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From 6:30 to 8:30 PM tonight, local jazz pianists Willie Pickens and Ron Perrillo and New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison will play a free show in Millennium Park's Pritzker Pavilion, part of the Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series.
Writes Reader critic Peter Margasak: "Pickens’s consummately tasteful playing is rooted in bop fundamentals, but he’s also profoundly flexible, a requirement in his line of work. Tonight he gets the spotlight he deserves, leading a group with two locals—drummer Robert Shy and bassist Stewart Miller—and one out-of-town guest, the great New Orleans saxophonist Donald Harrison. Opening the show is Ron Perrillo, another pianist who works mostly as a sideman; in fact he has yet to make a record under his own name, though he’s been a crucial presence on the local scene for nearly two decades. His excellent band features trumpeter Pharez Whitted, drummer Kobie Watkins, bassist Dennis Carroll, saxophonists Eddie Bayard and Pat Mallinger, and trombonist Tom Garling."