Last Call at the Velvet Lounge
June 26, 2010 7:14 PM Subscribe
Fred Anderson was a monster on the tenor sax.
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Fred Anderson was one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
, and his "home court," the Velvet Lounge
, remains a place for Chicago creative musicians to find welcoming audience. Fred died June 24 in Chicago. A wake will take place
from 5 to 6 PM this Tuesday (June 29) at Leak and Sons Funeral Chapel, 7838 S. Cottage Grove, followed immediately by Anderson’s Going Home service.
I first met Fred in 1972, when he and his sextet played at the AACM festival at the University of Chicago (The Art Ensemble's "Live at Mandel Hall"
was recorded that week). Two years later, I would drive 60 miles to Chicago to hear his band play midnight to daybreak at a place on at N. Wells & North Avenue in Old Town. With him and his band, we set up his first club, The BirdHouse. Fred shared stories of the jazz scene in Chicago in the 1940's, and the incubation and birth of the AACM. He incorporated the gutbucket blues of his native Louisiana into the sonic explorations of extended form of avant-garde jazz. In 1982, Fred had saved enough money from his day job to buy a club on the south side that he re-christened the Velvet Lounge.
Fred was a true giant. Here are Fred, Hamid Drake & the late Peter Kowald on "Straight, but Not Straight
" from The Fred Anderson Trio Live at the Velvet Lounge.