Bassist Jason Roebke celebrates the release of his first solo recording on Wednesday night at the Hideout; the Extraordinary Popular Delusions begin a new free weekly gig at the Beat Kitchen on Monday, September 20.
Pianist Ahmad Jamal, who broke out as a jazz star while living in Chicago in the 50s, celebrates his 80th birthday with a blowout concert in Millennium Park following the opening day of this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival.
Local guitarist Bill MacKay plays the Charleston on Friday with his band Darts & Arrows, which blends jazz, folk, and rock.
After more than five years, Extraordinary Popular Delusions’ extraordinary run at Hotti Biscotti comes to an end.
Four collaborators of Fred Anderson pay homage to the master Wednesday night at the Hideout.
Tenor-sax giant Fred Anderson and the community he sustained
Chicago tenor saxophonist Fred Anderson has died at 81.
Chicago jazz icon Fred Anderson is in a coma after a serious heart attack.
I review Von Freeman’s latest album Vonski Speaks for NPR’s All Things Considered.
Protest Jazz, the weekly series at Heaven Gallery, celebrates its fifth anniversary—sort of.
Local saxophonist Dudley Owens celebrates the release of his debut album, Just the Beginning.
Hannes Reisinger Ken Vandermark Earlier this year I interviewed Ken Vandermark for a feature that ran in Down Beat magazine. One of the things he discussed but that didn’t make it into that article was his apparent invisibility to the U.S. jazz establishment. There’s no question he has a rabid following in the States, but […]
We’re about to hear a lot from James Falzone, one of the best straight-up clarinet players in Chicago’s jazz and improvised-music community—most other jazz musicians who play clarinet treat it as an accessory to their saxophones, but for Falzone it’s his principal horn. His quartet Klang—with vibist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Jason Roebke, and drummer Tim […]
I almost spaced on this, but flutist Nicole Mitchell is presenting two of her suites Saturday at the Velvet Lounge. Given their scope and ambition she’s only performed her homages to Afro-Futurist writer Octavia Butler (“Xenogenesis Suite”) and Alice Coltrane (“Many Paths to the Sea”) a handful of times total in Chicago. She’s joined by […]
Dave McDonnell’s name may not ring a bell, but he’s one of the more ubiquitous and multifaceted figures on Chicago’s sprawling musical map. Last week he played the Pitchfork Music Festival with his band Michael Columbia. A week earlier he was at the Hungry Brain with the superb postbop sextet Herculaneum. The DePaul grad was […]