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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Chicago’s Black musical visionaries charted paths for their communities in the 1950s and ’60s
Since the 1950s, Chicago has hosted a succession of visionary Black musical groups and societies. They’re best known as purveyors of avant-garde jazz, but that characterization sells short Sun Ra and his Arkestra, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), and Phil Cohran’s Artistic Heritage Ensemble. Each was—and in some cases still is—a […]
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Disharmony at the Old Town School
The Old Town School’s new union fears the administration is treating teachers like commodities, not inspirations.
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.”
Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label
Drummer Tim Daisy hits a hot streak with his record label, indie rockers Jupiter Styles celebrate a star-studded sophomore album, and more.
The Reader’s guide to the 2019 Chicago Jazz Festival
This year’s lineup details a sprawling cross section of the genre, including world-changing explorers the Art Ensemble of Chicago, trad band the Fat Babies, venerable guitarist George Freeman, and restless experimenter Rob Mazurek.
The Jazz Festival’s orbit bustles with too much music for one weekend
Jazz Fest’s ten days of neighborhood concerts, satellite shows, and aftersets include Kidd Jordan, Angel Bat Dawid, Jeff Parker, Marc Ribot, and Ben Sidran.
Honoring Englewood’s musical history with a cast of hundreds
Quantum Englewood honors the neighborhood’s history with a cast of hundreds, Devin Shaffer outdoes her own dreamy folk on Yarrow’s latest, and more.
Pop-Up Magazine, Pug Party, and more things to do in Chicago this weekend
A dog film festival, a comedic roast of Wonder Woman, and more events June 2-4
Ernest Dawkins and Vijay Iyer blend seamlessly through the common language of jazz
Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins and pianist Vijay Iyer bring their collaboration from the new Transient Takes to Constellation this weekend.
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.
City announces lineup for Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz
Matana Roberts, Fareed Haque, Ernest Dawkins, NRG Ensemble with Michael Shannon, John Moulder, and Milton Suggs play the free Millennium park concert series.
Reader’s Agenda Thu 9/19: Expo Chicago, Englewood Jazz Festival, and Miguel Zenon
What’s on the Reader‘s Agenda for Thursday, September 19