Pianist Matthew Shipp has released more than a dozen albums with Brazilian saxophonist Ivo Perelman just in the past two years, and their Jazz Festival set is the first time they’ve played together in Chicago.
Trumpeter Jaimie Branch finally spreads her wings
More than 12 years after her blazing debut on the Chicago jazz scene, trumpeter Jaimie Branch releases Fly or Die, her first album as a bandleader.
774th Street Quartet
Chicago isn’t hurting for saxophonists, yet I can’t think of a single jazz sax quartet that’s active in town. The 774th Street Quartet doesn’t quite count–bass saxophonist Thomas Mejer lives in Switzerland and altoist Aram Shelton is now based in Oakland–but it’s not a bad start. The group came together early last year and soon […]
Before he split for New York last year, Chad Taylor, the drummer who anchors the various Chicago Underground groups, was one of the most elegant and open-minded percussionists in town. In every context, from one-off gigs with Dutch reedist Sean Bergin to playing pop behind the Sea and Cake’s Sam Prekop to his regular work […]
Akio Sasajima Quartet
The subtle virtues of guitarist Akio Sasajima’s music resist easy categorization; his choices of tone, texture, and attack are neither radical nor unique. But Sasajima’s interpretive and improvisational gifts stem from that selfsame subtlety, manifested in his attention to detail–whether it be the weight of a single note, the overarching shape of a particular solo, […]