“Being in the room and feeling the heartbeat of the people that you’re with, that’s really a large part of what makes the music what it is.”
Wisconsin trumpeter and composer Russ Johnson strikes a perfect balance between mainstream and vanguard.
There’s a reason dark, woody-toned bassist Clark Sommers is a ubiquitous presence on the Chicago jazz scene—not only does he have impeccable timing and bulldozer force but he’s incredibly versatile. That last quality is a true hallmark of great Chicago musicians of the past, who often had to adapt to all manner of gigs to […]
My favorite albums of 2013, helmed by Chicago musicians.
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, October 17
Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Chicago jazz reedist Geof Bradfield unveils an ambitious new suite inspired by his African travels.
Drummer and Chicago native Kobie Watkins has released his debut as a bandleader, and he celebrates on Monday at the Jazz Showcase.