Joe Lovano is doing something that Miles Davis never did: looking back. The hot saxophonist, who is comfortable in virtually any one of the several styles that Davis helped bring about, pays tribute to Davis’ first album as leader, “Birth of the Cool,” in his latest album “Streams of Expression” (Blue Note) and in this live salute to Davis’ 80th birthday anniversary with Lovano’s own nonet, including trumpeter Tim Hagans, saxophonists George Garzone, Gary Smulyan and Steve Slagel, trombonist Conrad Herwig, pianist John Hicks, bassist Dennis Irwin and drummer Lewis Nash. Preceding Lovano’s finale set at the 5pm session at the Petrillo Music Shell is a tribute to Oscar Brown Jr. with his daughters Maggie and Africa Brown, a set by thirteen-piece Dutch jazz group Bik Bent Braam and hot young pianist Jason Moran and The Bandwagon with saxophonist Bunky Green. Earlier in the day, Chevere, Earma Thompson with John Whitfield, Ben Lewis, a jazz workshop with Lee Konitz and the Dana Hall Quintet perform at noon on the Jazz at Jackson stage, and Dos Claves Orquestra, a “Percussion Discussion” with Paul Wertico and the Muntu Dance Theatre perform at 12:30pm at the Jazz & Heritage Stage. (Dennis Polkow)
September 2 at the Chicago Jazz Festival.