Black Fire: Dana Hall's band celebrates music of Andrew Hill

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And though Hill's music may now stand at the margins of jazz, that doesn't mean it can't assume its rightful place in the canon, says Hall.

"I think the same thing was true 30 years ago of Monk's music," says Hall, pointing to a composer who indeed was once considered inscrutable but now is played prolifically every night of the week in concert halls all over the world.

"Until we had people like Steve Lacy," adds Hall, referring to the saxophonist and Monk champion, "you didn't have people devoting themselves to Monk.

"Perhaps 30 years from now, there will be like-minded musicians who will want to play this. Imagine if Andrew Hill could join that hierarchy of musicians" such as Monk, Ellington and others in the jazz pantheon.

Clearly Hall is doing his part.

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Dana Hall's Black Fire

When: 9 p.m. Tuesdays through October

Where: Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.

Admission: $10; 312-642-6805 or

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