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Chris Greene Stories

Unconstrained: Chris Greene Embraces Boundary Issues

The Chris Greene Quartet uses an epigraph from Funkadelic in the liner notes of their latest album, Boundary Issues.  "Who says a jazz band can't play dance music?  Who says a rock band can't play funky?  Who says a funk band can't play rock?".Saxaphonist and bandleader Greene embraces the Funkadelic...

Ten Chicago Jazz Artists To See in 2014

Guest Post by Paul Abella. Paul is a musician, radio host, pundit and early supporter of The Barn Presents. As a jazz guy who actively embraces and celebrates jambands like Grateful Dead and Phish, and even champions jammers on our local scene, his sensibilities are a natural fit for the site. He offered to provide...

Some Mini Sets From The Jazz Underground

This installment of Notes From The Jazz Underground features the playlist based on the November 8th show.Paul divided this show up into mini sets, each with their own theme. Dive in to this playlist to explore modern jazz themes, guitar themes, an Ellington theme, a solo bass theme, and an electro theme, amongst others....

Marcinek, Hartswick, Kral and Friends Swap Solos @ The Abbey 12/5/13

It takes a bit of hard work, some bravery and the heart of a jazz guy to a wrangle a group of outstanding soloists into a single ensemble for a handful of performances. This weekend, Joe Marcinek brought in a couple of out-of-towners (though both with Chicago connections), Jen Hartswick and Allie Kral, to barnstorm...

Notes From The Jazz Underground Stays Close To Home

There's always a local component toNotes From The Jazz Underground, but this week's show stayed particularly close to home, featuring a ton of Chicago Jazz and and interview with sax player Frank Catalano.Frank spoke with host Paula Abella about his new project with Percy Jones (Brand X, Brian Eno, Soft Machine) and Jimmy Chamberlin (...