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Quin Kirchner


Quinlan Kirchner (b. December 14, 1981) is a drummer, composer, improvisor & DJ from Chicago, Illinois. He first started his musical studies at the age of 10 at the famed Academy of Movement and Music of Oak Park and later at the Merit Music Program of Chicago. Learning from Chicago educator, Don Skoog, his studies soon grew to include the traditions of Afro-Cuban drumming, taking him to Havana, Cuba to study under acclaimed percussionists José Eládio, Omar Rojas & Don Poncho Terry. His early exposure to expressive arts and dedicated practice led him to earn a Basin Street Scholarship to the University of New Orleans, led by Ellis Marsalis, at the age of 18


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Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs

Read "Carla Bley Tribute, Bartók Jazz, Hot Sax LPs" reviewed by David Brown

This week includes jazz takes on Bela Bartók, a Set of Hot Sax and a look at Philly arranger Lee Lovett. The second half of the show will be dedicated to the compositions of Carla Bley who passed this week. Welcome friends and neighbors to The Jazz Continuum. Old, new, in, out... wherever the music takes ...


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Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works

Read "Jitterbug Waltz, Toshiko Akiyoshi and some electro/electro acoustic works" reviewed by David Brown

This week, we celebrate Fats Waller's tune “Jitterbug Waltz," recorded 81 years ago this week, with interpretations by Cécile McLorin Salvant, Eric Dolphy & Tyshawn Sorey; we'll also check out a set of works featuring pianist composer & arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi. Ikue Mori was in Philly this week so let's hear a solo from her+ some ...


Concentric Orbits

Label: Astral Spirits
Released: 2022
Track listing: Orbit 1; Orbit 2; Orbit (excerpt 1); Orbit 1 (excerpt 2); Orbit 1 (excerpt 3); Orbit 1 (excerpt 4); Orbit 2 (excerpt 1); Orbit 2 (excerpt 2); Orbit 2 (excerpt 3).


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The Space Station Jazz Program

Read "The Space Station Jazz Program" reviewed by David Brown

In a time before astronauts and cosmonauts explored the space beyond our planet, jazz musicians were already there. In the '50s reference to space in album titles, graphics and song titles equated the music with the modern. This is still true today as space is a place for exploration in jazz. This week, let's jump around ...


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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 ...


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Rob Clearfield and Quin Kirchner: Concentric Orbits

Read "Concentric Orbits" reviewed by Troy Dostert

Listeners familiar with the current Chicago jazz scene will need no introduction to pianist Rob Clearfield and drummer Quin Kirchner. Both have been intrinsic to others' projects over the years, such as Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms (Woolgathering, 2019) and Greg Ward's High Alert (Sugah Hoof, 2020), but their most prominent partnership to date is probably Kirchner's ...


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Matt Ulery's Delicate Charms: Live at the Green Mill

Read "Live at the Green Mill" reviewed by Troy Dostert

One of the central figures of Chicago's thriving jazz scene, bassist Matt Ulery has cultivated fruitful relationships with a core of compatriots who embody the grit and beauty of the music coming out of the Windy City. He maintains a host of projects, one of the foremost being Delicate Charms, a group that released its self-titled ...


Live at the Green Mill

Label: Woolgathering Records
Released: 2021
Track listing: We Are Just at the Limit; Oceans Away; The Arrival; Undertow; That Hideous Strength; Consumer of Time.


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Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd

Read "Fredrik Nordstrom, Jeff Albert & Charles Lloyd" reviewed by Maurice Hogue

There's much “hat-tipping in respect" by current musicians to their influences in this episode. Saxophonists Miguel Zenon, Charles Lloyd and Sweden's Fredrik Nordstrom are in an Ornette mood on their albums, while the Oles Brothers from Poland recognize the iconic Polish trumpeter Andrzej Przybielski on a recording of a rediscovered session. British avant-garde quartet featuring Paul ...


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