• Jeff Kimmel

Bass clarinetist Jeff Kimmel moved to Chicago in 2007 after studying at the New England Conservatory of Music, and since then he’s slowly but steadily enmeshed himself in the city’s jazz and improvised-music scenes, both as a player and an organizer. He’s involved in programming both the Monday-night Ratchet series at the Skylark and the Saturday Protest Heaven series at Heaven Gallery. Earlier this year he showed off his free-improvisation skills on an abstract trio recording with Jacob Wick (trumpet) and David Moré (musical saw) called Tilting (Peira); his unpitched, breathy snorts, extreme upper-register squawks, tightly coiled flurries, and rapidly zigzagging tangles fit perfectly into the fast-paced sound sculpting.