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Robert Glasper Trio

Wed., Dec. 19, 8 & 10 p.m., Thu., Dec. 20, 8 & 10 p.m. and Fri., Dec. 21, 8 & 10 p.m.
Jazz Showcase 806 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago South Loop


Jose Valdes Latin Jazz Trio

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


Alison Ruble & Jeremy Kahn

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


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

Pete Galanis Band with Marty Sammon

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Rosa's Lounge 3420 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Joe Barr, Joanna Connor

Tuesdays, 9:30 p.m.
Kingston Mines 2548 N. Halsted St., Chicago Lincoln Park


Merz Trio

Wed., Dec. 19, 12:15 p.m.
Preston Bradley Hall, Chicago Cultural Center 78 E. Washington St., Chicago Loop


Rob Parton Big Band

Wed., Dec. 19, 7 p.m.
FitzGerald's 6615 Roosevelt Rd., Berwyn Berwyn


Gold Route, Mayfield

Wed., Dec. 19, 7:30 p.m.
Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


Brian Kristmas, Ed Quartet, BS'n the Truth

Wed., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Martyrs' 3855 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago North Center


Chris Neville & Chris Siebold

Wed., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Wire 6815 W. Roosevelt, Berwyn Berwyn

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Brass

Wed., Dec. 19, 8 p.m.
Symphony Center 220 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago Loop

Michael Mulcahy, conductor (Holst, Williams, Tchaikovsky). 312-294-3000

Sean Green, Dogs at Large, Jungle Green

Wed., Dec. 19, 8:30 p.m.
Empty Bottle 1035 N. Western Ave., Chicago Ukrainian Village/East Village


Kendall Moore & Compass, Clif Wallace Quintet

Wed., Dec. 19, 8:30 p.m.
Constellation 3111 N. Western Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village

Frank Catalano & Jimmy Chamberlin

Wed., Dec. 19, 9 p.m.
Hungry Brain 2319 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago Roscoe Village



Wed., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m.
Whistler 2421 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Andy Ortmann, Catechism, Cell, Hish

Wed., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m.
Schubas 3159 N. Southport Ave., Chicago Lakeview


Wild Earp & the Free-For-Alls

Wed., Dec. 19, 9:30 p.m.
California Clipper 1002 N. California Ave., Chicago Humboldt Park


Kurt Elling & Marquis Hill

Dec. 19-20, 8 p.m.
City Winery 1200 W. Randolph St., Chicago Near West Side

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Lucas Montagnier & Cookin' Sherry

Thu., Dec. 20, 6 p.m.
Hideout 1354 W. Wabansia Ave., Chicago West Town/Noble Square


Pooky, Engine Summer, Rainbow James, Rabbit Folk

Thu., Dec. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Subterranean 2011 W. North Ave., Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown


Other Suns, Soft Speaker, Quasar Wut Wut

Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
Burlington 3425 W. Fullerton Ave., Chicago Logan Square


Rhett Miller, Trapper Schoepp

Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
SPACE 1245 Chicago Ave., Evanston Evanston

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Ray Volpe, Ubur

Thu., Dec. 20, 8 p.m.
Chop Shop 2033 W. North, Chicago Wicker Park/Bucktown

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