Every Monday we present Chicago’s top jazz artists in a lively atmosphere, full of cocktail-shaking and spirited conversation. Tonight we’re hosting a special duo performance by Jeremy Cunningham on drums and Dustin Laurenzi on saxophone and electronics
Jeremy Cunningham is a drummer, composer, and improviser from Chicago. He can be heard on Marquis Hill’s albums, New Gospel and Sounds of the City, and on Caroline Davis’s Live, Work, Play. Jeremy also leads his own quartet featuring Jeff Parker (Tortoise), Josh Johnson (Holophonor), and Matt Ulery (Loom). He is also a part of the Meridian Trio led by Nick Mazzarella.
Chicago saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi has developed a distinctly personal approach to improvisation and composition that has garnered the attention of the city’s creative music community. Recognized for his “offbeat approach to articulating harmonies and constructing melodies” (NextBop), Dustin’s music is inspired and informed by jazz, folk, improvised music, and contemporary classical music. Dustin has been a leader/co-leader of his own projects, Twin Talk, Snaarj, and Natural Language, as well as a member of the Marquis Hill Blacktet, the Quentin Coaxum Quintet, Bon Iver’s band, and Katie Ernst’s Little Words, among others.