Gossip Wolf always likes to hear about a new solo album from a member of Ensemble dal Niente—the long-running local contemporary-classical corps has built a spotless reputation for adventurous programming and technical excellence, and its members often pop up in far-flung musical contexts around town. Among the most prolific is multi-instrumentalist Emma Hospelhorn, who has […]
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Percussionist and bandleader Kahil El’Zabar starts his sixth decade of making restorative rhythms
It’s probably not possible to give a brief overview of Kahil El’Zabar’s resumé—the Chicago jazz percussionist has been a crucial part of the city’s musical heritage since he joined the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians at age 18 in the early 1970s. (He also served the AACM as its chairman for a few […]
Jumaane Taylor, tap dancer
“I’ve been on this journey to be able to present within the jazz community. . . . To be a union of creative beauty.”
Chicago’s September jazz festivals cope with COVID
The city is replacing the Chicago Jazz Festival with a slimmed-down online event, while the smaller, nimbler Hyde Park Jazz Festival plans to try pop-up in-person shows.
Legendary percussionist Kahil El’Zabar brings the Afrocentric spiritual-jazz explorations of his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble to Evanston
Prolific musician Kahil El’Zabar has hardly gone unnoticed, but I wish every music fan knew about this living legend. The son of a drummer, El’Zabar was born Clifton Blackburn in Chicago in 1953, and raised on the city’s south side. He joined the Association of the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) at age 18, and […]
Veteran Chicago bassist Junius Paul celebrates the release of his first album
The band is already midflight as the sound fades up at the beginning of “You Are Free to Choose,” the opening track of the Junius Paul double LP Ism (International Anthem). Perhaps unintentionally, this parallels his career, which has also been in motion for some time. The Chicago-born-and-raised bassist first performed in 2002 at Fred […]
Drummer Kahil El’Zabar elevates groove to a transcendent plane
The leader of the Ritual Trio and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble is also a teacher, a connector, and an ambassador for Afrocentric jazz.
Jazz grows under Ernest Dawkins’s feet
By staying put in his hometown, this Chicago saxophonist has nurtured generations of musicians—and a south-side festival that’s now in its 16th year.
Will Chicago’s most daring and virtuosic jazz singer finally get the recognition she deserves?
Dee Alexander has earned international acclaim, but fame has eluded her. Her great new album might change that.
Reader’s Agenda Sat 5/31: CAKE, the Dance Mile, and Corey Wilkes Quintet
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Saturday, May 31
Thursday and Friday: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival according to Reader writers
Jack DeJohnette and Wadada Leo Smith are just two of the highlights of the first two days of the 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival.
Saturday: 2013 Chicago Jazz Festival according to Reader writers
Jason Moran and Gregory Porter highlight a jam-packed third day of Jazz Fest.
Local saxophonist Ernest Dawkins plays it Afro Straight
On his new album, the AACM stalwart takes on jazz standards
Best shows to see: Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Mako Sica, Lindstrom, Keith Rowe
Soundboard recommends Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Mako Sica, Lindstrom, and Keith Rowe
African Festival of the Arts 2012
George Clinton, Nona Hendryx, the Chosen Few DJs, and more at the African Festival of the Arts