Chicago lures home jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop

On Monday, August 1, jazz trombonist Jeb Bishop will return to Chicago after a ten-year absence. Bishop and his wife traveled to North Carolina in the spring of 2012 (Carrboro and later Durham) and then in early 2016 to Boston. While living in Boston, Bishop built a new creative community that included at least one old Windy City friend: bassist Nate McBride, fellow Chicago quartet The Engines, joined him in a Boston-based quintet. called Cutout with saxophonist Jorrit Dijkstra, pianist Pandelis Karayorgis and drummer Luther Gray. Other like-minded musicians Bishop found in New England included trumpeter Forbes Graham, bassist Brittany Karlson and violinist Abigale Reisman, but he struggled with a lack of places to play and the cost of music. prohibitive life. When Bishop’s wife got a new job that she could work remotely, the couple decided to move. “Chicago is much more affordable in our situation,” says Bishop. “We both have ties to Chicago, so it made sense.”

Jeb Bishop recorded this album with Boston band Cutout in January 2019.

Bishop already has a few gigs in the works in Chicago: At the end of October, for example, his quartet with vocalist Jaap Blonk, drummer Weasel Walter and bassist Damon Smith will reunite at The Hungry Brain for their first gig since the pandemic began. . But Bishop knows he can’t just pick up where he left off. “It won’t be like I never left, and I don’t want that to be,” he says. “You can’t back down like that. Chicago is not the same. I am no longer the same. He’s looking forward to revisiting some old comforts, like biking along Lake Michigan. “I lived there for 20 years,” he says. “Chicago is way more of a home to me than pretty much anywhere else.”

Jeb Bishop’s quartet with Jaap Blonk, Weasel Walter and Damon Smith performs the Hungry Brain in October.

In the roughly three years since Blake Karlson started local record label Chicago Research unleashing a barrage of remarkable postpunk, electronic and industrial music, he’s created an intertwined artist collective that includes members of the bands Civic Center , Bruised and Product KF and notable solo artists such as Ariel Motto (aka Club Music and Death Valley) and Dalibor Cruz. From the start, Chicago Research has maintained its productivity and aesthetic integrity – and while the label is winding down operations later this summer, it holds to those standards until the end. Karlson says CR’s final release will be the debut album by local duo Conjunto Primitivo, Die and Reborn, which he describes as a mix of “reggaeton, cumbia and postpunk/industrial music”. The album is released on Friday August 12 and Conjunto Primitivo headlines the empty bottle that night. Fortunately, Karlson will continue to share his skills as an expert curator by running a vinyl-focused record store, Signal Records, which he opened last week in the former Bric-a-Brac space at 3156 W. Diversey. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. and by appointment on Mondays and Tuesdays.

Conjunto Primitivo celebrates the release of Die and Reborn to the empty bottle on August 12.

Noah Leger’s warm personality and incredibly solid, snappy drums (like Disappears, Facs, Electric Hawk and Anatomy of Habit) have endeared him to countless local rock fans for years. On Monday, July 18, Léger had a motorcycle accident while riding on a race track to celebrate his birthday. He suffered serious injuries to his left leg and friends set up a GoFundMe to help pay his bills (medical and otherwise) throughout his rehabilitation, since he won’t be able to work for much of it.


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