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Friday, August 5, 2022

From the husk of the old Morton Salt factory, a new music venue rises by Hannah Edgar

For as long as Bruce Finkelman can remember, the Morton Salt factory has set his heart racing. It’s not that he gets salt cravings any worse than the next guy. Rather, he remembers that wh…

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Monday, August 1, 2022

Back Alley Jazz renews a south-side tradition by Hannah Edgar

In 2018, Back Alley Jazz, an offshoot of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, thrummed the heartstrings of nostalgic south-siders when it resuscitated the popular neighborhood-alley jams that took p…

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Moor Mother’s Jazz Codes needs little decoding by Hannah Edgar

Camae Ayewa, aka Moor Mother, has always been one to cite her sources. In addition to performing as a member of Philly-based free-jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements, the contralto wo…

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Sunday, June 19, 2022

Review: Haymarket Opera’s fun ‘L’Amant anonyme’ makes history, with a wink by Hannah Edgar

Joseph Bologne, the son of a Senegalese woman and her French enslaver, was nothing short of a Parisian celebrity in his time. This is his only surviving opera, and it's great fun.

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Monday, June 13, 2022

With the spiritual jazz of I AM, Isaiah Collier and Michael Shekwoaga Ode go Beyond the cosmos by Hannah Edgar

Saxophonist Isaiah Collier and his celebrated quartet, the Chosen Few, are among our city’s mightiest conduits of spiritual jazz. So when Collier and Chosen Few percussionist Michael Shekw…

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Makaya McCraven doubly decodes Blue Note classics with Deciphering the Message live shows by Hannah Edgar

Drummer Makaya McCraven has always been a bit of a rabble-rouser. He mixes audio from his live gigs with studio overdubs in intricately layered tracks that feel like jazz approached with a D…

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Monday, May 16, 2022

Elastic Arts’ AfriClassical Futures series continues with the Honourable Elizabeth A. Baker by Hannah Edgar

Since January 2020, vocalist Julian Otis and Elastic Arts executive director Adam Zanolini have programmed AfriClassical Futures, a series offering an antidote to the overwhelming whiteness …

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

The remarkable life of Art Castillo and Moulin Jimmy’s by Hannah Edgar

Tacked to the wall of a beloved Hyde Park dive, a time capsule hides in plain sight. "Looking for someone?"…

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