Notes from the Jazz Underground

Series produced by WDCB

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Notes from the Jazz Underground is where Jazz gets a little weirder, a little louder, and a little more on the edge.

Notes from the Jazz Underground is produced by Paul Abella at WDCB in Chicago. A show that focuses on the fringes of Jazz, Notes From the Jazz Underground is where you'll hear avant-garde Jazz, Fusion, Modern Jazz and Jazz that's outside the mainstream.


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195 Pieces

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This week is all about the long jams...from Herbie Hancock, Miles Davis and even Umphrey's McGee. Lots of long-form fun is on the way!

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  • Added: Sep 28, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we celebrate Ramsey Lewis and listen to new music from The Bad Plus, too!

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  • Added: Sep 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we jam to some modern day fusion from Joshua Redman, Christian McBride, The Aristocrats and more!

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we explore some free jazz classics...the roots of the jazz underground, with music from Ornette Coleman, Jackie McLean, Fred Anderson an...

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  • Added: Sep 08, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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This week, we pay tribute to two artists that we lost last week, Jaimie Branch and Joey DeFrancesco.

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2022
  • Length: 58:10
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this week, we'll hear some new music, and we'll hear some of the all-stars of the underground as well!

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2022
  • Length: 57:57
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a bunch of new music from Jeff Coffin, Al Foster, Theo Croker and more!

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we check out some of the young folks mulling around the underground, like Domi & JD, My Tree, James Brandon Lewis and more!

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  • Added: Aug 10, 2022
  • Length: 58:02
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the title says it all - an hour spent appreciating the sounds and improvisations of Jerry Garcia. More Jazz next week, I promise.

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  • Added: Aug 02, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we head off to the west coast to hang out with Kamasi Washington, Jazz is Dead and Jeff Parker, hear the Joe Locke/Geoff Keezer band liv...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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Mary Halvorson just released two new albums, Amaryllis and Belladonna, and we here at Notes from the Jazz Underground are here for it!

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  • Added: Jul 19, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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Fusion old and new from Return to Forever, Donny McCaslin, Wayne Shorter, Roy Hargrove and more!

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  • Added: Jul 12, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, let's groove with Irakere, Phish and the Benevento/Russo Duo!

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we're listening to some not so weird music from John Scofield and James Carter, and some supremely weird music from Anthony Braxton and ...

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  • Added: Jun 29, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we'll hear the rhythm sections of Fugazi and The Rollins Band playing Jazz, along with two from Kenny Garrett, a jam from Gary Bartz and...

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, two weird sets, one live and one in the studio, with new music from the Chris Greene Quartet and Brad Mehldau!

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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New music, old music, in between music, and more!

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we listen to some new music, and the old music that sounds kinda just like it, with jams from George Duke, Bill Frisell, John Scofield, ...

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  • Added: Jun 01, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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A look at the electrified Miles Davis, from Filles de Kilimanjaro to Doo Bop with a few stops in between.

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  • Added: May 25, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we're doing some Astral Traveling with Pharoah Sanders, we'll get nice and mellow with Eddie Harris, and we'll check out some new-ish st...

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  • Added: May 18, 2022
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 4