Millennial Era Jazz: Pianist Alexis Lombre hopes to return the jazz club to a dance hall

By Thaddeus Tukes After first-year adjustments, most college sophomores are ready to immerse themselves. 20-year-old pianist Alexis Lombre has been doing just that. A Chicago native and full-time music student at the University of Michigan, Lombre says her first year left her feeling isolated and targeted, due to racist, sexist, and heteropatriarchal statements that were […]

Millennial Era Jazz: Marquis Hill

Marquis Hill holding his new trumpet.

By Thaddeus Tukes [A version of the story was co-published on Blavity.] Jazz is the essence of black culture, yet for years, black musicians have felt it being taken away by the rapaciousness of commerce and profit. The newest emerging voice in reclaiming jazz hails from the South Side of Chicago, which gave birth and […]

Chicago street musicians convert “non- believers”

By Yingxu Jane Hao & Satvika Khera M alik Cohran has performed in Chicago his whole life. He is the son of legendary Chicago jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran, who is best known for his trumpet performances in the Sun Ra Arkestra in the early ‘60s. “I’m a person who loves music. I’m fortunate enough […]