There’s been jazz in Chicago for nearly as long as there’s been jazz. While jazz is commonly said to have ridden the rails to Chicago around 1916, when the Great Migration of African Americans from the south to the north kicked into gear, Dixieland bandleader Wilbur Sweatman had played gigs on the city’s south side […]
Ari Brown hasn’t often sought the spotlight, but his blend of bebop rigor and avant-garde daring puts him on par with the likes of Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.
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When the Awakening formed in the early 1970s, they combined veterans of Chicago’s R&B sessions and jazz players affiliated with the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians. The sextet drew on these diverse sources for its 1972 debut album, Hear, Sense and Feel, which is being reissued domestically this month as part of Real […]
Bill MacKay and Katinka Kleijn finally document their dynamic duo with an album, friends band together to help Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal with medical bills, and more.
The south side’s own world-class jazz fest played host to dozens of shows and more than a hundred musicians.
Bandleader and drummer Mike Reed assembles an ensemble of composer-performers from The City Was Yellow, a “real book” documenting 30 years of the city’s jazz scene.
The leader of the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is also a teacher, a connector, and an ambassador for Afrocentric jazz.
Joshua Abrams and Lisa Alvarado of Natural Information Society help give the Chicago collective’s transcendent minimalism a family feeling.
Circuit des Yeux, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Irreversible Entanglements, and This Is Not This Heat don’t sell tickets like Fleet Foxes, but they help keep the Pitchfork Music Festival interesting.
Dee Alexander has earned international acclaim, but fame has eluded her. Her great new album might change that.
Current musical obsessions of Roctober‘s Jake Austen and WHPK’s Mario Smith
Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Miguel Zenon, Wycliffe Jordon, and dozens of other cats head to Hyde Park for its 6th annual Jazz Festival
On Monday the Jazz Showcase hosts a tribute to the late Von Freeman that features his band from the New Apartment Lounge