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27-member big band led by reedman Ed Wilkerson has only performed in Chicago a few times in the last deacde. It's membership (basically the stellar folks you'd get if you turned the AACM upside down and shook it) includes Robert Griffin and Ameen Muhammad on trumpet, Steve Berry and Isaiah "Ike" Jackson on trombone, Mwata Bowden, Ernest Dawkins, Ari Brown and Vandy Harris on saxophone, Harrison Bankhead and Yosef Ben Israel on bass, percussionists Reggie Nicholson and Dushon Mosley, cellist Naomi Millender and vocalist. Anyway, Ed Wilkerson's a fantastic writer, and this is a great big band, that walks the big band border somewhere between Ellington and experimental.

They were among the headliners at the 1998 Chicago Jazz Festival, joined by special guests (and Chicago saxopone legends) Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.

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