Mai Sugimoto is a Japanese born saxophonist and composer living in Chicago, IL. She performs frequently throughout the Chicagoland area and is a member of Hanami, a quartet that features her original work and arrangements of Japanese music. Sugimoto draws inspiration from Lennie Tristano, Ornette Coleman, Japanese folk and popular songs, and classical compositions. She continues to channel these inspirations and others into writing for her new quartet.
- Mai Sugimoto — sax
- Quentin Coaxum — trumpet
- Katie Ernst — bass
- Jeremy Cunningham — drums
Every Monday, the Relax Attack Jazz Series presents Chicago’s top jazz artists in a lively atmosphere, full of cocktail-shaking and spirited conversation.