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Tuesday, September 12th

Sometimes a simple melody can be more than enough.

Frank Lacy and 10³²K (FL, trombone; Kevin Ray, bass; Andrew Drury,  percussion), “I’ll Be Right Here Waiting” (S. McCall), live, Troy, N.Y., 2016

 

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from the mist
stinging insects
emerge

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Saturday, September 2nd

more

They’re playing tonight.

BassDrumBone (Mark Helias, bass; Gerry Hemingway, drums; Ray Anderson, trombone), “Kinda Garnerish” (R. Anderson), live, New York, 2015

 

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though a poor-soiled
province . . .
such fireflies

—Kobayashi Issa, 1763-1827 (translated from Japanese by David G. Lanoue)

Friday, September 1st

this weekend in Chicago

They’re playing, tomorrow afternoon, at the Chicago Jazz Festival.

Mary Halvorson Octet, “Away with You (No. 55),” live, New York, 2017

 

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The rain is less an atmospheric condition at this point than a kind of state of being, like mourning, that can’t be forgotten unless you’re asleep.

—Matt Pearce, “On the road in Texas, where all the roads look like rivers,” Los Angeles Times, 8/29/17

Thursday, August 17th

what’s new

Matt Wilson’s Honey and Salt (music inspired by the poetry of Carl Sandburg), 8/25/17

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Portrait Head of Martinique Woman with Kerchief, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Wednesday, August 16th

like nobody else

Henry Threadgill (alto saxophone, composition; MCOTD Hall of Fame) & Make a Move, live, Italy (Perugia), 1996

 

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art beat: yesterday, Art Institute of Chicago

Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), Vase in the Form of Leda and the Swan, 1887-1888 (Gauguin: Artist as Alchemist, through September 10th)

Saturday, August 5th

sounds of Chicago

Solstice Drum Quartet (l-r: Michael Zerang, Mike Reed, Hamid Drake [MCOTD Hall of Fame], Avreeayl Ra) & Guests (Mars Williams, Nick Mazzarella, saxophones; Dan Phillips, guitar; Tatsu Aoki, bass), live, Chicago, 2016

 

Friday, July 28th

tonight in Chicago

He’s playing at Constellation.

George Freeman (guitar), “Birth Sign,” 1972

 

Thursday, July 27th

voices I miss

Some musicians suck up oxygen; others increase the available supply.

Jaki Byard (piano, 1922-1999), live, Berlin, 1965

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Bullfinch on camellia branch, early 1830s

Wednesday, July 26th

voices I miss

Ed Blackwell (drums, 1929-1992) with Mal Waldron (piano), Charles Rouse (tenor saxophone, flute), Woody Shaw (trumpet, flugelhorn), Reggie Workman (bass), live (“The Git Go,” “All Alone,” “Fire Waltz”), New York (Village Vanguard), 1985

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Irises at Horikiri, 1857

Tuesday, July 25th

voices I miss

Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone, 1934-2004), “Wasted” (S. Lacy), live, Paris, 1982

 

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art beat: other day, Art Institute of Chicago

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797-1858), Yatsumi Bridge, 1856

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