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

Jason Roebke, Josh Berman, Ben Lamar Gay

Saturday | 24 November 2018
Constellation - 8:30pm

Josh Berman – cornet
Ben Lamar Gay – cornet
Jason Roebke – double bass

Jason Roebke debuts a new trio in a program of compositions. Roebke is a Chicago bassist and composer. In addition to being a bassist in the city’s jazz and freely improvised music scenes, he has composed music for his own Octet and small groups. His playing is intensely physical, audacious, and sparse. The Chicago Reader described his work as “a carefully orchestrated rummage through a hardware store.” His collaborators this evening are cornetists Ben Lamar Gay and Josh Berman. Gay, a composer, cornetist, vocalist, and producer, moves components of sound, color, and space through folkloric filters to produce brilliant electro-acoustic collages. Berman’s work as an improvisor, composer, and conceptualist have made him one of Chicago’s most original musical voices.