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Mars Williams presents: An Ayler XMAS: CD Release Tour 2021

Mars Williams, Psychedelic Furs Saxophonist and a leading figure in Chicago’s Avant-Grade Jazz Scene, releases Volume 5 of his critically praised holiday music series.

Mars Williams: Sax, Suona, Toy Instruments
Josh Berman: Cornet
Jim Baker: Piano, Viola, Arp Synth
Kent Kessler: Bass
Brian Sandstrom- Bass, Guitar, Trumpet
Steve Hunt; Drums
Peter Maunu: Guitar, Violin

“In what has become a twisted tradition, saxophonist Mars Williams puts together groups in various cities late each year to perform his unique variations on mashed up holiday music and free jazz ala Albert Ayler. Ayler’s outside-oriented tunefulness can be directly applied to traditional melodies…Williams also arranges medleys of these pieces, reinterpreted with free jazz, interludes, and blowouts. This edition of the Ayler Xmas recordings is a mind-bending romp and comes very highly recommended.”  -Avant Music News

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This concert has been organized by ImprovisedSound. For more info, contact


Dec 12 2021


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm