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Tuesdays on the Terrace: Ethan Philion Quartet

Ethan Philion Quartet, Ethan Philion-Bass

Photo: Isabel Firpo

Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. This week’s event features a mix of original songs and jazz standards from bassist Ethan Philion.

About the Artist

Ethan Philion is an award-winning bassist, composer, and bandleader based in Chicago. A graduate of Oberlin Conservatory and DePaul University, Philion's accolades include first place in the 2019 International Society of Bassists Jazz Competition, the 2020 Luminarts Fellowship, the 2015 Kennedy Center Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Fellowship, and two Downbeat Student Music Awards. Philion is an active freelancer in Chicago where he performs regularly with artists including Alfonso Ponticelli, Ernest Dawkins, Alyssa Allgood, Ben Lewis, Mike Allemana, and more. Philion is joined in his quartet by three of the midwest's most prolific musicians: Greg Ward (saxophone), Russ Johnson (trumpet), and Dana Hall (drums). The ensemble performs a mix of original music by Philion and arrangements of jazz standards by Charles Mingus, Sam Rivers, and more—all draw from the rich history of chord-less ensembles.