With short sets from small groups in unexpected spots, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival creates a communal experience that’s pandemic safe.
This year’s lineup details a sprawling cross section of the genre, including world-changing explorers the Art Ensemble of Chicago, trad band the Fat Babies, venerable guitarist George Freeman, and restless experimenter Rob Mazurek.
Wisconsin trumpeter and composer Russ Johnson strikes a perfect balance between mainstream and vanguard.
Trumpeter Russ Johnson is a fleet, lyrical soloist and a shrewd, supportive accompanist with a satisfyingly broad tone—qualities that made him a prized sideman during his 23-year sojourn in New York City. Since moving back to his home state of Wisconsin in 2012 to take a teaching position at University of Wisconsin-Parkside, he’s been a […]
Ulery’s celebration of Sifting Stars this weekend makes for a good snapshot of his eclectic practice—it combines a jazz quintet, a vocalist, and a string quartet.
Not even arena gigs with his famous sister, comedian Amy Schumer, can tempt Jason Stein from his drive to make better jazz.
Since trumpeter Russ Johnson moved to Milwaukee in 2011—and thanks to his comfort with the 90-minute commute to Chicago—the local jazz and improvised music scene has been injected with a brash yet thoughtful presence and an aesthetic that connects postbop fundamentals with freedom-seeking impulses. Another benefit has been Johnson’s vast network of collaborators from New […]
Mark Helias and Karl Berger are among the artists playing this weekend’s event at Promontory.
The adventurous Connecticut jazz guitarist makes a stop at the Skylark with his long-running trio and guest trumpeter Russ Johnson.
The underrated trumpeter Russ Johnson leads a terrific Chicago band through a set of his music at the Hideout on Wednesday