It's Jazz Week!

In August 2013, I started to publish playlists based on a local radio show called Notes From The Jazz Underground. Since then, we've featured 13 playlists, which run the spectrum from theme sets celebrating particular styles or artists, to collections that simply spring forth from the mind of their creator: Chicago musician and radio programmer Paul Abella.

It's been a bit of a jazz education for me and served as a way to bust out any "fallback" listening habits I may have developed.  I've ended up learning so much about local artists, fusion and especially that lunatic fringe where jazz collides which rock, metal, punk, hip-hop, spoken word and just about anything else. I've also learned that while blogs can take a break every now and then, THE RADIO NEVER STOPS.

That said... I've fallen behind. To continue to do justice to this series and in the spirit of catching up, The Barn is dedicating this whole week to jazz.  We'll publish one or two NFTJU playlists per day, and sprinkle in a few more jazz-related posts, that span Chicago Jazz past, present and future, over the course of the week.

So keep it here all week. We'll update this post with links to all the material.


Ten Chicago Jazz Bands That Jam Fans Must See In 2014 (Guest Post)

Infographic: The Periodic Table of Jazz

The Best Jazz Venues In Chicago

Dead Is Jazz: The Grateful Dead's Best Jazz Collaborations


NFTJU Playlists

An All New Jazz Underground - Playlist from 11/15

A Key MMW Album Not On Spotify? - Playlist from 11/22

Barrier Breakers + Jimi / Jaco Tribute - Playlist from 11/29

Tomorrow Never Knows - Free Form Jazz Radio - Playlist from 12/6

Stream of Conciousness Jazz Underground - Playlist from 12/13

A Very Frank Zappa Jazz Underground - Playlist from 12/20

John Scofield Lives In The Jazz Underground - Playlist from 12/27

All-You-Can-Eat John McLaughlin In The Jazz Underground - Playlist from 1/3


More Live and Rare Jazz Streams & Downloads

Herbie Hancock with Jaco Pastorius @ Ivanhoe Theater, February 16, 1977

Sun Ra Arkestra @ Jazz Showcase, September 8th, 1974

Vandermark 5 @ Empty Bottle, March 7th, 2006

Keith Jarrett @ Symphony Hall, February 12, 2010


Previously on The Barn: Miles Davis @ Chicago Jazz Fest 1990


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