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HotHouse presents the second annual Old and New Dreams Festival

Friday, November 13, 2015

Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Event starts at 8:00 p.m. 

Price at the door:  $30.00
General seat:  $30.00
VIP seat:  $30.00

M.A.D.D. Rhythms

The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts
The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 East 60th Street Chicago, IL 60660
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Second Annual Two-Day Multi-arts Event Features Array of Top Talent


HotHouse’s Old and New Dreams Festival is a second annual two-day multi-arts event that celebrates the intersection of jazz and “world musics.” It is the organization’s premiere showcase for some of the key programming that identified HotHouse as one of the most consistent cultural leaders in the city over the past 30 years. Replete with unusual pairings, the long-overdue appearance of major jazz artists, OLD AND NEW DREAMS should be heralded as a spectacular entry in the fall calendar of arts and culture events.


This festival highlights a mélange of talent, some deserving wider recognition, others up and coming young lions who are emerging as the next bright lights on the scene, and some sho’ nuff giants that seldom come to town. HotHouse endeavors to tell a comprehensive story over the course of the Festival — one that speaks to our own curatorial vision crafted over decades. It is a celebration both of our work, the artists we admire and the community we endeavor to serve.


Old and New Dreams is also the title of a cherished musical ensemble that featured many of the side-men in Ornette Coleman’s bands from the 1960s. We have lovingly adopted the name of that ensemble for this Festival in order to pay homage to these artists and particularly to think about the poetic and prosaic interpretations of the words, Old and New Dreams. At HotHouse, we find these words particularly apt considering our own organizational history and rebirth. The Festival was launched last year to celebrate our own revival — to say loudly not only, “we are still here”, but also as a vehicle to let folks know our the future plans for HotHouse 3.0!


This year we are very enthused to bring two projects led by former homeboy Adam Rudolph; Moving Pictures and the Go: Organic Orchestra. Adam was a former colleague of Don Cherry’s (Old and New Dreams) and most artfully brings the sensibilities of an array of global influences to his compositions.


Another highlight will be the command performance of M.A.D.D. Rhythms' Supreme Love — a tap dance whirlwind interpretation of Coltrane’s eternal hit record "A Love Supreme.” Elsewhere on the bill is a very rare appearance of the 86-year-old Philly-based sax man Odean Pope who headlines Friday night’s program. On Saturday afternoon, HotHouse offers matinee educational events that are free to the public and that will take place in the “room with a view” penthouse of the Logan Center. There leading jazz critics will be playing some of their favorite LP’s and giving their “spin” on music that has moved them over the decades. Youth in the Black Lives Matter movement share with the public how to make art that responds to the moment.




Festival Dates:  Friday November 13 and Saturday November 14, 2015

Venue: The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts 915 East 60th Street Chicago, Il. Performance hall and penthouse

Tickets: $15 University of Chicago students, $25 advanced general admission, $30 walk up- general admission, $40 reserved seating – first 5 rows $50, two day pass

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Friday 13

Doors 7pm

Program 8 pm


M.A.D.D Rhythms Presents Jumaane Taylor's Supreme Love With The Rajiv Halim Quartet

The Odean Pope Trio


Saturday afternoon

1-4 pm

Needle Drop: Critics spinning and digging Ornette and Old and New Dreams

Roundtable: Black Lives Matter/ Making Art Matter


Saturday  14

Doors 7pm

Program 8 pm


Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures with Brahim Frigbane, Graham Haynes, Ralph Jones, Alex Marcello & Jerome Harris with  special guest Hamid Drake

The Go: Organic Orchestra

18 piece ensemble - NY meets Chicago.









Ugochi was born to Nigerian parents in Chicago and she credits this African influence for her musical interests that span all corners of the globe. Ugochi's sound has been described as "lively, energetic music that makes your feet move and heart think. Ugochi has written poems that have been honored by internationally renowned organizations like Apples and Snakes in the UK. She has also shared the stage with established artists such as Common, Eric Benet, John Legend, Femi Kuti, Edwin McCain, Maxi Priest, Malik Yusef, Umphrey's McGee, J. Ivy, Vieux Farka Toure, Luciano, Shaggy, Wayne Wonder and Stephen Marley and Toots and the Maytals. Chicago Music Awards classified her as "Best African Entertainer 2005." She was also the GAMA's (Global African Music Award), "Best African Female Entertainer of 2012" and Best African Pop Artist for her hit single, "Don't Mind Them." Her musical reverberation, part Afrobeat and part Chi-town soul has been cleverly coined Afro-Soul. A former rapper, turned poet, gone singer, Ugochi 's choreo-poetic style of spoken is a powerful attraction. With Shawn Wallace – keyboard, Jeff Harris – bass, Deshon Newman – percussion, Justin Boyd – Drums, Imania Detry- Dancer, Tosha Ayo Alston - Dancer




