Goethe Pop Up KC presents: The Chicago Plan

There is more than 10 years of partnership between American trombonist and composer Steve Swell and German tenor saxophonist, bass clarinetist, and composer Gebhard Ullmann. After their successful first collaboration, The Ullmann/Swell Quartet featuring bassist Hill Greene and drum legend Barry Altschul continue with a new version of the quartet, which features renowned Chicagoans Michael Zerang on percussion and Fred Lonberg-Holm on cello. This ensemble is appropriately named The Chicago Plan. The plan of course is to integrate the leaders' fresh written material to inspire and be in the service of groundbreaking areas of improvisation that include world rhythms, universal textures and other worldly sound experiences.

All the accumulated experience of the members of The Chicago Plan forge a personal approach and vocabulary that is as natural as it is exhilarating. Their collective approach is loose and cool and is constantly full of life. That’s a good plan for any band whether the band is from Chicago or New York (Swell’s home), or Berlin (Ullmann’s home) or any other city in the world for that matter.

This event is presented by Goethe Pop Up KC, an arts initiative implemented by the Goethe Institut and funded by the Federal Foreign Office in Germany.






American Jazz Museum


Blue Room Jazz Club
1600 E 18th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
United States