When the pandemic shut down live music, Chicago gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey began presenting great online gigs via Experimental Sound Studio’s Quarantine Concerts series. I remember the excitement I felt […]
Avant-garde jazz musicians have been uniting to better control their opportunities to perform, record, and engage with their communities at least since the 1960s, when the Association for the Advancement […]
With its ongoing Quarantine Concerts, ESS has built connections faster and cheaper than it could have in person.
No one else plays the pedal steel guitar like Susan Alcorn. She combines a command of the instrument’s orchestral range with an improvisational fluency that lets her take the instrument […]
Many musicians and labels will donate the day’s Bandcamp money to support the fight for Black lives.
When you want to put together an improvising ensemble whose interactions will be unpredictable as well as satisfying, it helps to recruit someone who has your back and someone else […]
In January the DKV Trio released The Fire Each Time (Not Two), a six-CD box set documenting a string of gigs that percussionist Hamid Drake, bassist Kent Kessler, and reedist […]
The Instant Award in Improvised Music, funded by an anonymous donor, recognizes the art form as a practice unto itself.
John Snyder lays downs gnarly, surging, needling analog synthesizer tones alongside multihorn player Joe McPhee on The Willisau Concert, a 1975 concert recording originally released by Hat Hut and recently […]
Stellar Scandinavian quintet Atomic plays two Chicago shows this weekend, and its bassist and pianist have even more music to offer on their own.
The holiday season in Chicago often means great things for the city’s musical institutions, as local musicians who spend much of their time on the road coalesce in their hometown. […]
On Thursday at Constellation, Astral Spirits celebrates tape releases by Billington/Shippy/Wyche and Matt Lux’s Communication Arts Quartet.
Norwegian bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten stays busy in collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic, but he plays alone on this visit to Chicago.
Over the next week Chicagoans can see shows by a free-jazz pioneer, an emerging guitarist with an original sound, and a supergroup connected the heyday of hard bop.
Hamid Drake’s fluid fusion of jazz, reggae, and world-music percussion styles has made him an invaluable part of countless groups.