Chicago Scene: February 5-10, 2017

Kahil El'Zabar at Chicago's Ethnic Heritage En...

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Sunday, February 5th 2017

9:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont ($10 suggested donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Darren Johnston, Russ Johnson, Mars Williams, Dave Rempis

Tuesday, February 7th 2017

9:00PM at Café Mustache, 2313 N Milwaukee, 773.877.3327 ($5 donation) (wheelchair-accessible)
Ratchet Series
Quin Kirchner Quintet with Nate Lepine, Jason Stein, Nick Broste, Matt Ulery

Thursday, February 9th 2017

9:00PM at Elastic, 3429 W Diversey, #208, 773.772.3616 ($10)
Darren Johnston, Tim Daisy

Friday, February 10th 2017

5:45PM at the Promontory, 5311 S Lake Park, 312.801.2100
fulcrumpoint New Music Project : The Black Composer Speaks: Exhortation!

7:30PM Concert — music by Tomeka Reid, Jessie Montgomery, Jeffrey Mumford, Alvin Singleton, Olly Wilson, Kahil El’Zabar and the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Easy Not Easy V
Nicolas Collins, Michael Zerang, Dave Rempis, Whitney Johnson, Rob Frye, Brian Sulpizio, Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Jenna Lyle, David Hall, Doug Kaplan

For more information, such as directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

http://now-is.org/, http://www.ratchetmusic.com, http://www.mcachicago.org, http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html, http://www.skylarkchicago.com, http://www.hideoutchicago.com, http://www.elasticrevolution.com, http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html, http://www.lampo.org, http://dalniente.com, http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago, http://www.emptybottle.com/

Cuneiform Records Winter Releases

English: Mike Johnson, composer/guitarist and ...

Source: Cuneiform Records.

The Microscopic Septet – Been up So Long It Looks Like down to Me: The Micros Play the Blues

The Ed Palermo Big Band – The Great Un-american Songbook: Volumes I &Amp; II

Chicago / London Underground – A Night Walking Through Mirrors

Thinking Plague – Hoping Against Hope

Cuneiform’s Winter 2017 releases include 3 jazz titles by The Microscopic Septet, The Ed Palermo Big Band, and Chicago / London Underground; and a rock album by Thinking Plague.

Our new albums by two long-standing and widely beloved NYC-based ensembles – The Microscopic Septet and The Ed Palermo Big Band – should appeal to popular audiences and jazz afficionados alike. A wide embrace is welcome antidote to polarized times. In Been Up So Long It Looks Like Down to Me, The Micros Play the Blues AND jazz, brewing both home-grown musics into an uplifting, surrealistically swinging and distinctly American potion: Great American Music from a city and country that remain Great. To celebrate this release, the Micros (co-led by co-composers Joel Forrester and Australia-based Phillip Johnston) will reunite in April 2017 for record release gigs in NYC (Smalls’ Jazz Club, 4/1+2/17) and at The Falcon in Beacon, NY (4/6/17).

In the double-disc release, The Great Un-American Songbook: Volumes I & II, the distinctly American Ed Palermo Big Band smiles broadly and takes a determined Anglophile stance. Palermo selected his favorite tunes from across several decades and styles of British pop and rock and playfully re-arranged them for his 18 piece jazz big band. EPBB will present record release parties at both NYC’ The Iridium (2/11/17) and The Falcon (2/13/17) that will undoubtedly be highly entertaining events.

Fans of experimental jazz and improv will welcome our release by Rob Mazurek’s new Chicago/London Underground, an Anglo-American augmentation of his longstanding Chicago Underground Duo with Chad Taylor, featuring British improvisors Alexander Hawkins and John Edwards. Called A Night Walking Through Mirrors, the album transcends genre, national and sonic borders; Mazurek’s visionary 21st century trans-global music serves as antidote and antithesis to a dystopian future with medieval walls.

Last but not least, our February 2017 releases include Thinking Plague, a Denver-based post-rock group led by composer Mike Johnson. Their music – sometimes described as avant progessive or Rock in Opposition – fuses rock and classical influences, instrumentation and vocals. Hoping Against Hope provides us with an example of how to survive 2017’s Strange New World, making poetry amidst poison: “The Great Leap Backward” laments a “rising tide of ignorance” and a time “When commerce swallows culture”.

Downtown Music Gallery Newsletter

avant-garde pianist Matthew Shipp

Source: Downtown Music Gallery.

Vinny Golia/Oliver Lake/Ross Hammond/Adam Lane! Ellery Eskelin/Christian Weber/Michael Griener! Jim Black New Quartet! Matthew Shipp Trio and John Butcher/Thomas Lehn/Matt Shipp! Ten Releases from Clean Feed: Mats Gustafsson & Craig Taborn! Daniel Levin QT!

