Constellation hasn’t hosted a New Year’s Eve bash since the Sun Ra Arkestra’s legendary fete in 2017. This year, the intimate venue ushers in 2023 with homegrown talents who could be considered Constellation all-stars. The evening is headlined by Natural Information Society, led by multi-instrumentalist Joshua Abrams; the five-piece ensemble realizes his teeming compositions (often […]
A linchpin of Chicago’s 1980s avant-garde has died in Florida
Daniel Scanlan played in groups as diverse as Liof Munimula, the Vandermark Quartet, Broken Wire, and Church Key.
Chicago cornetist Josh Berman shakes up his refined practice
Josh Berman has historically worked slowly and carefully, but he’s playing the Jazz Festival with an untested new quartet.
Phil Cohran shaped the Black Arts Movement with his vision and discipline
Secret History pays tribute to its first subject, the late Phil Cohran, who cofounded the AACM, formed the Artistic Heritage Ensemble, and launched the Affro-Arts Theater.
Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris, inventor of musical conduction, dead at 65
The cornetist and inventor of an approach to conducted improvisation called “conduction” passed away following a struggle with cancer.
Three Beats: Cabdriver Dmitry Samarov exhibits his sketches of shows
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