34th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival. Pierre Dørge and New Jungle Orchestra Sept. 2 | 6:00 – 6:55 PM
One of the best of the “little big bands” that cropped up in the ’80s, the NJO specializes in pungent harmonies and fleet improvisations spearheaded by Dorge’s high, ringing guitar. The band’s ravenous appetite extends to the jazz of Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra, Balinese gamalan and South African township sounds and the modern classical music of Stravinsky and Ligeti. With the exception of Norwegian trumpeter Gunnar Halle and Swedish bassist Thommy Andersson, the band is Danish through and through: reed players Morten Carlsen, Jakob Mygind and Anders Banke, trombonist Kenneth Agerholm, keyboardist Irene Becker (Dorge’s wife), drummer Martin Anderson on drums and conga player and percussionist Thomas Dyani.