Josh Berman


Josh Berman is an internationally recognized cornetist and composer. He has led the acclaimed Old Idea, Josh Berman and his Gang, and his own trio. In addition to being an indispensable contributor to Chicago’s jazz and improvised music scene, Berman has been a concert presenter with fellow Chicagoan Mike Reed, producing hundreds of shows over the past 20 years. Berman’s work has been critically acclaimed in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, JazzTimes, and DownBeat, among others. His recordings can be found on the Chicago’s legendary Delmark Records and more recently on Austin’s Astral Spirits Records

Barry Gifford & Jason Adasiewicz

Saturday | 04 November 2017
Constellation - 8:30pm

“[Barry Gifford’s book The Up-Down is] right next door to perfection.” —David Lynch

To celebrate the publication of his newest book, The Cuban Club, Constellation welcomes master storyteller Barry Gifford to Chicago for a reading of stories from the book accompanied by the music of Jason Adasiewicz. A masterpiece of mood and setting, character and remembrance, The Cuban Club is Gifford’s ultimate coming-of-age story, told as 64 linked tales as seen through the eyes of Roy, a kid growing up in Chicago in the 1950s and early 1960s. Gifford has been writing his Roy stories on and off for over 40 years. As part of Roy’s World, a forthcoming documentary by Rob Christopher about the stories, Jason Adasiewicz has composed his first original film score.

The evening will feature Adasiewicz (vibes), Keefe Jackson (tenor sax + bass clarinet), Josh Berman (cornet), and Joshua Abrams (bass) as they perform selections from the score in a “conversation” with Gifford and his newest stories. Signed copies of The Cuban Club will be available for purchase.