An off-shoot of the Mulligan Mosaics Big Band and the jazz quartet Jeru, the Mulligan Mosaics Nonet is an ensemble comprised of top jazz and classical musicians and is co-led by saxophonist Ted Hogarth and bassist Joe Policastro. The ensemble was formed to commission new music and preserve and perform classic third-stream works by composers such as John Lewis, Gil Evans, Jimmy Giuffre, Shorty Rogers, Gunther Schuller, George Russell, Gerry Mulligan, Chico Hamilton, and Manny Albam. The ensemble seeks to balance jazz, classical, and modern art music and serves as a creative outlet for its diverse arrangers, composers, and performers.
In March of 2011 as part of Miles Davis Fest, the ensemble performed for a week at the Jazz Showcase performing Miles Davis' "Birth of the Cool" in its entirety and premiered new music inspired by the landmark recording featuring works by Joe Clark, Chris Madsen, Kevin Fort, Bryant Scott, and Joe Policastro.
Read Howard Reich's Chicago Tribune articles about the band:
March 7, 2011
» Miles Davis' 'Birth of the Cool' heats up again
March 14, 2011
» Rebirth of the 'Cool'