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Keefe Jackson

Keefe Jackson is a saxophonist/clarinettist/composer. He arrived in Chicago in 2001 from his native Fayetteville, Arkansas. He has performed with many musicians, including Tim Daisy, Dave Rempis, Jeb Bishop, Jason Roebke, Guillermo Gregorio, Jim Baker, Brian Dibblee, Jason Adasiewicz, Mike Reed, Todd Munnik, James Falzone, Ernst Karel, Jason Stein, Nori Tanaka, Matt Schneider, Jason Ajemian, Tatsuya Nakatani, Josh Berman, Aram Shelton, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Anton Hatwich, Frank Rosaly, Nick Broste, Paul Hartsaw, Karl Seigfried, Kevin Davis, and Swiss musicians Marc Unternährer, Thomas Mejer, and many others

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

I Heart The Jazz With Strings Genre + Porgy & Bess

Read "I Heart The Jazz With Strings Genre + Porgy & Bess" reviewed by David Brown


I heart the jazz with strings genre. Tonight, the most bizarre of these records, the great Johnny Hodges with Lawrence Welk's Orchestra. We then check our coats at the famed Chicago supper club Mr. Kelly's for some vocals from Sarah Vaughan and Anita O'Day. Then, after a set of new releases including Chicago's Natural Information Society ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Red Microphone, Nicolas Politzer, Trevor Dunn & Surya Botofasina

Read "The Red Microphone, Nicolas Politzer, Trevor Dunn & Surya Botofasina" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


This episode of One Man's Jazz has bookends of much contrast, from the opening set of music featuring trumpeter Jaimie Branch to the closing pair of tunes locked in the transcendental mode of Alice Coltrane from one of her disciples, Surya Botofasina. In between, there's some great stuff highlighted by new releases from the poetry and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mary Halvorson, Josh Sinton, Pat Thomas & The Big Room

Read "Mary Halvorson, Josh Sinton, Pat Thomas & The Big Room" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Guitarist Mary Halvorson's new double album marks her debut for Nonesuch. You'll hear a sample from em>Amaryllis and Belladonna. You'll also get a taste of Slovenian guitarist Samo Salamon's terrific new recording Pure And Simple with the great Arild Andersen and Rakalam Bob Moses. Other new trio sets come from baritone saxophonist Josh Sinton and the ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter

Read "Time Spiral: George Russell, Tyshawn Sorey, Yu Nishiyama, Daniel Carter" reviewed by David Brown


This week, extended works featuring George Russell's “Time Spiral," Anthony Davis “A Suite for Monk," David Murray and Randy Weston perform “Blue Moses." New releases from Tyshawn Sorey Trio, Yu Nishiyma, Tim Berne's Bloodcount, Daniel Carter, and much more. Playlist Thelonious Monk “Esistrophy (Theme)" from Live at the It Club-Complete (Columbia) 00:30 Keefe Jackson, ...

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Article: Festivals Talking

Moers Festival Interviews: Tomeka Reid

Read "Moers Festival Interviews: Tomeka Reid" reviewed by Martin Longley


The Moers Festival has been operating its Improviser In Residence initiative since 2008, inviting artists every year to dwell in a designated house on Klein Allee, very close to this German city's expansive Schlosspark. The 'Residence' part of the title is quite extreme, as each successive musician is given the keys for a full year's inhabitation, ...

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Article: Album Review

Mars Williams: An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC

Read "An Ayler Xmas Vol. 4: Chicago vs. NYC" reviewed by Mark Corroto


For more than a decade, Mars Williams has been making (to borrow a phrase) Christmas music great again. He does so by exchanging the saccharine for the sublime, intersecting holiday classics with the music of Albert Ayler. Born out of his Chicago Ayler repertory band which can be heard on Witches And Devils At The Empty ...

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Article: Interview

Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song

Read "Steve Dawson: Finding the Secret of a Song" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It might be that singer/songwriter Steve Dawson was born in California and raised in Idaho, but he has become a son of the city he calls home: jny: Chicago. He is teaching at the acclaimed Old Town School of Folk Music and while preparing others for a life in music, he has also followed his own ...

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Article: Album Review

Nature Work: Nature Work

Read "Nature Work" reviewed by Mark Corroto


Jason Stein and Greg Ward are two stalwart Chicago musicians who continually stretch boundaries and search for new experiences. Stein, a devotee of the bass clarinet, maintains two trios, Hearts & Minds (with Paul Giallorenzo and Chad Taylor) and Locksmith Isador (with Jason Roebke and Mike Pride), plus his quartet with Joshua Abrams, Keefe Jackson, and ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mick Rossi, Le Rex, & Emile Parisien

Read "Mick Rossi, Le Rex, & Emile Parisien" reviewed by Maurice Hogue


Creativity must be recognized, particularly the kind endures. The AACM (Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians) continues this day, just as it did over 50 years ago, inspiring, pushing forward, and setting the standard for creative music. Only the players change. The premier performing group of the AACM today is the AACM Great Black Music ...


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