Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, has always been one to cite her sources. In addition to performing as a member of Philly-based free-jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements, the contralto wordsmith has frequently paid homage to the jazz, blues, and gospel canons in her solo work, beginning with her 2016 debut, Fetish Bones, and continuing through last […]
After saxophonist Archie Shepp became known in the 1960s as a fierce musical and political voice in what was then called the avant-garde, he charted a different path. In 1977, Shepp recorded a collection of traditional spirituals (and one jazz standard) in a duet session with pianist Horace Parlan titled Goin’ Home, which is as […]
The new version, available via Bandcamp, tightens up the one he premiered at Symphony Center in 2014 with Theaster Gates, Ken Vandermark, Katie Ernst, and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band
The compelling characters at this year’s Jazz Festival include avant-garde elder Roscoe Mitchell, indefatigable experimenter Mary Halvorson, and defiantly joyful South African survivor Louis Moholo-Moholo.
New York guitarist Mary Halvorson brings her daring but sophisticated octet to Chicago for the first time.
Trombonist Ray Anderson, bassist Mark Helias, and drummer Gerry Hemingway bring their agile fusion of postbop, blues, and free jazz to the Chicago Jazz Festival next weekend.
The ingenious pianist and composer collaborates with the idiosyncratic singer Georgia Anne Muldrow tonight at Symphony Center; meanwhile, the innovative guitarist who made his mark in Ornette Coleman’s Prime Time band has passed.
This year’s best jazz records include a large-ensemble concept album about conspiracy theories, a tug-of-war between loops and live-band grooves, and an amazing hybrid of jazz and hip-hop.
Jazz bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst hasn’t helped only herself with her talent, wit, and confidence—she’s also lifting up her peers and students.
In his new Ensemble Double Up, reedist Henry Threadgill puts down his horns and conducts.
Vijay Iyer’s mutant style should make him one of the most interesting draws at this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival.
After constantly reshaping his homage to the great pianist, singer, and composer, Moran finally takes his project into the studio.
Theaster Gates and Ken Vandermark join pianist Jason Moran in an oral history of their evolving Chicago collaboration Looks of a Lot.
ECM Records collects the five contemplative albums reedist Charles Lloyd, who headlines the Chicago Jazz Festival tonight, cut with Swedish pianist Bobo Stenson beginning in 1989.
Jason Moran and Gregory Porter highlight a jam-packed third day of Jazz Fest.