Chris Pitsiokos QT! Lisa Mezzacappa Sextet! Angles 9! John McNeil/Jeremy Uden Hush Point III! Nico Letman-Burtinovic Split Cycle! Blaise Siwula & Luciano Troja! Sean Ali Solo Bass! George Lewis & Splitter Orchestra! John Tilbury/Christian Wolff!

Plus Historic/Archival Recordings from Marion Brown/Brandon Ross QT! Massacre! Ornette Coleman Complete Early Albums! Prince Lasha & Sonny Simmons! Sonny Stitt! Albert Ayler! George Russell! Jefferson Airplane and much more!

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The FREE DMG Weekly New Music In-Store Series Continues on Sundays with:

Sunday, February 5th:
6pm: GUILLERMO GREGORIO & ART BAILEY – Plus Fluxus Tapes
7pm: VORTKIP: NICO LETMAN-BURTINOVIC/ELIJAH SHIFFER/BRITT CIAMPA

Sunday, February 12th:
7pm: MICHAEL LYTLE / NICK DIDKOVSKY / MATT OSTROWSKI –
Bass Clarinet / Guitar / Synthesizer!

Sunday, February 19th:
6pm: NICK FRASER and INGRID LAUBROCK – Drums & Sax
7pm: MOOSEBUMPS: KARL NYBERG and ANTON JONSSON – Sax and Drums!

Sunday, February 26th:
6pm: AARON RUBINSTEIN/JONATHAN MILBERGER/MICHAEL LAROCCA
7pm: SEAN ALI – Solo Contrabass

Sunday, March 5th:
6pm: MUSIQUE LIBRE FEMMES QUARTET: CHERYL PYLE/JAMIE BAUM/ CLAIRE DALY/ CLAIRE de BRUNNER – 2 Flutes, Baritone Sax and Bassoon!

DMG is located at 13 Monroe St. (between Catherine & Market Sts) in a basement below a former Buddhist temple & beauty salon. Take the F train to East Broadway or the 6 train to Canal or the B or D to Grand, or the M-15 bus to Madison & Catherine. Come on Down, the Sunday Music Series is Always Free & the Vibes are Cosy

Jazzword Reviews

Canadian trumpeter Ingrid Jensen, North Sea Ja...

Source: Jazzword.

Label Profile
Trytone Records

Artist Feature
Ingrid Jensen

Nick Millevoi
Desertion
Shhpuma SHH024CD

In Print
Jazzing: New York City’s Unseen Scene
By Tom Greenland University of Illinois Press

Tony Marsh & Cheffa Alonso
Goodbye Red Rose (2008/9)
Emanem 5043

Kasper Tom/Rudi Mahall
One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure
Barefoot BFEC0 50 CD

Okkyung Lee/Christian Marclay
Amalgam
Northern Spy NS 082 CD

Upcoming Events at London’s Vortex Jazz Club

The Dalston Culture House now houses the Vorte...

Source: Vortex Jazz Club.

SAT 04 FEBRUARY 2017
BARRY GREEN TRIO
Recorded in Systems two studio, Brooklyn, “Almost There” finds London based pianist Barry Green with two Jazz greats, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. This album is a spontaneous performance of…

SUN 05 FEBRUARY 2017
DOWNSTAIRS: THELONIOUS
Hans Koller (Valve Trombone, Euphonium) Martin Speake (Alto Saxophone) Calum Gourlay (Bass) TBC (Drums) Taking inspiration from the Steve Lacy/Roswell Rudd School Days band from the early 1960s, Thelonious explore the…

SUN 05 FEBRUARY 2017
BARRY GREEN TRIO
Recorded in Systems two studio, Brooklyn, “Almost There” finds London based pianist Barry Green with two Jazz greats, Drew Gress and Tom Rainey. This album is a spontaneous performance of…

WED 08 FEBRUARY 2017
JOHN DIKEMAN / DIRK SERRIES / ANDREW LISLE / COLIN WEBSTER
This heavy-hitting quartet comprises four long-term sparring partners on the European improvised music scene. John Dikeman is an American tenor saxophonist now resident in Amsterdam and known for his trio…

SUN 12 FEBRUARY 2017
LIONEL LOUEKE / NICOLAS KUMMERT RAINBOW (2 NIGHTS) 1ST NIGHT W/ SPECIAL GUESTS ORPHY ROBINSON / JOHN EDWARDS / MARK SANDERS
Lionel Loueke is known as the renowned guitarist for many years with Herbie Hancock, with releases on the Blue Note label. This performance with Nicolas…

SUN 19 FEBRUARY 2017
MOPOMOSO
This month Mopomoso presents an all UK programme of small group interplay with seven highly regarded musicians The Paulinus trio – John Rangecroft (reeds) / Marcio Mattos (bass) / Dave…