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Sudden Impact at Hairpin

March 22, 2019 from 7-9:00 pm Asian Improv aRts Midwest present Sudden Impact Jazz Series this month as part of our 4th Fridays. Welcome the artists. Greg Diethrich (drums) has been a performer and music educator for over 25 years, and holds a Masters and Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology. He frequently performs, records, and teaches a range of musical styles including jazz, world music, rock, funk/soul, and Americana. Greg has lived and studied music in India and the Caribbean, and performs and teaches musics of Latin America, India, West Africa, and more. He has held visiting faculty positions at several colleges and universities and is a member of the percussion faculty at the Music Institute of Chicago. Greg has enjoyed playing jazz and improvised music with Jeff Chan for over 25 years.

Mai Sugimoto is a Japanese born saxophonist and composer living in Chicago, IL. In 2018, she released her debut quartet album, Born/Raised (Asian Improv Records) which was made possible by an artist grant from the city of Chicago. Sugimoto is also an integral member of Chicago-based quartet, Hanami, with which she has released two albums and performed at the Chicago Jazz Festival. In addition to these main projects, she often appears with bassist, Tatsu Aoki’s ensembles including Fred Anderson Legacy Band and Miyumi Project. Howard Reich of Chicago Tribune has described her as a "a compelling performer” with “dry-champagne tone and lyrical lines." Sugimoto channels inspiration from her Japanese and American musical roots into her writing and performing approach with various groups.

Jason Roebke is a Chicago bassist and composer. In addition to playing bass in several of Chicago’s most compelling jazz groups, he has composed music for his own Octet and small groups. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.” He is a member of Jason Stein’s Locksmith Isidore, Mike Reed Flesh & Bone, and Tomeka Reid Quartet. Roebke studied privately with saxophonist and composer Roscoe Mitchell as well as legendary double bass pedagogue Stuart Sankey. In 2009, he was awarded the Fellowship in Music Composition from the Illinois Arts Council. Roebke tours widely in the US and Europe. He was the subject of an extensive interview and career overview in Point of Departure.

Thank You Piano Forte Chicago

Piano Forte Chicago


We would like to acknowledge and thank Piano Forte Chicago for their generous donation of a digital baby grand piano