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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

Northside Southpaws

Fridays, 7 p.m.
Honky Tonk BBQ 1800 S. Racine, Chicago Pilsen/Little Village


312-226-7427

Marcus King Band, Bishop Gunn

Wed., Sept. 26, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Madeleine Peyroux

Sun., Sept. 30, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Poi Dog Pondering

Oct. 5-6, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Oh Sees, Timmy's Organism

Fri., Oct. 12, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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Whitey Morgan

Sat., Oct. 13, 9 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Moe.

Oct. 18-20, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Tyler Childers

Sun., Oct. 21, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Public Image Ltd.

Mon., Oct. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Milk Carton Kids, Barr Brothers

Tue., Oct. 23, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Pond

Thu., Oct. 25, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Jonathan Richman

Sat., Oct. 27, 9 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Yaeji

Sat., Oct. 27, 11 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Yaeji

Sun., Oct. 28, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Of Montreal and Locate S

Tue., Oct. 30, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Shannon & the Clams, Escape-ism

Wed., Oct. 31, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Ty Segall, William Tyler

Fri., Nov. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Toro y Moi

Tue., Nov. 6, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Tennis

Wed., Nov. 7, 8 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851

Wild Nothing

Fri., Nov. 9, 8:30 p.m.
Thalia Hall 1807 S. Allport Ave., Chicago Pilsen/Little Village

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312-526-3851