2700 F St NW
“Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future.” For 50 years, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, under the leadership of the singular saxophonist and improviser Roscoe Mitchell, has pursued its own vision of creative, improvised music that also seeks to unite the whole history of African-American music. See “Ja” from the group’s 1979 album Nice Guys, where dirge-like free improvisation transforms into a swaying Afro-Caribbean, reggae-ish number and then peaks with blaring, collective improvisation.
The group performs in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Two separate sets at 7 and 9 p.m.