The performance showcases the work of M.A.D.D. Rhythms, a tap dance collective whose “sole” purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide. Supreme Love, directed and choreographed by Jumaane Taylor, (“One Of The Top 20 Hoofers Under 20” by Dance Spirit Magazine and named “One of the Top Five Dancers in Chicago” by Chicago Tribune), expresses life through the art of tap dance, recreating the album “A Love Supreme.” Saxophonist Rajiv Halim is the music director for these performances as well as leading the quartet live on stage. The performers and musicians exchange expressive musical opinions ultimately discovering truth within themselves and their art via dance and music.

Performers in Supreme Love include Bril Barrett, Tristan Bruns, Andrew Carr, Megan Davis, Starinah Dixon, Alexandrya Fryson, Donnetta Jackson and Jumaane Taylor. Musicians include Halim, saxophone; Amr Marcin Fahmy, keys; Junius Paul, bass and Isaiah Spencer, drums.




M.A.D.D. Rhythms is a phenomenal tap dance collective whose purpose is to spread the love and joy of tap worldwide. What started as Bril Barrett’s formula for giving back, is now a full-fledged performing arts company quickly gaining a reputation for representing the true essence of tap: rhythm. The company is composed of young, versatile tap dancers from all over Chicago. Their ages range from 18 to 33 years, and their backgrounds are as equally diverse. The one thing they all have in common is a love for “the dance.”

ABOUT JUMAANE TAYLOR, choreographer Jumaane Taylor, a Chicago native has been tap dancing since the age of seven years. He began his training at the Sammy Dyer School of the Theatre where he currently teaches. He has performed and studied with Idella Reed Davis, Martin Dumas III, Jimmy Payne Jr., Sarah Savelli and George Patterson III. Taylor made his professional debut with M.A.D.D. Rhythms and now serves its assistant director. Performing and teaching both locally and internationally, Taylor traveled to Europe to perform Rasta Thomas’ Tap Stars that premiered in Germany and was a part of Imagine Tap!, directed and choreographed by Derick Grant, and premiered at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance. He was also a principal dancer for Tap in2 Peace, directed and choreographed by Sarah Savelli and Ayodele Casel. In Chicago, the bearded hoofer is a tap instrumentalist in the band Sidewalk Chalk and Ernest Dawkins' Trio and, nationally and internationally, records tap on various albums and performs at music and dance events.




Rajiv Halim is a saxophonist and composer from Chicago. Born to immigrant parents from Belize on September 15, 1990, he was groomed to be a musician. He began playing saxophone at the age of eight and comes from a long line of musicians, including his great-grandfather, the bandleader Rudolph Andrews. Halim continued to play the saxophone throughout high school, where he discovered Charlie Parker and fell in love with improvised and creative music. He has since dedicated himself to the craft and has now matured to become one of Chicago’s best young saxophonists. Today, Halim performs regularly in the Chicagoland area with locally well-known bands, including the Ron Haynes’ Game Changers, The Xavier Breaker Coalition, Robert Irving III’s Generations and his own quintet, The Rajiv Halim Quintet was founded in April 2010. The Quintet on this program will feature: Junius Paul on bass. Isaiah Spencer on drums. Marcin Fahmy on keyboard. Halim’s debut album, “Foundation,” was released this September.



Called the "super-heavyweight champ of the tenor saxophone" by Jazz writer John Chacona, Odean Pope was a member of the Max Roach Quartet for over a quarter-century, a prestigious association but one which overshadowed his own accomplishments as a composer and leader of his Saxophone Choir and Trio. The latter features Philly's first-call bassist Lee Smith, a leader in his own right and father of bass icon Chris McBride, and it's easy to see that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. Rounding out the Trio is Odean's longtime drummer Craig McIver, who was also a member of Max Roach's percussion ensemble M'Boom.


