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Katie Ernst

Katie Ernst is described by the Chicago Tribune as "a versatile young bassist who plays in far-flung bands and sings with uncommon delicacy and authenticity." She is co-leader of the adventurous Chicago-based jazz trio Twin Talk, folk-jazz duo Wayfaring, indie rock band Edith Judith, and has received widespread critical acclaim for her Dorothy Parker poetry song cycle Little Words, which premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.


Article: Album Review

Devouring the Guilt: Not to Want to Say

Read "Not to Want to Say" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Insouciance is not the correct word to describe Not To Want To Say by the trio Devouring The Guilt. The music is not “cool" or '"ndifferent" as much as it has an equanimity or a casualness not commonly found in free improvisation. This release, which follows the trio's eponymous debut (Amalgam, 2017) and Prison Planet (Kettle ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Katie Ernst: Bass Notes and Murder Ballads

Read "Katie Ernst: Bass Notes and Murder Ballads" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines On bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst. In addition to many other things, Katie is one half of the duo, with last week's guest James Falzone. Katie is also co-leader of the jny: Chicago-based jazz trio Twin Talk, and the indie rock band Edith Judith, and has garnered much acclaim for ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

James Falzone: Joyful Noise from the Pain Stick

Read "James Falzone: Joyful Noise from the Pain Stick" reviewed by Lawrence Peryer

Today, the Spotlight shines on clarinetist, penny whistle player, composer, improviser, and educator James Falzone. This discussion was recorded back in early March of 2024. I reached out to James shortly after seeing him perform with the bassist and vocalist Katie Ernst in their duo Wayfaring. I was initially hoping to record them together ...


Kind Regards

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2022
Track listing: I Hope You Have a Good Phone Call Today; Emigraste; Walkin; Libertad; If I Learned Today; Anamnesis; When I Leave You; Madrugada Nebulosa; Wednesday Can’t Come Fast Enough; Amanece.


Article: Album Review

Gustavo Cortinas: Kind Regards

Read "Kind Regards" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian

Drummer Gustavo Cortinas' previous album was cinematic in scale, and he has followed it with the more intimate yet equally enchanting Kind Regards (Saludos Afectuosos). Leading a quintet of young, intrepid, Chicago musicians, Cortinas interpretes ten of his own songs that explore themes of social justice, love, and life in general. “When I Leave ...


Article: Album Review

George Freeman: Everybody Say Yeah!

Read "Everybody Say Yeah!" reviewed by Mark Corroto

It took a long time (much too long) for listeners to recognize the brilliance that was Chicago saxophonist Fred Anderson. The New York-centric jazz cognoscenti have often overlooked talent that comes from Chicago, and artists were often drawn to The Big Apple to seek the recognition they deserved. Beginning in the '90s, though, the focal point ...


The Twelve Grooves of Christmas

Label: One Too Tree
Released: 2021
Track listing: Mister Santa, Jingle Bells, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, O Little Town, Mack the Halls, Gesu Bambino, You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch, Silver Bells, O’Schwingenbaum, What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve? Silent Night, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, The Twelve Grooves of Christmas.


Article: Album Review

The Pete Ellman Big Band: The Twelve Grooves of Christmas

Read "The Twelve Grooves of Christmas" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

As we enter the Holidays, the airwaves and digital streams flow with seasonal fare of all types of genres. And, once we ring in the New Year, said music heads back into hibernation until the next Thanksgiving and December roll around. The Pete Ellman Big Band's The Twelve Grooves of Christmas is such a fine recording ...


Article: Live Review

Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017

Read "Hyde Park Jazz Festival 2017" reviewed by Mark Corroto

Hyde Park Jazz Festival Chicago, IL September 23-24, 2017 Even though the 11th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival is on the books and the music is no longer audible, the spirit of the weekend endures. What has become an annual rite and celebration of music, culture, and maybe above, all ...




Reza Khan


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