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Chicago is an American rock band formed in 1967 in Chicago, Illinois. The self-described "rock and roll band with horns" began as a politically charged, sometimes experimental, rock band and later moved to a predominantly softer sound, generating several hit ballads. They had a steady stream of hits throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Second only to The Beach Boys in Billboard singles and albums chart success among American bands, Chicago is one of the longest-running and most successful rock groups in history. According to Billboard, Chicago was the leading US singles charting group during the 1970s


News: Music Industry

Introducing New Subscriptions From Rutz Music Works

Introducing New Subscriptions From Rutz Music Works

This week a new page called In The Loop has been launched from Markus Rutz Music Works. The subscription selections are The Chicagoan & The Global Citizen. These continue an ongoing newsletter and expands to include offerings for those who become subscribers. Engagement with music making is in the form of access to recording catalog, videos, ...


Article: History of Jazz

Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?

Read "Which Came First—Jazz or Baseball?" reviewed by Con Chapman

Baseball and jazz rank high among the objects of my affection, and have several things in common: Both are distinctively American products with foreign roots; both are inexhaustible sources of enjoyment, at least to me; and both are popular in the best sense of that word, with broad appeal across ages, races and classes.


Article: Chats with Cats

The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse

Read "The Jazz Historian: John Edward Hasse" reviewed by B.D. Lenz

Jazz is not simply a style of music; it is also a culture. The impact of this cultural force has had many ups and downs throughout the last century but, undeniably, has been felt worldwide across all nations and all languages. With such a storied past, it's important that an account of its beginnings and those ...

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Kenny Reichert


Kenny Reichert is a Chicago-based guitarist, composer, bandleader, and educator who has been described as “a distinctive player and composer” by DownBeat Magazine and “accomplished” by Textura. He is known for his wide-reaching artistic vision and creativity, seeking to expand his boundaries and discover new musical horizons.

Reichert is a seasoned performer, having shared the stage alongside many notable jazz artists in the Midwest including Russ Johnson, Geof Bradfield, Johannes Wallmann, Alyssa Allgood, Clark Sommers, Ethan Philion, Christy Bennett, Artie Black, Tony Barba, and Devin Drobka. Reichert’s second studio album as a leader, Deep Breath, was released in April 2023 with Shifting Paradigm Records. He self-released his debut album Interpretations in 2015 and has been featured on recordings such as Johannes Wallmann’s Love Wins (Fresh Sound) and Ian Ewing’s Overnight (Nettwerk Music Group).

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Paul Giallorenzo

Originally from Long Island, NY, Paul Giallorenzo is a Chicago-based improviser, composer, producer, and sound designer using piano, synthesizer, keyboards, and electronics in a diverse range of contexts with a wide array of Chicago and international musicians in improvised, avant-jazz, experimental, and electro/acoustic music, performing regularly locally and throughout North America and Europe.  

Giallorenzo’s work has been praised for its “inside-out” nature – his ability to push the boundaries of “conventional” jazz toward more freedom but also, on the other side, to bring a measure of structure to more avant-garde material. Writing in the online journal Point Of Departure, John Litweiler said, “His solos and aggressive duets are gems of after-Bop, after-Bley melody,” while AllAboutJazz.com lauded music that “smudges the lines between the tradition and the avant-garde.”


News: Obituary

Chicago-Area Jazz Publicist, Producer And Vocalist Ralph Lampkin, Jr. Passes At 66

Chicago-Area Jazz Publicist, Producer And Vocalist Ralph Lampkin, Jr. Passes At 66

This article by Carrie Maxwell was originally published on Windy City Times. Music producer, vocalist and business owner Ralph Lampkin, Jr. died June 24 of a heart attack. He was 66. Lampkin was born April 29, 1957, in New York City, where he lived with his parents Ralph Lampkin, Sr. and Betty Jane Lampkin and younger ...


Article: Book Excerpts

Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good

Read "Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good" reviewed by Con Chapman

The following is an excerpt from Chapter 2 “Stomp to Swing" and Chapter 3 “Bennie Moten and His Competitors" from Con Chapman's Kansas City Jazz: A Little Evil Will Do You Good (Equinox, 2023). Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart once wrote that he couldn't define pornography, but he knew it when he saw ...

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Matt Peterson

Matt Peterson is a multi award-winning composer and pianist from Seattle, WA.  He is an accompanist at the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, a piano and composition teacher at the Bellas Artes School of Music in Glen Ellyn, IL,, as well as an in-demand classical and jazz performer in the greater Chicago area.   He has taught class piano at Wheaton College and currently has a studio of 35 weekly private students.  He also records classical, jazz, and pop albums for Player Piano Premier.   He is the in-house pianist at Suzette's Creperie in Wheaton, playing every Saturday night from September to May.  

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Daniel Ellis Perez

Daniel Ellis Perez is a musical force to be reckoned with. Hailing from the vibrant city of Chicago, Perez is a multi-instrumentalist whose sound defies categorization, drawing from an eclectic range of musical styles to create something truly unique. Performing under the moniker My Lonely Bench, Perez's music is an ethereal and otherworldly experience, with haunting vocals and experimental instrumentation that creates a sense of tension and release.

Perez's musical talents extend beyond his solo work, as he also plays electric bass for the funk-fusion band Indigo Hall. Having graced the stages of some of Chicago's most iconic venues, such as the Beat Kitchen and Martyrs', Perez is a seasoned performer who knows how to captivate an audience.


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