Odean Pope was born in Ninety-Six, South Carolina to musical parents who rooted him in the sounds of the Southern Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia at the age of ten, his lifelong study of music began in earnest and was buttressed by The Graniff School of Music and Benjamin Franklin High School's music program.

Odean grew up in jazz rich territory with other Philadelphia notables such as: John Coltrane, Lee Morgan, Clifford Brown, Benny Golson, McCoy Tyner, Philly Joe Jones and Dizzy Gillespie. Coltrane chose Odean to replace him in Jimmy Smith's Group when he left for New York to join Miles Davis. Although he was close to Coltrane and continues to revere his artistry, Odean was always searching for his own musical sound. 










Howard Mandel wrote about the AACM at 50 for the August issue of DownBeat (he's been a contributor to the magazine for 40 years), and about Steve Coleman, Roscoe Mitchell and Ornette Coleman's funeral for the Wire earlier this year. He's the author of Future Jazz and Miles Ornette Cecil - Jazz Beyond Jazz, blogs at ArtsJournal.com/JazzBeyondJazz, is an arts reporter for National Public Radio and president of the Jazz Journalists Association. 


Neil Tesser has written on and broadcast jazz in Chicago for more than 40 years, in media ranging from the Chicago READER to USA Today to National Public Radio to the New York Times to PLAYBOY Magazine. He authored The PLAYBOY Guide to Jazz (1998) and edited Learning To Listen, the autobiography of famed vibraphonist Gary Burton (2013), and has written liner notes for more than 350 albums, receiving both a GRAMMY® award and the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award for this work. Earlier this year he received the Jazz Journalists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. 


Lofton A. Emenari, III - Deemed the ‘Jazzologist’ (by peers) has written and lectured on jazz and his “What Is This Thing Called Jazz: Adventures In Modern Music” @ WHPK-FM (Univ. of Chicago) enters its 40th year on the airwaves, interviewing literally hundreds of musicians worldwide.


Kate Dumbleton is the Executive and Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival and an Assistant Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the MA program in Arts Administration and Policy. Her work in jazz, improvised music, and performance has included curatorial and managerial direction of venues, fests and labels, as well as artist management. 


2:45- 4:00PM BLACK LOVES MATTER/ MAKING ART MATTER: ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION WITH Dometi Pongo, Michelle Perkins, Ervin Johnson, Terrence Reese and Felicia Preston


Michelle R. Perkins is a visual artist and an Associate Professor of Fine Art at Malcolm X College.  She also serves as the Teaching Artist in residence with one of AUSL's TurnAround Arts schools. She has used the BLM movement to teach 8th Graders about the Baltimore uprising. Sharing images of children protesting was a catalyst for creation and discussion about their communities as they collaborated on a group project. 


Ervin A. Johnson is a photographer and recent graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design. During the end of his graduate program he began a series entitled #InHonor, a visual response to the mass killings of black men and women.  At the time he hadn't seen a visual response and decided to create his own.  The portraits are placed into urban environments and his goal is for the work to have a viral nature, especially amongst millennials, to help spread a sense of awareness and responsibility amongst my generation. 


Terrence A. Reese is an acclaimed photographer and artist-passionate about photography, artistic experimentation, and critical thinking. His most important work of Art: "Reflections" is a black and white... documentary-style photography series, of personal living spaces of renowned Americans whose lives and careers have addressed the fundamental political, economic, and social realities of the 20th century and beyond. In each photographic image, a mirror is strategically placed as the subject is reflected in it.


Felicia Grant Preston is a retired art instructor and visual artist. Preston received a BA in art from Southern Illinois University in 1976, an MS ED from Northern Illinois University in 1979, and an MA from Chicago State University in 2003. In addition, she has studied at the University of Illinois, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Governor State University and The Savannah College of Art and Design.







Featuring Adam Rudolph in two Chicago debut projects, Moving Pictures and the Go: Organic Orchestra.  Performing in both groups will be his longtime associate Hamid Drake. They began performing together in their teens with Fred Anderson and have made many records and tours together.  The centerpiece of the Go: Organic Orchestra portion of the concert will be Rudolph conducting the world premiere of “Concerto for Hamid Drake”.



