I can’t rattle off a list of my most beloved guitarists, despite being a so-so guitar player myself, but I can quickly tell you my top ten bassists. One of my favorites has played with famous musicians across many genres, but most folks don’t even recognize his name. As far as I know, my first […]
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Ari Brown belongs in Chicago’s canon of great tenor saxophonists
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.
Percussionist Dan Weiss builds sonic sculptures from snippets of jazz drums on his new album
On Sixteen: Drummers Suite, Dan Weiss uses terse passages from the playing of legendary drummers to build rigorous, complex large-ensemble pieces.
Sonny Sharrock’s brilliant 1991 album Ask the Ages gets reissued
Listen to the guitarist’s coruscating swing for today’s 12 O’Clock Track.
In Rotation: Saxophonist Nick Mazzarella on John Coltrane in his own words
Current musical obsessions of saxophonist Nick Mazzarella and drummer Frank Rosaly
Jazz movies under the open skies
Chicago Film Archives presents a free program of jazz films.
12 O’Clock Track: “Promises Kept,” masterful modern jazz from Sonny Sharrock
The opening track from one of the greatest jazz records of all time, by guitarist Sonny Sharrock
Black Cinema House has The Blues—and more—this Friday
Previewing the first program in a summer-long outdoor film series