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Hyde Park Jazz Festival: Jaimie Branch’s Fly or Die

Jaimie Branch, photo by Naima Green

Avant-garde trumpeter Jaimie Branch performs at the Smart as part of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, a weekend of free performances at cultural venues throughout the neighborhood.

About the performers

A mainstay of the Chicago jazz scene and a recent addition to New York’s, Jaimie Branch is an avant-garde trumpeter, whose playing “is redolent of Don Cherry but bolstered by her own suite of extended techniques; it drifts from tuneless clouds to long, coagulated tones” (New York Times). She also works as a composer and producer, as well as a sideman for the likes of William Parker, Matana Roberts, TV on the Radio, and Spoon. She released her debut album as a leader, Fly or Die, in May of this year. In addition to Jaimie on trumpet, it features Tomeka Reid on cello, Jason Ajemian on bass, and Chad Taylor on drums.


Photo by Naima Green