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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160 Pieces

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this week, we take a look back at the roots of the Jazz Underground, with music from Lennie Tristano, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Thelonious Mon...

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  • Added: Sep 07, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we've got a little something for everybody, with new music from Brandee Younger, Terence Blanchard and Kick the Cat, a classic from Alic...

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  • Added: Sep 01, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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a handful of different approaches to modern jazz, from the electric avant-garde of Craig Taborn's Junk Magic to the new sounds of Julian Lage, Joe ...

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  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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repeat from 2019. A celebration of Ginger Baker's life and music, just in time for Ginger's birthday this week.

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  • Added: Aug 17, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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one from the archives featuring some ripping modern fusion from Kick the Cat and Snarky Puppy, and a set of Jazz meets India meets electronica coll...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we celebrate the Fat Man himself during what Deadheads call "The Days Between." We'll listen to a couple of Jerry's solo projects, the G...

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  • Added: Aug 03, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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This week, some new music from Brandee Younger and Jeff Parker, a new archival release from Miles Davis, and some great jams The New Mastersounds a...

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  • Added: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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Jazz Fusion, Prog-Rock style with King Crimson, Rush, Umphrey's McGee and more!

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  • Added: Jul 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:10
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this week, we're taking a look at modern day fusion coming out of Chicago. Jazz mixed with rock, Peruvian music, House, Hip-Hop and more!

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  • Added: Jul 14, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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a blast from the past from 2019 with Wayne Krantz, Kamasi Washington and more!

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2021
  • Length: 58:11
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This week, the Jam guys play something akin to Jazz. We'll hear from Jeff Beck, Trey Anastasio, Umphrey's McGee, Santana and more!

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  • Added: Jun 22, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, a love letter to my wife, a love letter to Chicago, and jams from Steven Bernstein and Alex Skolnick, too!

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  • Added: Jun 15, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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some classic fusion, some horn driven funk and some new stuff, too.

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  • Added: Jun 08, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we celebrate the avant-garde legacy of Chicago's Delmark Records, and its founder, Bob Koester, who passed away on May 12, 2021.

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  • Added: May 31, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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celebrating Miles Davis' birthday this week with a re-broadcast of a fun episode from 2019 looking at post - 1969 Miles and a few of the artists th...

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  • Added: May 24, 2021
  • Length: 58:10
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this week, a mix of brand new music and some jams from Soulive, Tortoise, Sonic Youth and Donny McCaslin, too.

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  • Added: May 19, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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some funky Jazz and Jazzy rock from Joshua Redman, Donald Byrd, Dave Douglas, Rush, and more!

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  • Added: May 11, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, it's a mish-mash of some great new releases from Junk Magic, Behn Gillece, Dylan Hayes and Cameron Graves, alongside some older stuff fr...

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  • Added: May 04, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we'll hear music from Santana, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Sepultura, Troker, Brownout and more!

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  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
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this week, we'll listen to a bunch of great music from Bob James, Medeski, Martin and Wood, The Messthetics and more.

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2021
  • Length: 58:00
  • Purchases: 3