Trumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith, who turned 80 earlier this year, is seemingly at the height of his creative life—despite having already catalogued decades of accomplishments across dozens of […]
Trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith has made recordings over the past decade that celebrate uplifting movements, such as the Occupy protests and the civil rights struggle, and great jazz musicians, including […]
Four years after its golden anniversary, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians asserts a contemporary presence that extends its legacy. The organization first convened on Chicago’s south side […]
Current musical obsessions of jazz guitarist Tim Stine, bassist Matt Lux, and Reader music critic Peter Margasak
The veteran bassist performs in town this weekend with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith.
Previews of every act in Millennium Park and beyond, including Fred Hersch in his overdue festival debut and AACM cofounder Muhal Richard Abrams leading a historic reunion of the Experimental Band
MCA curator Naomi Beckwith discusses a new exhibit called “The Freedom Principle” that connects the legacy of the Black Arts Movement to current cultural and political battles.
The 50th anniversary of Chicago’s AACM gets the spotlight
Vijay Iyer’s mutant style should make him one of the most interesting draws at this year’s Chicago Humanities Festival.
The best shows to see through Sunday include Hellfyre Club, Alaya, Wadada Leo Smith, and Sick/Tired.
The Chicago Jazz Festival moves to Millennium Park with its best lineup in five years.
Part three of my favorite albums of 2012 countdown
Wadada Leo Smith plays the U. of C.’s Goodspeed Recital Hall with Douglas Ewart and Mike Reed
The excellent free-jazz blog Destination: Out is selling downloads of select releases from the mighty FMP catalog, including a classic by trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith and drummer Günter “Baby” Sommer, who will perform together at this year’s Umbrella Music Festival on November 7.