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Kahil El'Zabar Quartet

Kahil El'Zabar Quartet

Chicago’s legendary spiritual jazz shaman Kahil El’Zabar is leading an enviable ensemble of young masters from his hometown, in a much anticipated performance at the We Out Here festival!


Kahil El’Zabar ancient/future music, from swinging jazz that sings of his Chicago pedigree, to talking drums and soothing spiritual grooves that reconnect Black Classical Music with its African roots.


Multi-percussionist, band-leader, vocalist, composer, conductor and educator, Kahil El’Zabar has been at the

forefront of the unceasingly creative avant-garde jazz scene in Chicago and beyond for over 4 decades. Considered the pioneer of spiritual groove and Afrocentric jazz, El’Zabar has recorded & performed with heavyweights such as Pharoah Sanders, Archie Shepp, David Murray, Billy Bang, Lester Bowie, Nina Simone and Stevie Wonder, to name a few.


As ever, the Chicago legend surrounds himself with the hottest young talent. The Quartet is a cross-generational collaboration with an extraordinary line-up including Corey Wilkes on trumpet, Isaiah Collier on sax & Justin Dillard on keys!


The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet’s hugely successful and universally acclaimed latest album, the now sold-out ‘A Time for Healing’’s is a spiritual and ever probing human journey offering a regenerative opus in the face of growing global anxiety, and addressing the state of affairs today while calling for a better tomorrow. What the world needs right now is exactly what El’Zabar and his quartet have on offer: A Time for Healing.

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