Ethnic Heritage Ensemble Celebrates 25th Anniversary With Tour

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The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, a Chicago-based trio known for its innovative musical approach consisting of a drum and two horns, celebrates its 25th anniversary with a tour by members Kahil El’ Zabar, Ernest Dawkins and Joseph Bowie.

Percussionist El’ Zabar has performed with musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, Donny Hathaway, Henry Threadgill, Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. Aside from leading the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, he also heads up the Ritual Trio featuring bassist Malachi Favors and saxophonist Ari Brown.

Saxophonist Dawkins is as well-known for his work as an educator and performer in the Chicago area. Leading the New Horizons Ensemble since 1978, he has collaborated with music greats, including Ramsey Lewis, Lester Bowie, Anthony Braxton and Jack McDuff.

Trombonist Joseph Bowie, younger brother of trumpeter Lester Bowie, was led to the EHE through his work with the band Defunkt. Bowie also tours and records with several European artists including the Vienna Arts Orchestra, Count Basie Orchestra and the Sebastian Peikarek Quartet.

The tour dates are as follows:

  • Feb. 17: Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pa.
  • Feb. 18: Hallwalls, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Feb. 20: Ottowa, Canada
  • Feb. 21: Artword Theater, Toronto, Canada
  • Feb. 23-24: Montreal, Canada
  • Feb. 25: Flynn Theater, Burlington, Vt.
  • Feb. 26: Knitting Factory, New York City
  • Feb. 28: (Sangha Cafe) Transparent, Washington, D.C.



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    Mark Colby (1949–2020)

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    Bassist Christian McBride (left), saxophonist Joshua Redman, drummer Brian Blade and pianist Brad Mehldau reconvened in the studio after more than two decades for RoundAgain.

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    Saxophonist Kamasi Washington performs during the 2019 Newport Jazz Festival in Newport, Rhode Island.

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    Joey DeFrancesco, widely celebrated as an organist, also sings and plays trumpet and tenor saxophone.

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    Gary Peacock (1935-2020)