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Jose Valdes Latin Jazz Trio

Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Green Dolphin Street 2200 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago DePaul


773-395-0066

Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Drake Hotel 140 E. Walton Pl., Chicago Gold Coast/Mag Mile/Streeterville


312-787-2200

Fat Babies

Tuesdays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


With few exceptions, those practicing the sort of traditional jazz popularized in New Orleans and Chicago during the 20s and early 30s essentially believe and traffic in museum-grade preservation. They play for audiences living in time-travel fantasies, preferring to ignore the music made over the last 80 years as they seek Charleston partners. The members of Chicago’s Fat Babies might perform in shirtsleeves and neckties and meticulously record interpretations of the trad-jazz repertoire in glorious mono, but they also play music of other eras—whether it’s drummer Alex Hall working in the Flat Five or bassist Beau Sample storming through Jazz Manouche with Alfonso Ponticelli. The Fat Babies perform with such a vitality—never jacking up the pitch-perfect rhythm or playing postmodern games—that I don’t even see what they do as an act of reclamation. The ebullient polyphony and drive on their third album, Solid Gassuh (Delmark), is pure pleasure, a riot of motion and multilinear melody as banjoist Jake Sanders flails propulsive chords alongside the Baby Dodds-inspired rhythmic spill of Hall and Sample’s unerring pulse-and-harmony anchor. That leaves plenty of space for the raucous yet lyric playing of pianist Paul Asaro, reedists Jonathan Doyle and John Otto, trombonist Dave Bock, and cornetist Andy Schumm. While the occasional white-bread vocal might suggest a hokey costume party, there’s little to disrupt the spell these guys cast their long-running weekly residencies. 773-878-5552

Sun Ra Arkestra

Thu., Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium Art Institute of Chicago, 280 S. Columbus Dr., Chicago Other Central

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312-294-3000

Tim Daisy's Metamatic Percussion

Thu., Oct. 18, 9 p.m.
Elastic 3429 W. Diversey Ave, Chicago Avondale


773-772-3616

Max Abstrax, Nate Lepine Trio

Thu., Oct. 18, 9 p.m.
California Clipper 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago Humboldt Park


773-384-2547

Herbsaint Band

Thu., Oct. 18, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

Pat Martino Trio

Thu., Oct. 18, 8 & 10 p.m., Fri., Oct. 19, 8 & 10 p.m., Sat., Oct. 20, 8 & 10 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 21, 4 & 8 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago South Loop


312-360-0234

Jeannie Tanner Trio

Thursdays, 7 p.m.
Marie's Pizza & Liquors 4127-29 W. Lawrence Ave., Chicago Other North


773-725-1812

Alan Gresik's Swing Shift Orchestra

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Kendall Kelly Lewis Trio

Thursdays, 9 p.m.
The Joynt 650 N. Dearborn St., Chicago River North


312-573-2233

Eric Schneider Quartet

Fri., Oct. 19, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 20, 7:30 & 9:30 p.m.
Winter's Jazz Club 465 N. McClurg Court, Chicago River North

Matt Ulery's Sifting Stars Ensemble

Fri., Oct. 19, 9 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 20, 8 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Rajiv Halim Quintet

Fri., Oct. 19, 9:30 p.m. and Sat., Oct. 20, 9:30 p.m.
Andy's Jazz Club 11 E. Hubbard Street, Chicago River North

Green Mill Quartet

Fridays, 1:30 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Agnes Shawn Jazz Quartet

Fridays, 9 p.m.
Ethiopian Diamond 6120 N. Broadway, Chicago Edgewater


773-338-6100

Jazz Party with Sabertooth

Saturdays, 12 a.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Rich Lichtenstein

Saturdays, 6:30-10:30 p.m.
Edgewater Beach Cafe 5545 N. Sheridan Rd., Chicago Edgewater


773-275-4141

Stirrup, Keiran Daly & Jason Roebke

Sun., Oct. 21, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


773-709-1401

ChicoMaloTrio

Sundays, 4 p.m.
Edgewater Lounge 5600 N. Ashland Ave., Chicago Edgewater


773-878-3343

jazz improv session

Sundays, 5 p.m.
Cafe Mestizo 1646 W. 18th St., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-421-5920

Fat Babies

Sundays, 8 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S. Racine, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


With few exceptions, those practicing the sort of traditional jazz popularized in New Orleans and Chicago during the 20s and early 30s essentially believe and traffic in museum-grade preservation. They play for audiences living in time-travel fantasies, preferring to ignore the music made over the last 80 years as they seek Charleston partners. The members of Chicago’s Fat Babies might perform in shirtsleeves and neckties and meticulously record interpretations of the trad-jazz repertoire in glorious mono, but they also play music of other eras—whether it’s drummer Alex Hall working in the Flat Five or bassist Beau Sample storming through Jazz Manouche with Alfonso Ponticelli. The Fat Babies perform with such a vitality—never jacking up the pitch-perfect rhythm or playing postmodern games—that I don’t even see what they do as an act of reclamation. The ebullient polyphony and drive on their third album, Solid Gassuh (Delmark), is pure pleasure, a riot of motion and multilinear melody as banjoist Jake Sanders flails propulsive chords alongside the Baby Dodds-inspired rhythmic spill of Hall and Sample’s unerring pulse-and-harmony anchor. That leaves plenty of space for the raucous yet lyric playing of pianist Paul Asaro, reedists Jonathan Doyle and John Otto, trombonist Dave Bock, and cornetist Andy Schumm. While the occasional white-bread vocal might suggest a hokey costume party, there’s little to disrupt the spell these guys cast their long-running weekly residencies. 312-226-7427

Nicholas Barron

Sundays, 10 PM
The Motel Bar 600 W. Chicago Ave., Chicago River West


312-822-2900

Kimberly Gordon Organ Trio

Sundays, 11 p.m.
Green Mill 4802 N. Broadway St., Chicago Uptown


773-878-5552

Extraordinary Popular Delusions

Mondays, 8:30 p.m.
Beat Kitchen 2100 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village


In one evening they might touch on rip-snorting fire music, spacy electronics, or delicate, arrhythmic timbral explorations—half the fun is seeing them disappear down a stylistic rabbit hole, then come out the other end sounding like something from a different genre, decade, or planet. —Bill Meyer, 2012 773-281-4444