Born and raised in Hyde Park, composer, improviser and percussionist Adam Rudolph came up playing with Chicago luminaries Maulawi Nururdin and Fred Anderson. For the past four decades he has performed extensively in concert throughout North & South America, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Rudolph is known as one the early innovators of what is now called “World Music”. In 1978 he and Gambian Kora player Foday Musa Suso co-founded The Mandingo Griot Society, one of the first groups to combine African and American music. In 1988, he recorded the first fusion of American and Gnawa music with Sintir player and singer Hassan Hakmoun.


Rudolph has released over 30 recordings under his own name, featuring his compositions and percussion work. Rudolph composes for his ensembles Moving Pictures Octet, Hu Vibrational, and Go: Organic Orchestra, an 18 to 54-piece group for which he has developed an original music notation and conducting system. He has taught and conducted hundreds of musicians worldwide in the Go: Organic Orchestra concept.


Yusef Lateef, Sam Rivers, Pharoah Sanders, Don Cherry, Foday Musa Suso and Philip Glass are a few of his many collaborators, who have informed his broad aesthetic.




Formed in 1991, the music of Adam Rudolph's Moving Pictures heralds a new and vital direction in the evolution of American music. Grounded in the American improvisational tradition, the ensemble embraces music forms, languages, instrumentation, and cosmologies of Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and the African diaspora. Decades of performance and research into these music cultures have given the artists the background and experience to create a unique

and unprecedented improvisational art form.


For this special engagement, Rudolph has composed all new music. He will be joined by longtime associates Ralph Jones and Alex Marcelo both of whom he performed together with the legendary Yusef Lateef for many years. Jerome Harris has performed with many masters of improvised music including Sonny Rollins while Brahim Fribgane is best known for his work with Hassan Hakmoun and his magical Oud playing. Both have been performing with Moving Pictures since 2005.


GO:  ORGANIC ORCHESTRA is a multi-cultural, multi-racial, multi-generational ensemble of women and men performing on woodwinds, brass, strings and percussion. Improvisationally conducted by artistic director and composer Adam Rudolph, the orchestra features for this event 18 outstanding musicians. In concert, the performer’s cultural musical training and background can be expressed within the overarching compositional concept of “world music.”  Go: Organic Orchestra reflects more than the music of any one single culture.  The orchestra reflects the diversity of many music cultures held within the unity of a broad creative world music vision. Rudolph says “The multicultural dynamic of Go: Organic Orchestra itself expresses a creative vision of a world without boundaries:  of culture as the vessel for human understanding, empathy and sharing. This is desperately needed at this time in history. Politics can explain, but the musical arts show this potential as a practicum and as human expression.” 


The Go: Organic Orchestra is Ari Brown – sax, flute, Ralph M Jones (NYC) flute, soprano, Jason Stein – bass clarinet, Nick Mazzarella – alto sax,    Dan Godston trumpet, Josh Berman – cornet, Ben LaMar Gay – cornet, fl, synths, Graham Haynes (NYC) cornet, Steve Berry – trombone, Adam Thornberg – trombone, Joshua Abrams – bass, Alex Macelo (NYC) piano / keyboard, Ben Boye – keys autoharp, Jerome Harris (NYC) electric bass, Tony Carpenter – percussion, Jean-Christophe Leroy – percussion, Brahim Fribgane (NYC) – oud, vocal, cajon, percussion and Hamid Drake – percussion, drum kit and Marco Cappelli ( NYC)- guitar.                                






HotHouse was founded in 1987 to provide a forum for expression in the arts that was under-represented elsewhere in the Chicago cultural community. It was created primarily to curate multi-arts and educational activities that bolstered the prominence of innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market and to facilitate events that amplified a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse “few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a  “Best of Chicago” award opined “from European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.”



For two decades the organization maintained two award-winning cultural centers where it presented its programs—the first catalyzed growth in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1987-1995) and the second spurred development in the South Loop in downtown Chicago (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.


HotHouse develops its programs in response to a variety of community needs and seeks to extend the milieu of the academy and position high caliber (and international) arts innovation before underserved populations throughout the Chicago metropolitan region.


HotHouse program committee members volunteer to assist with program development. The Old and New Dreams Festival was curated by Marguerite Horberg, executive producer with support by committee members: Ayana Contreras, Neil Tesser, Uche Omoniyi Salome Chasnoff, Joanne Archibald, and Cathy Shanley. Additional support for the Festival includes in-kind donations or grant awards by the following: The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Oppenheimer Family Fund, and The Hyatt Hotel.




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