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Jaimie Branch: Fly or Die

Read "Fly or Die" reviewed by Karl Ackermann

Improvisational trumpeter and electronics artist Jaimie Branch, a Chicago native, began playing trumpet at the age of nine. Doing double-duty, she has also worked around her home town as a sound engineer for Tim Daisy and Ken Vandermark. A relative newcomer, Branch moved to New York to complete a Master's degree in in Jazz Performance and ...

ARTICLE: BEST OF / YEAR END

2016: The Year in Jazz

Read "2016: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling

The year 2016 bubbled with events and initiatives to strengthen jazz's place in American and world culture, as well as a variety of venue openings, closings and cancellations. Jazz hit the silver screen in many ways throughout the year, and International Jazz Day continued to thrive--complete with a major all-star concert at the White House. Pop ...

ARTICLE: LIVE REVIEWS

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2016" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival
Chicago, IL
September 24-25, 2016

Regard the Hyde Park Jazz Festival as you would your favorite restaurant, where it just so happens that you are best friends with the chef. You have an embarrassment of riches because everything on the menu, which is fresh and delicious, organic, ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Angelika Niescier, Florian Weber: NYC Five

Read "NYC Five" reviewed by Stefano Merighi

Una bella pattuglia di ragazze sassofoniste sono maturate in questi ultimi anni. E accanto alle varie Matana Roberts, Ingrid Laubrock, Mette Rasmussen, Virginia Genta, si accomoda ora Angelika Niescier, musicista davvero straordinaria, impegnata sia artisticamente che socialmente. Polacca di nascita, tedesca di adozione (dirige il Winterjazz a Colonia), giramondo di vocazione (ha lavorato nella striscia di ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition

Read "Jeff Parker: Reinventing Tradition" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Is there such a thing as a Chicago sound? Back in the year 2000, a compilation was released that tried to portray a new and exciting musical scene. The album was called Chicago 2018... It's Gonna Change and it highlighted a brilliant mixture of free jazz, electronica, post-rock, art pop and experimental folk music. Of the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEW

Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond

Read "Damión Reid: On Drum Artistry, The Robert Glasper Trio, and Beyond" reviewed by K. Shackelford

International drummer Damión Reid has crafted a style that is inimitable without sacrificing the ardor of modern jazz and its traditional stylistic approaches to drumming. Listening to Reid is like a history lesson on the drum--he can play everything with artful dexterity from Be-Bop to Hip Hop.

Adrian Kirchler, owner of AK drums, was ...

NEWS: RECORDING

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Bay Area Meets Chicago For A New Quartet CD Release With Aaron Bennett, Darren Johnston, Lisa Mezzacappa And Frank Rosaly - "Shipwreck 4"

Shipwreck 4 celebrates the first quartet meeting of jny: San Francisco Bay Area improvisers Darren Johnston, Aaron Bennett and Lisa Mezzacappa with jny: Chicago drummer Frank Rosaly. Johnston, a major figure in the Bay Area music scene, has nonetheless retained close ties to Chicago’s jazz community, and made the introductions here—the group assembled to play a ...

ARTICLE: CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Jonah Parzen-Johnson: Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow

Read "Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Hymn-like melodies, oscillating and quivering sounds, and a mixture of solemnity and adventurousness all inform the solo work of saxophonist Jonah Parzen-Johnson. On Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow, Parzen-Johnson is all by his lonesome with his baritone saxophone and analog synthesizer, creating what could rightly be described as trance spirituals for the modern epoch or, ...

Matana Roberts: Always

Read "Always" reviewed by Mark Corroto

The saxophone is possibly the musical instrument that produces a sound closest to the human voice. Listening to a virtuoso saxophonist like Matana Roberts, one hears more than just breath through a reed instrument. Her solo recording Always, travels beyond voice, to mind, body, and spirit.

Recorded in studio, without the benefit of a ...

NEWS: FESTIVAL

Newport Jazz Festival Flex Tickets No Longer Available After March 1

Going, Going, Almost Gone... Newport Jazz Festival Flexible Discount Tickets To Be Discontinued on March 1 NEWPORT, RI – The countdown is on for purchasing flexible discount tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management. Priced at just $55, Flex Tickets can be used for adult general admission for concerts at Fort Adams State Park July 31-August ...


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