Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Fred Anderson Park Grand Opening Celebration Sunday, May 31st at 1pm

The Fred Anderson Park has been open for use since late last year, but the official grand opening is apparently this weekend.  A reader writes:
Members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Music (AACM) will perform live on the Fred Anderson Park Stage during the official GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION for this new Chicago Park District Park named in honor of Chicago’s beloved musician, mentor and composer Fred Anderson.
The program will feature the AACM Great Black Music Ensemble conducted by Mwata Bowden. Hamid Drake and Joshua Abrams will open the concert with a duet (frame drum and guimbri).
Parking and food will be available at a modest cost from True Rock Ministries.
Please join in the celebration!
1 p.m. Sunday, May, 31, 2015
Fred Anderson Park
1611 S. Wabash Ave. Chicago, IL 60616

For those interested in Mr. Anderson, the Chicago Tribune has a good read:
Anderson "was one of the Chicago's most creative, acclaimed and beloved musicians," reads the park's plaque, which features musical notation for a few bars of Anderson's tune "The Strut." "Inspired by Charlie Parker's music, Anderson developed his own unique method of playing jazz. As an original member of Chicago's world-renowned Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, he performed in the first AACM concert in 1965."

For some musical enjoyment here is a video of Fred doing what he does:

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