Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spellz featuring Brinae Ali/Thaddeus Tukes Quintet

May 20, 2022


Sean Jones is a “trumpeter on the ascent” (Chicago Tribune), whose artistry on his instrument intersects with a keen understanding of jazz’s perpetually modern tradition. With his latest project, Dizzy Spellz, Jones examines the legacy of groundbreaking trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in a program that beams Gillespie’s be-bop influences through a prism of hip-hop, tap dance and Afro-futurism. Chicago native Thaddeus Tukes, an “up-and-coming vibraphonist with something significant to say” (Chicago Tribune), makes his Symphony Center debut with his quintet in a set of soulful, bluesy originals that plants Tukes firmly in the rich lineage of Chicago jazz.

Sean Jones’ Dizzy Spellz featuring Brinae Ali
Sean Jones trumpet
Brinae Ali tap dancer and vocals
Wendel Patrick DJ
Alex Brown piano
Corcoran Holt bass
CV Dashiell drums

Thaddeus Tukes Quintet
Thaddeus Tukes vibes
Irvin Pierce saxophone
Bethany Pickens piano
Runere Brooks bass
Charles Heath IV drums

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The appearance of Brinae Ali is made possible with support from the Chicago Human Rhythm Project's 32nd annual international festival of American Tap, Rhythm World.

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