The Julian Priester Trio with Jimmy Bennington (Drums) and Eric Warren (Bass) will Perform at the Famed Velvet Lounge Thursday/Friday July 5 and 6, 9 p.m.-Midnight

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Jazz great Julian Priester performs at the famed Velvet Lounge in Chicago for the first time in 25 years. Former sideman with Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, Max Roach and others brings his trio w Jimmy Bennington (drums) and Eric Warren (bass) and will play Jazz and American Free Music. The event celebrates a cd release 'Portraits and Silhouettes- Jimmy Bennington/Julian Priester' TSP#1005, available on Cd Baby.

Legendary Jazz great Julian Priester comes to Chicago. The trombonist/composer has played and recorded with a who's who of Jazz artists including Lionel Hampton, Dinah Washington, Philly Joe Jones and Herbie Hancock. From his early days in Chicago with Sun Ra and His Arkestra to Duke Ellington, from Max Roach to Muddy Waters. Priester's last appearance was over 25 years ago when he played with saxophonist Johnny Griffin.

For this special visit, Chicago's famed Velvet Lounge will present The Julian Priester Trio for two nights, Thursday/Friday July 5th and 6th, 9 p.m.-Midnight. He will be joined by Chicago drummer Jimmy Bennington and bassist Eric Warren of Kansas City. Performing original and improvised music, expect explorations in pure sound as well as a selection or two from the great American jazz canon.

Born June 29, 1935 in Chicago, Julian attended DuSable High School along with Richard Davis, Gene Ammons, Benny Green, Charles Davis and a host of others. His early Chicago career included extensive work with Sun Ra, sitting in with the Blues bands of the day, and collaborating with artists like Muhal Richard Abrams of the AACM. Officially settling in New York in 1958, his first recording as a leader, "Keep Swingin" was released in 1960 on Riverside Records and featured all stars Tommy Flanagan, Elvin Jones, Jimmy Heath and Sam Jones. A highly sought out artist in the music community, Julian performs internationally and is currently a professor at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, WA. For this occasion, a new recording will be introduced, "Jimmy Bennington/Julian Priester-Portraits and Silhouettes(TSP1006, available at CD Baby).

Come be a part of this historic and welcome return of a true American Master.

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