Mike Reed could rest comfortably on his hipster laurels as a curator of the Pitchfork Music Festival. But then he tops himself. Reed is also a scholar, composer, bandleader, and active member of Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians—the AACM, America’s foremost avant-garde jazz fraternity. What’s more, his quintet People, Places & Things interprets the music of his city’s rough-and-ready hard bop scene of the mid-’50s to early ’60s, an era that included greats like Clifford Jordan, John Gilmore, and the legendary Sun Ra. All of them are represented in PP&T’s repertoire—not only with the breakneck swing of the original packaging, but also with a controlled but feverish cacophony that gives the music a futuristic spin. It’s a treasure trove for your ears—provided you’re not already up to them in hipness.
MIKE REED’S PEOPLE, PLACES & THINGS PERFORMS WITH DCIC AT 9 P.M. AT THE BLACK CAT, 1811 14TH ST. NW. $10. (202) 667-4490.