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Asian Improv at Chicago Jazz Festival 2023
Asian Improv at Chicago Jazz Festival 2023

Thu, Aug 31


Chicago Cultural Center

Asian Improv at Chicago Jazz Festival 2023

Asian Improv's Francis Wong to present Wong's "Legends and Legacies" band for the 2023 lineup of the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Time & Location

Aug 31, 2023, 12:15 PM – 1:15 PM

Chicago Cultural Center , 78 E Washington St, Chicago, IL 60602, USA

About this event

AIRMW's Tatsu Aoki & Kioto Aoki join Francis Wong for his "Legends and Legacies" band for the 2023 iteration of the Chicago Jazz Festival. Also featuring Chicago's Mwata Bowden and Edward Wilkerson Jr.

Location: Claudia Cassidy Theater, 2nd Floor North of the Chicago Cultural Center


Francis Wong (he/him) is a saxophonist and community worker with roots in the Asian American Movement in the 1970s and 80s. He has been professionally active as a musician for over 40 years and is co-founder with Jon Jang of Asian Improv aRts (AIR) in San Francisco and frequent collaborator with Tatsu Aoki of Asian Improv Arts Midwest. His work is documented on over 40 recordings as leader and sideman, and has worked with numerous luminaries in jazz and creative music. He has an abiding commitment to community-based practice, most notably in historic Asian American communities of the San Francisco Bay Area. Since 2017, he has served as Lecturer Faculty in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University, teaching classes in history, identity, and the arts.

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