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Jazz drummer, beat scientist and bandleader Makaya McCraven keeps past music alive — but puts his own spin on it.

From the ninth grade on, REDWOOD and Ekep Nkwelle knew they were fated to find one another.

Focusing on themes of nostalgia, longing and homesickness in her lyrics, Blackford’s sound is rooted in jazz with touches of pop and R&B. Her July 16 single “Distance” was featured on Vocalo’s July 2021 In Rotation playlist.

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

Conversamos con el músico George Arthur Calendar acerca de las paradojas de las relaciones humanas que lo llevaron a crear ‘Paradox’ (Stereochip Records). Entre canciones y anécdotas, recorremos la trayectoria de este músico independiente de Chicago.

After making a name for himself as a guitar player, Michael Damani is setting off on his own with a conversation around our nation’s racial reckoning.

Chicago-based singer and activist Pradia Rhymes talks “Starz,” her musical beginnings, and manifesting inner peace.

The multi-instrumentalist composer and rapper has announced his self-titled sophomore album will be out Oct. 23 and feature plenty other of big Chicago names.

Fusing his signature style of Funk and Hip Hop, JAMS The Flava Child brings Chicago his latest bout of inspiration on his new album.

The New Zealand singer chats sticking to her Tongan roots, going global, and learning to be still.