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Tuesdays on the Terrace | Mike Reed’s People, Places & Things

June 28, 20225:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Admission for Tuesdays on the Terrace is free, and walk-up tickets are always available. Register in advance to receive pre-show reminders. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis; there are no pre-reserved seating options. In the event of rain, the event moves indoors to the Edlis Neeson Theater on the museum’s first floor.

Portrait of Mike Reed

Mike Reed. Photo: Liina Raud.

About the Event

Summer Tuesdays come alive on the MCA’s Anne and John Kern Terrace Garden with free music highlighting artists from Chicago’s internationally renowned jazz community. Enjoy two sets of original music by drummer and composer Mike Reed and his post-bop quintet People, Places & Things. In addition to Reed on drums, the band is comprised of some of the city’s most in-demand players, including a trio of saxophonists—Greg Ward, Hunter Diamond, and Keefe Jackson—and Christian Dillingham on bass.

About the Artist

Mike Reed is a musician, composer, and presenter based in Chicago. Reed has been part of the vibrant Chicago jazz and improvised music community since 1997. While performing in a variety of projects locally, nationally, and internationally, Reed also leads two widely acclaimed groups, Loose Assembly and People, Places & Things. Reed was named Chicagoan of the Year for Jazz (2008) by the Chicago Tribune and in the 57th annual Downbeat critics poll was distinguished as “Rising Jazz Star.” People, Places & Things was also named as “Rising Jazz Group.” Over the years he has had the pleasure to work with luminaries in the jazz and improvised music world including Roscoe Mitchell, Wadada Leo Smith, Fred Anderson, and Julian Priester, among others. As a producer Reed serves as Chairperson for the Chicago Jazz Festival Programming Committee, and from 2009 to 2011 he served as vice chairman for the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM). Reed is also the producer of the internationally renowned Pitchfork Music Festival, drawing over 50,000 attendees to Chicago over three days annually and featuring today’s most cutting-edge rock and pop artists. In April 2013, Reed opened Constellation, a venue with a mission to present progressive performance and forward-thinking music with a focus on jazz, improvisation, and contemporary classical. Reed is a 2016 United States Artist Fellow and the recipient of the 2019 Meier Achievement Award. He received The City of Chicago’s Esteemed Artist Awards in 2020. In 2022 the French Ministry of Culture awarded Reed the honor of the insignia of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Knight of the Orders of Arts and Letters).


WDCB 90.9 is the official media sponsor of Tuesdays on the Terrace.

Tuesdays on the Terrace is made possible in part by a generous gift from Luminarts Cultural Foundation, supported by Cherilyn Murer.

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