• Wadada Leo Smith

Fantastic trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, a former Chicagoan and early member of the AACM, will make a rare local appearance on Friday night at the Goodspeed Recital Hall on the campus of the University of Chicago—he performs with reedist Douglas Ewart and drummer Mike Reed. This ad hoc configuration will improvise for the concert, but Smith is also an excellent composer—he’s been on a roll over the past couple years, with several meticulously conceived projects rooted in his own music, including the brand-new Ten Freedom Summers (Cuneiform), an ambitious four-CD set recorded with his long-running acoustic group the Golden Quartet (expanded to quintet on some tracks with a second drummer) and Los Angeles classical ensemble Southwest Chamber Music.