The Angel City Jazz Festival wraps up its seven-day run this Sunday night (Oct. 2) with a performance by legendary woodwind player and composer Roscoe Mitchell at REDCAT. The concert marks his 71st birthday with a special performance by his new trio, which includes fellow winds player James Fei and percussionist William Winant.
Founding member of the Art Ensemble of Chicago and the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Mitchell is known for his inventive combination of improvisation, European composition forms, African music and jazz.
The concert opens at 7 pm with a tribute performance of the Art Ensemble’s 1969 album-length masterpiece People in Sorrow, re-imagined by percussionist Alex Cline. (This set is included with admission.) An all-star group of musicians including saxophonist Oliver Lake, woodwind player and CalArts faculty Vinny Golia, vocalist Dwight Trible, pianist Myra Melford, harpist Zeena Parkins, bassist Mark Dresser, among others are set to perform the work.
A video of a live performance by Mitchell in Paris in 2001 is below: