AFLSE Chicago Events: U.K./Chicago Jazz Concert Series and Ivy Plus Society Winter Gala

This newsletter contains the following AFLSE Chicago news:

  • Jazz Musicians from Birmingham, U.K. will be visiting Chicago for a collaborative jazz concert series
  • The Ivy Plus Society is hosting a Winter Gala


Our friends at the British American Business Council ("BABC") have invited LSE alumni and friends to attend several jazz concerts featuring musicians from their U.K. Sister City, Birmingham!  Four jazz musicians from Birmingham will be spending a week in Chicago playing with leading musicians on the Chicago scene as part of an innovative exchange project between the twinned cities.  Cover charge for each session is $10.

The project is collaboration between the Chicago Birmingham Contemporary Jazz and Town Hall & Symphony Hall's Jazzlines programme.  The project is supported by Birmingham City Council's Culture Commissioning Service to promote Great International City activity, and Arts Council England's Artists' International Development Fund. Jazzlines collaborated with Umbrella Music Chicago in setting up 3 gigs:

Feb 6th at 10 PM - The Hideout  - 1354 W. Wabansia -

Steve Tromans Trio, lead by pianist Steve Tromans and featuring Chris Mapp on bass and Miles Levin on drums, will be playing with top Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark. Steve Tromans will be writing new material for this collaboration. Then in the second set Mark Sanders will play an improvised set with Ken Vandermark and Chicago vibes player Jason Adasiewicz.

Feb 7th at  9 PM - The Elastic Arts Center - 2830 N. Milwaukee

Four Birmingham players will join Chicagoans Dave Rempis, James Falzone and Josh Berman to play an improvised concert in various small and large configurations.

Feb 10th at 10 PM - The Hungry Brain - 2319 W. Belmont

This session will include an octet with four Chicagoans, Ken Vandermark, Dave Rempis, James Falzone and Dave Rempis and four Birmingham players, premiering a special commission from Steve Tromans.

For more information, see also the Umbrella Music website:


The Ivy Plus Society is hosting a Winter Gala in Chicago!

The Ivy Plus Society: Winter Gala
City Winery (1200 W. Randolph)
Friday, February 8th, 7-11pm
LSE alumni and friends are welcome to attend!


Advance purchase tickets are recommended.  Each guest will receive a complimentary glass of wine. Cocktail attire is requested for this gala.


  For questions about the AFLSE Chicago chapter, contact chapter leader Margo Rocklin at

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