For nearly 70 years, Bob Koester owned the Jazz Record Mart and Delmark Records—and though his businesses could be “crazy town,” they helped nurture thriving communities.
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A eulogy for Danny’s Tavern
For decades, Danny’s nurtured a devoted and welcoming community of music lovers—but it couldn’t survive the pandemic.
The Hyde Park Jazz Festival takes it to the streets
With short sets from small groups in unexpected spots, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival creates a communal experience that’s pandemic safe.
Natural Information Society make the stage a home—and vice versa
Joshua Abrams and Lisa Alvarado of Natural Information Society help give the Chicago collective’s transcendent minimalism a family feeling.
Alto saxophonist Julie Kjær earns the spotlight on her new trio album
London-based Danish saxophonist Julie Kjær leads a compelling trio with John Edwards and Steve Noble.
John Corbett guides you into the netherworld of free improvisation
Chicago gallerist and scholar John Corbett demystifies improvisation in a concise new book that he’ll read from on Saturday.
Remembering Jazz Record Mart from inside
The legendary Jazz Record Mart wasn’t a treasure just because of its massive inventory—it was also a hothouse of musical creativity.
Guitarist Ryley Walker lets go of the reins on the unruly but pastoral Primrose Green
He’s tried punk, noise, and Fahey-style fingerpicking, but he’s about to reach his biggest audience yet with the jazzy, open-ended folk-rock on his new album.
Our guide to the Chicago International Movies & Music Festival 2014 (the music part)
Music headliners at CIMMfest 2014 include Yo La Tengo and Goblin soundtracking Suspiria.
A weekend of jazz and international music in New York
Gorging at Winter Jazz Festival and Globalfest
Best Music School for Graduating Contemporary Jazz Greats
Not everyone on this list graduated, but there’s no disputing the talent and vision of the players.
Best Jazz Band Full of Musicians Named Jason
One feature of the scene that’s largely escaped notice is the proliferation of musicians whose names start with the tenth letter of the alphabet.
Best Jazz Facial Hair
The whole thing has an almost sculptural beauty.
In Rotation: Arriver guitarist Dan Sullivan on Duran Duran
Current obsessions of Lovely Little Girls bassist Alex Perkolup and Arriver guitarist and vocalist Dan Sullivan
12 O’Clock Track: Living by Lanterns, “Forget B”
A track from the dazzling debut of Living by Lanterns, aka Mike Reed’s Sun Ra group from the 2011 Chicago Jazz Festival