Still based in Chicago, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians is also still recognized as a beacon of free-jazz expression throughout the world. The AACM also still operates on a shoestring; hence this concert, a benefit for the AACM school, the loosely structured program in music and life that boasts Douglas Ewart and Chico Freeman among its more famous graduates. Three groups–Mwata Bowden’s Winds & Thangs, Vandy Harris’s Front Burners, and a quintet led by trumpeter Ameen Muhammad and the sensational saxist/composer Edward Wilkerson Jr.–will perform at the organization’s office/performance space, which is decorated in a style best described as Middle Funky. The collective personnel includes such local notables as saxist Ari Brown, the hot and splashy trumpeter Robert Griffin, trombonist Martin Alexander, drummers Ajaramu and Avreeayl Ra, and Art Ensemble of Chicago bassist Malachi Favors Maghostut. Sunday, 4 PM, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, 7058 S. Chappel; 752-2212.

Art accompanying story in printed newspaper (not available in this archive): photos/James Mitchell, Lauren Deutsch.