Countless jazz legends have called Chicago home, and the city has incubated some of the music's most important movements, from the blossoming of expatriate New Orleanians like Louis Armstrong and Jelly Roll Morton in the '20s to the rise of Chicago's legendary Avant-Garde scene in the '60s. Swing kings Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa fell in love with their city's jazz at a young age, and bebop masters like Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin got their starts there too. Modern jazz legends Herbie Hancock and Jack DeJohnette also grew up in Chicago before making their marks on the jazz world.
"Regions: Chicago" highlights the work of these well-known musicians, but focuses even more on the unheralded local musicians still filling the city's streets with music every night. Windy citizens Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Bobby Broom, Corey Wilkes, Nicole Mitchell, Fareed Haque, Fred Anderson and Ken Vandermark all contribute to the playlist. Listeners will also be treated to lesser-known, but equally talented musicians like vocalist Dee Alexander, guitarist Kyle Asche, trumpeter Orbert Davis, pianist Ryan Cohan, bassist Larry Gray, and many, many more.
While New York remains the mecca of the Jazz world, the music is alive and well in Chicago. Aside from seeing it live, there's no better way to experience Chicago's thriving jazz scene than with AccuJazz.com's brand new "Regions: Chicago" channel. The channel is fourth in AccuJazz's Regions category, joining similar channels dedicated to music from New Orleans, New York, and Europe. It brings the total AccuJazz channel tally to 42, including such popular channels as "Piano Jazz," "Decade: 50s," "Straight Ahead," and "Jazz Fusion." As with all AccuJazz channels, listeners can customize their experience by pausing, skipping songs, and "deselecting" artists they would rather not hear.