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A few years back, Charlie Coffeen put together an ensemble to pay live tribute to one of his greatest influences – the legendary producer J. Dilla.

Summer is upon us. Random fireworks, cookouts and (hopefully) sun-drenched relaxation populate the too-short days and nights. And our fresh In Rotation tracks, selected by #TeamVocalo out of hundreds of artist submissions are ready to serve your personal soundtrack. Check out some of the cuts we’ll be spinning on air all month long on our playlist below — and don’t forget to add it to your library so you can stay up to date on handpicked new music, refreshed every month.

Chicago jazz outfit New Context discusses their writing processes, inspirations and the ways in which the galaxy of jazz is expanding.

This weekend, Chicago hosts two of its legendary DJ teams who pioneered what Spin magazine called the “boldest dance music on the planet,” in a one-night-only house party. In the 1980s, The Original Hot Mix 5 DJs (Farley Jackmaster Funk, Mickey Mixin Oliver, Ralphi Rockin Rosario, Kenny Jammin Jason), and in the 1990s the Original B96 Mixmasters (Julian Jumpin Perez, Bad Boy Bill, Frankie Hollywood Rodriguez, Tim Spinnin Schommer, Brian Hitmix Middleton) brought house music […]

Damon Locks has followed a path that’s enabled him to merge his studio practice, music making and teaching.

Vocalo’s Jill Hopkins checked out our May In Rotation playlist and chose some of her favorites.

NNAMDÏ will perform BRAT in full, the first full-band live stream NNAMDÏ will perform since its release one year ago…

Chicago born-and-bred NEZ is an artist and producer directly connected to some of the hottest stars in America’s hip-hop galaxy;
but he’s also busy generating his own house music flavored heat.

Bekoe looked through our April Poised To Break Through playlist, and shares some of his favorites.

Jill gives us her favorite tracks from our In Rotation playlist!