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Julian Kirshner

Julian Kirshner/Nikolaj Klemens duo  — Audio for the Arts — Friday, July 22, 2022 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 7/11/2022

The duo of tenor saxophone and drums is a classic free improv pairing, but the music and sounds each group makes are guaranteed to go in an infinite number of singular directions. That will certainly be the case at Audio for the Arts on July 22nd when Chicago meets Switzerland in the form of the Julian Kirshner/"Nikolaj Klemins" (aka Sebi) duo.

 

 


Michael Hudson-Casanova

Michael Hudson-Casanova

Michael Hudson-Casanova TrioCafe Coda — Saturday, July 2, 2022 — 7 PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 06/10/2022

After a few years cultivating his craft in Michigan and Philadelphia, Michael Hudson-Casanova has established himself in Chicago with a new trio featuring Erik Skov on guitar, and Gustavo Coriñas on drums. Dance, another art form that has special significance for this alto saxophonist, will feature prominently on the trio’s Madison date.

 


Andy Milne

Andy Milne and UnisonCafe Coda — Saturday, June 25, 2022 — 7 and 9 PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 02/29/2020

Andy Milne’s outstanding career spans a wide breadth from collaborating among the elite of North American creative music, to being an accomplished film scorer and educator. I originally spoke with Andy in early 2020 in advance of his tour for his then newly released trio album The reMission. That canceled tour has been rescheduled, now two years later, but much has happened with the trio Andy Milne and Unison in that time. Most notably the album won a Juno award in 2021 for Jazz Album of the Year in the Group category.

Although two years have passed, much of our conversation is still relevant and brimming with insight into the world of Andy Milne.

A note about the audio for this episode: This interview was recorded as a reference to be transcribed during the period when the Showbiz Roundup was a blog. As such, the fidelity is not as high as we’ve come to expect from this program, and contains a small amount of background noise.

 


Jakob Heinemann

Jakob Heinemann

Keefe Jackson, Jakob Heinemann, Adam SheadThe North Street Cabaret — Friday, June 10, 2022 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 05/23/2022

I spoke with the other members of the Jackson-Heinemann-Shead trio, Keefe Jackson and Adam Shead recently for other projects, so I thought I’d give bassist Jakob Heinemann his due on this program. A Madison native now living and working in Chicago, Jakob joins me to talk about his history and his burgeoning career.

 


Birth

Birth

Birth with Outside the Sphere — Cafe Coda — Sunday, June 5, 2022 — 7 PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 05/09/2022

Josh Smith, Jeremy Bleich, and Joe Tomino came together as the band Birth in Cleveland in 1998 with a shared mission that launched them into a world of meaningful and rewarding musical experiences. After a number of years they parted onto different paths. But they’re back now wiser, stronger, tested, and keen to bring their evolved sound to receptive ears.

 


Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht

Paul Hecht QuartetGarver Feed Mill Patio — Saturday, May 28, 2022 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 05/20/2022

Pianist Paul Hecht—who divides his time between Chicago and Eau Claire—joins me to talk about an exciting new chapter in his musical life, his delight in exploring some new music with accomplished Chicago-based collaborators, and some personal insights into the Eau Claire Jazz scene.

 


Paul Dietrich

Paul Dietrich

Paul Dietrich Jazz EnsembleThe Bur Oak — Sunday, May 15, 2022 — 7PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 04/29/2022

It would be a challenge to run an 18-piece jazz ensemble that plays non-traditional big band music anywhere, but the fact that Paul Dietrich does it in Wisconsin, and attracts the caliber of musicians that he does—and let’s face it, no one’s getting rich off of this—is a testament to his leadership, his composing and arranging prowess, and the individuality of his musical vision.

 


KAH

Kimmel-Ali-Harris Trio

Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali, Bill Harris  — Audio for the Arts — Saturday, May 14, 2022 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 4/22/2022

Jeff Kimmel, Ishmael Ali, and Bill Harris commandeered an air b’n’b in the wilds of Michigan during the height of the pandemic in 2020 to record their latest release “Vivary.” The record is an abstract electro-acousitc tour-de-force, and a fitting document of this period of experimental existence.

 


Darren Johnston playing trumpet

Darren Johnston

Darren JohnstonCafe Coda — Saturday, May 7, 2022 — 8 PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 04/22/2022

Darren Johnston’s pandemic routine included lots of practicing the trumpet and composing. As things opened up he recorded three sessions of his music with different groups in New York and Chicago. The first of these albums “Life in Time” has now been released and will be showcased in Madison with his quartet of Chicago heavies.

For those keeping track: The name of the bassist Darren couldn’t remember is Joelle Leandre.

 


Ballister

BallisterThe North Street Cabaret — Saturday, April 23, 2022 — 8PM

By Michael Brenneis

Interview date: 04/07/2022

Ballister is a trio of muscular disquisitive improvisors, whose palette is equal parts bombast, and subtle nuance. After thirteen years together and ten album releases, including this year’s Chrysopoeia, they’re still going strong.