Leading a septet instead of one of his usual small groups, guitarist Tim Fitzgerald will get a chance to retool his standards and originals in fresh settings. As indicated by his band's name, taken from a classic Wes Montgomery album, Fitzgerald is a dedicated Wes man.
A native of Cincinnati, he will join with guitarist Dave Miller and drummer Mikel Avery to play tunes off his 2016 album, Pops. Named after Pops for Champagne, the club where they got their start, the trio specializes in covers of pop artists such as Prince, Stevie Wonder, the Pixies and Tom Waits.
Violinist Steve Gibons takes a fresh approach to traditional Romanian and Bulgarian music with his Gypsy Rhythm Project, thriving on the lilting melodies and rough hewn performance aspects of the Roma genre while taking it for a lively improvisational jazz spin.
Pianist and organist Reggie Thomas will team up this afternoon, as he frequently does, with his wife, sultry singer Mardra Thomas. Their four fine albums together include Matters of the Heart, the title of which tells you where they're coming from as artists.
A Georgia native who has called Chicago home since 1995 and whose credits include a stint with the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Rob Denty is not your typical improviser. His doubling on saxophones and synthesizer recalls the dual approach of the Chicago Underground Duo's Rob Mazurek, only his duo with Tim Mulvenna (a wide-ranging improviser heard with him on Duo Plus, Volume One) pro
Accompanied by the brilliant guitarist Bobby Broom, keyboardist Dan Trudell, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer George Fludas, Katz will make a strong case for Shearing's importance. The band, featuring Katz on vibes, will bask in Shearing's harmonic sophistication and innovative "full block" approach, which has the guitarist and vibraphonist double what the pianist is playing
A crowd-pleasing band that may well return one year to close out the festival with their high-energy sound, Brooklyn's Slavic Soul Party! brings to the party what it calls "fiery Balkan brass, throbbing funk grooves, Gypsy accordion wizardry and virtuoso jazz chops."
In 1965, on a break from the Miles Davis Quintet, drummer Tony Williams recorded Spring, his second album under his own name. Featuring the remarkable saxophone pairing of Wayne Shorter and Sam Rivers, this collection of original compositions was one of the most forward-looking recordings from that period. Inspired by it, Dana Hall, one of today's most gifted drummers, put toge
Plugged into a fiery post-Coltrane sound or pushing the envelope of jazz-rock fusion, McCaslin has knocked out fans and fellow musicians alike. "Donny is an amazing saxophone player – scary at times," raved fellow tenorist Jimmy Greene, responding to a track from McCaslin's 2015 album, Fast Future, in a recent DownBeat Blindfold Test.
Time was, the jazz landscape was populated by a wide assortment of Hammond organists, among them Jimmy Smith, Jimmy McGriff, Jack McDuff, Shirley Scott, Larry Young and John Patton. All of them are gone now, which makes appearances by one of their peers, Dr. Lonnie Smith, all the more treasurable. Named a 2017 NEA Jazz Master, the 75-year-old organist is at the top of his game,
As it has demonstrated with such presentations as Big Band Monk, its memorable 1986 reunion of musicians from Thelonious Monk's rare big band concerts at Town Hall and Carnegie Hall, the Chicago Jazz Festival has been devoted to keeping the memory of the genius pianist-composer alive. And no contemporary artist is more committed to Monk's legacy than Jason Moran, as witness "In
Jay Pritzker Pavillion
Preston Bradley Hall
Von Freeman Pavilion
Jazz and Heritage Stage
Roof Top Jazz: Young Jazz Lions (Harris Theater Rooftop Terrace)