CHICAGO READER: Geof Bradfield Takes Inspiration from Chicago Comedy Culture and French Composer Olivier Messiaen on his Latest Project

June 21, 2018Features, Reviews

Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader In his typical fashion, reedist, composer, and bandleader Geof Bradfield deployed a veritable notebook of conceptual conceits when writing and formulating his new album Yes, and . . . Music for Nine Improvisers (Delmark). The title refers to a comedic device famously devised by the iconic Chicago improv troupe the Compass Players to propel bits forward and … Read More

REVIEW: All About Jazz Includes Keri Johnsrud in “Seven Women 2018 – Part VI” Feature

June 18, 2018Features, Reviews

C. Michael Bailey, All About Jazz It would be hard to identify a more fitting musical talent whom to honor than Fred Rogers. Chicago-area vocalist Keri Johnsrud joins forces with a piano trio led by pianist Kevin Bales with the rhythm section of bassist and vocalist Billy Thornton and drummerMarlon Patton. The repertoire is all of Fred Rogers, who, for 35 … Read More