The wizardly Chicago jazz drummer and self-proclaimed “beat scientist” leads a topflight ensemble of some of the city’s premier players—Marquis Hill, Jeff Parker, Junius Paul, Greg Ward and Brandee Younger—in a sociopolitical-themed multimedia program, “In These Times.”
(Old Town School of Folk Music)
The North Carolina quartet beguilingly meanders between alt-folk, alt-country and rock; but with a sound this infectious, who cares about nailing them down?
For forty years, Forbert struggled to emerge beyond cult celebrity. Since 2017, a tribute album, memoir and new album (his eighteenth) have put the singer-songwriter front and center.
The British singer-songwriter, whose debut album “Walk Through Fire” dropped last year, has the kind of voice that resonates in your tailbone—and writes lyrics that resonate in your head.
The Malaysian singer-songwriter, whose pop-inflected recordings are lavishly produced, comes to town for an acoustic set that promises to place the emphasis on her gorgeously evocative voice.
Robert Rodi is an author, spoken-word performer and musician who has served as Newcity’s Music Editor since 2014. He’s written more than a dozen books, including the travel memoir “Seven Seasons In Siena.” His jazz quintet recently completed a two-year residency at Uncommon Ground, and he regularly hosts a jazz singers’ jam at Lizard’s Liquid Lounge. His literary and music criticism has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, Salon, The Huffington Post and many other national and regional publications.