The city is replacing the Chicago Jazz Festival with a slimmed-down online event, while the smaller, nimbler Hyde Park Jazz Festival plans to try pop-up in-person shows.
Lisa Mezzacappa takes inspiration from noir fiction for a gritty sextet album and from the writings of bold 19th-century female explorers for a dense big-band recording.
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 program features compositions by the two jazz-bred composers, with the latter performing on her works.
The ambitious reedist and composer Steven Lugerner uses the Torah as a compositional tool on his strong new album For We Have Heard.
I almost spaced on this, but flutist Nicole Mitchell is presenting two of her suites Saturday at the Velvet Lounge. Given their scope and ambition she’s only performed her homages to Afro-Futurist writer Octavia Butler (“Xenogenesis Suite”) and Alice Coltrane (“Many Paths to the Sea”) a handful of times total in Chicago. She’s joined by […]
An update on flutist Nicole Mitchell.