August 23, 2012
Fascinating music constantly bubbles up from the caldron that is Chicago jazz, the latest example coming from the horn and pen of Josh Berman.
The very fact that he plays cornet, an instrument largely relegated to the history books, and collaborates with some of the most adventurous musical thinkers in the city tells you a great deal about Berman's obsessions: He's inexorably drawn to the past while simultaneously driven toward the future.
Those two impulses course through his newest recording, the tremendously appealing "There Now" (Delmark Records), in which Berman partners with such musical free thinkers as trombonist Jeb Bishop, vibist Jason Adasiewicz, bassist Joshua Abrams, drummer Frank Rosaly and reedists Guillermo Gregorio, Jason Stein and Keefe Jackson.
Read the full Josh Berman interview
Josh Berman & His Gang: 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Old Town School of Folk Music's Szold Music & Dance Hall, 4545 N. Lincoln Ave.; $15; 773-728-6000 or oldtownschool.org