie (of Opek and Thoth Trio). Tickets are $15 at the door, or $10 in advance from these outlets: Paul’s CDs, Caliban Books, Dave’s Music Mine, and The Exchange Squirrel Hill.
Baritone saxophonist is known for co-founding the St. Louis-based Black Artists Group. He moved to New York City in 1969 and played with Charles Mingus and Sam Rivers, then founded the acclaimed World Saxophone Quartet (with Oliver Lake and Julius Hemphill) in 1976.
World Saxophone Quartet’s Pittsburgh concerts include an appearance at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in the early ’90s, and center stage at the packed Jazz Poetry fest on the North Side in 2007. Bluiett has recorded for such labels as India Navigation, Black Saint, Soul Note, and Justin Time, as well as major label Elektra/Nonesuch (with World Sax).
Kahil El-Zabar is a percussionist from Chicago who was the chairman of the AACM (which also spawned the Art Ensemble of Chicago) in the early ’70s. Soon after, he founded both the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, both of which continue to this day. El-Zabar has also played with artists ranging from Dizzy Gillespie and Steve Wonder to Paul Simon and Nina Simone. He has recorded for such jazz labels as Sound Aspects, CIMP, Silkheart and Delmark. The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble has made several Pittsburgh appearances: Three Rivers Arts Festival (in the late ’90s), the Warhol Museum in 2007, and Carnegie Mellon University in 2008.