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Tuesdays on the Terrace James Sanders's Proyecto Libre


Enjoy an evening of free music on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern terrace and sculpture garden with our annual summer performance series highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz scene.

Violinist James Sanders confidently crosses stylistic borders yet stays true to the jazz violin legacy, his Caribbean heritage, and his rigorous classical training, creating music that transcends category. In 2013, Sanders formed Proyecto Libre, an ensemble that pulls equally from free improvisation and Afro-Latin traditions. In the spirit of experimentation, performers vary from performance to performance. Core members include bassist Harrison Bankhead, drummer Avreeayl Ra and Latin percussionist Jean-Christophe Leroy. Joining them at the MCA will be saxophonist Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Sanders is a regular presence in Chicago’s creative music movement and has performed around the world. He also leads the long running Latin jazz group James Sanders’s Conjunto.

Hosted by Al Carter-Bey, WHPK 88.5 FM

Join us for free live jazz concerts every Tuesday, June 2–September 29, 2015, 5:30 pm–8 pm.

Dine on our terrace and enjoy a buffet, which features a changing menu of themed dishes using fresh, locally grown produce from the MCA Farmers’ Market. Reserve a table by calling 312.397.3805. The buffet is $26 per person.

For a more impromptu evening, open seating is available on our terrace or bring a blanket to relax on the garden lawn. Hamburgers, house-made sausages, and a variety of freshly made salads may be purchased from our outdoor grill along with cold beverages, wine, and seasonal cocktails from the bar on the lower terrace.

Sorry, outside food and beverages are not allowed.

In case of rain, the event takes place inside Puck’s Café.

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Proyecto Libre

Photo: Laura Hamm