Wisconsin trumpeter and composer Russ Johnson strikes a perfect balance between mainstream and vanguard.
Allison Miller and her sextet Boom Tic Boom reached new heights last year on Otis Was a Polar Bear.
Allison Miller composed the music on Otis Was a Polar Bear, the new album from her band Boom Tic Boom, following the birth of her daughter.
The best shows to see on Mon 8/11 through Wed 8/13
Robbie Fulks at the Hideout
On his releases from the past year, guitarist Bill Frisell has accompanied Buster Keaton classics, a narrative movie, and historical photographs from Heber Springs, Arkansas; on Saturday he plays in a trio at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg.
Violinist Jenny Scheinman is back in town (and in jazz mode) with bassist Ben Allison and his band Man Size Safe, Friday and Saturday at the Green Mill.