When percussionist Kahil El'Zabar returned to Chicago from a trip to Ghana in 1972, he had a vision for a new sound: the fusion of American jazz with traditional African music. He realized that vision when he formed the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. Since then El'Zabar has recorded and toured with Stevie Wonder and worked with Julie Taymor and Garth Fagan on the Broadway version of "The Lion King," but he always come back to the EHE. At Lovin' Cup he'll be joined by the group's other two members, Chicago jazz greats Ernest Khabeer Dawkins on saxophone and Corey Wilkes on trumpet. But it might seem like there are four members when Wilkes plays two trumpets at once.
The Ethnic Heritage Ensemble performs Wednesday, February 5, 8:30 p.m. at Lovin' Cup, 300 Park Point Drive. $18-$20. lovincup.com.