Actual Jazz?: Joe Policastro Trio & Jackson/Ali/Packard

@ Cafe Mustache

Wednesday, January 17 ~~ 9PM

ACTUAL JAZZ? is a creative music series pairing groups spanning the spectrum of "jazz" and creative music. The inaugural show features the JOE POLICASTRO TRIO and Jackson/Ali/Packard
Door: 8pm
Show 9pm
$5 suggested donation
$ Chicago handshakes (Old Style & Jeppson's Malort)

The JOE POLICASTRO TRIO is a Chicago-based jazz trio led by bassist Joe Policastro featuring guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery. While firmly rooted in jazz, the band’s open-minded, inclusive nature also brings rock, pop, old-school funk, soul, Brazilian, and free improvisation to the surface while still keeping the aesthetic of an acoustic trio intact.

Known for its eclectic taste and approach, the Joe Policastro Trio “makes the case that such musical hybridity is worth celebrating.” “Policastro…is a melody-minded bassist who prioritizes group cohesion over individual displays of virtuosity.” (Brian Zimmerman, Downbeat)

The Joe Policastro Trio is a band that can turn “pop tart into Jazz art” (Travis Rogers, Jazz Owl) and one that “should have wide appeal among both jazz fans and listeners of other genres.” (Hrayr Attarian, Chicago Jazz Magazine)

“The group’s terrific new album, Screen Sounds, applies a diversity of approaches to all kinds of source material, consistently retaining the essence of the original works while boldly imprinting the trio’s personality.” (Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader)

“There are always new wrinkles to be found in the familiar. That’s a political stance that seems to serve the Joe Policastro Trio well…putting alternately gritty and focused touches on songs we’ve come to love….Policastro and company have found their niche tapping into different breeds of treasured songs.” (Dan Billawsky, All About Jazz)

In their first collaboration in this format, this trio will be performing an electro-acoustic set of improvised music drawing from free jazz, electronic music, and collage.

Fred Jackson - alto sax, flute
Ishmael Ali - guitar, electronics
Ryan Packard - drum set, electronics