Paquito D'Rivera String Quartet; Kaia String Quartet; Ernie Adams, Larry Gray, and Rick Ferguson 18+ Recommended Soundboard Image

When: Sun., Dec. 15, 7 p.m. 2013

Reedist Paquito D’Rivera first made his name as an improviser, helping forge the template for modern Latin jazz as a member of Cuban band Irakere in the 70s. Since defecting from his homeland in ’81 he’s broadened his repertoire, playing straight-up postbop, tango, and Brazilian regional and historical styles. He demonstrates a distinctive feel for Brazilian music on his latest album, Song for Maura (Sunnyside), a lively session cut with Sao Paulo’s spry Trio Corrente; it showcases the reedist’s fluidity with old-school chorro and the Pernambuco folk music called forro, among other forms. That pliability serves him well—in particular his smooth agility and clean tone on the clarinet are beyond compare. For this rare Chicago visit D’Rivera will be in jazz mode, working with a local rhythm section consisting of bassist Larry Gray, drummer Ernie Adams, and pianist Rick Ferguson, but it’s not just any pickup gig—the Kaia String Quartet, a Chicago group specializing in Latin American composers, will also be involved. This is the closing concert of 2013’s Chicago Latino Music Festival. —Peter Margasak

Price: $20-$30

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