Ari Brown hasn’t often sought the spotlight, but his blend of bebop rigor and avant-garde daring puts him on par with the likes of Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.
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.
Art Ensemble cofounders Roscoe Mitchell and Famoudou Don Moye expand the group into an 18-piece big band with the likes of Nicole Mitchell, Tomeka Reid, Jaribu Shahid, and Fred Berry.
AACM elder and Art Ensemble of Chicago founder Roscoe Mitchell honors a record label that helped his innovations reach the world.
Corbett vs. Dempsey continues to reissue overlooked, out-of-print treasures from the Hat Hut catalog.
The great soul and gospel singer Fontella Bass is dead at 72
I’ll be spinning a bumper crop of brass-band music Wednesday night at the Hideout, where the main attraction is saxophonist Fred Anderson–he’ll play in a trio with Harrison Bankhead and Tim Daisy and in a duo with Hamid Drake.