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Nicholas Payton Trio at the Jazz Showcase 4/30-5/3 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 26 April 2015

Nicholas Payton © Andrea Canter

Multi-instrumentalist and Trumpet Master, Nicholas Payton,was hailed as a virtuoso before he was even out of high school.  He is credited on over 120 recordings as a composer, arranger, special guest or sideman. Nicholas Payton will appear on trumpet and keyboards with his trio at the Jazz Showcase in Chicago on Thurday, April 30th through Sunday, May 3rd. His trio also includes bassist Vincente Archer and drummer Bill Stewart.
Gerald Cleaver's Black Host Tours Midwest 4/22-25 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 19 April 2015
Gerald Cleaver © Andrea Canter

Black Host, a New York quintet nominally led by in-demand drummer Gerald Cleaver, is an improvising ensemble prepared to do just that. Cleaver is joined here by pianist Cooper-Moore, alto saxophonist Darius Jones, bassist Pascal Niggenkemper and guitarist Brandon Seabrook on a program of eight original compositions that blend modern jazz, free music, psych, post-punk and electrified noise with painstaking detail and heady abandon.  Black Host the midwest starting in Gerald Cleaver’s homw town, Detroit, MI at Trinosopes on Wednsay, April 22;   Krannert Art Museum in  Champagne, IL on Thursday, April 23rd;  Constellation in Chicago, IL on Friday, April 24th, and The Stage at KDHX in Saint Louis, MO on Saturday, April 25th.

The David Berkman Quartet at the Green Mill 4/17-18 PDF Print
Written by Ronaldo Oregano   
Sunday, 12 April 2015


David Berkman © Andrea Canter

“Mr. Berkman is on the extremely smart end of the post-1960s mainstream...spinning off new dialects from a... traditional language play(ing) with moderate aggression, swinging hard in his phrasing, he always burrows in, finding transcendence.” - Ben Ratliff, New York Times

Brilliant jazz pianist and composer David Berkman has been dazzling serious jazz fans for a few decades now. He brings his current working ensemble, the David Berkman Quartet featuring saxophonist Dayna Stephens, bassist Linda May Han Oh, and drummer Johnathan Blake to the Green Mill in Chicago on Friday, April 17th and Saturday. April 18th. Catch this stellar group if you can, you with not be disappointed.

Monty Alexander performs with the Chicago Jazz Orchestra 4/11 PDF Print
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Sunday, 05 April 2015

Monty Alexander © Andrea Canter

In a career spanning five decades, pianist Monty Alexander has built a reputation exploring and bridging the worlds of American jazz, popular song, and the music of his native Jamaica, finding in each a sincere spirit of musical expression.  Making his first trip to Chicago in almost three years Monty Alexander brings his own special brand of American jazz performing with the 17-piece Chicago Jazz Orchestra.  This concert will take place in the Feinberg Theater at Venue Six10 located in the Spertus Institute (610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago) on Saturday, April 11th at 7:30pm. Cost: $30 - $40, For tickets visit:

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