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The Best Folk, World Music, and Jazz Shows in Chicago This October

The Bad Plus, Herbie Hancock, and a full lineup of greatness at Space make next month a hot one for concerts in Chicago.

Photo: Dan Thuy/The BAd Plus
 

The Bad Plus interprets Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on October 25 at Logan Center for the Arts.


Folk, Country, World

FITZGERALD’S
10/2 at 8 Matuto. One of Chicago’s own fusion pioneers, this Afro-Brazilian ensemble specializes in upbeat and uplifting vocals. $15.
10/16 at 8:30 Pete Anderson. A musical partner of the country singer Dwight Yoakam for 20 years, Anderson has a guitar-playing style that is sharp and alluring. $15.
6615 Roosevelt. fitzgeraldsnightclub.com.
 

OLD TOWN SCHOOL OF FOLK MUSIC
10/5 at 7 and 10 Sam Bush. The bluegrass pioneer demonstrates his highly touted mandolin and fiddle skills. $28.
10/12 at 7, 10/13 at 3 Arlo Guthrie. A reliable tour-horse, Woody Guthrie’s son performs his memorable singles with the same goofy wit he’s had since the late ’60s. $65. 4544 N Lincoln.
10/26 at 8 Terakaft. The Malian group’s steady Afro rhythms and clean electric tones lay the foundation for harmonious chanting and wiry guitar work. $22.
4545 N Lincoln. oldtownschool.org.
 

SCHUBAS
10/4 at 10 Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion. The other Guthrie relative in town (she’s Woody’s granddaughter) and her husband play a semi-nostalgic form of folk pop. $15.
10/6 at 8 Deadstring Brothers. The Detroit band still plays authentic country music with a rock-band twist. $12.
3159 N Southport. schubas.com.
 

Jazz

THE BAD PLUS Critic’s Pick
10/25 at 7:30 The decade-old “power piano trio” tackles the riot music of a century ago with its unique interpretation of Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring. $35. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th. chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.
 

KURT ELLING
10/19 at 7:30 The former Chicagoan returns home with yet another best male vocalist title from DownBeat magazine’s critic’s poll, and he’s still going strong, supported by the success of last year’s release, 1619 Broadway: The Brill Building Project. $32–$47. Dominican U, 7900 W Division, River Forest. events.dom.edu.
 

GREEN MILL
10/4–5 Gypsy Jazz Fest.
10/11–12 Laurence Hobgood Quintet. The pianist and composer behind so many memorable arrangements for the singer Kurt Elling returns to Uptown to lead his own group, featuring the veteran sax man Ernie Watts.
10/25–26 Sheila Jordan. The ageless Detroit-born singer makes her annual appearance at the club. $12–$15. Friday at 9, Saturday at 8.
4802 N Broadway. greenmilljazz.com.
 

HERBIE HANCOCK
10/11 at 8 The last time the Chicago native came to town, he was funneling his keyboard musings through a phalanx of electronics in an only occasionally successful attempt to function as a one-man band. Not every road the pianist wanders ends in perfection, but he’ll never stop seeking out those new routes. $38–$135. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org.
 

NEXTGENJAZZ Free!
10/3, 10, 17 at 7 The talented young saxophonist Rajiv Halim is the latest up-and-comer to get an opportunity to lead his band in a plush downtown room for a month of Thursdays. Drake Hotel, 140 E Walton. jazzinchicago.org.
 

REMEMBERING JODIE CHRISTIAN Free!
10/11 at 7 The pianist Miguel de la Cerna pays homage to the late Chicago keyboard man, long regarded as a stylistic chameleon for his ability to bring something special to almost any jazz setting. Jazz Institute of Chicago, 410 S Michigan. jazzinchicago.org.
 

SPACE Critic’s Pick
10/1 at 7 and 9:30
Prism. The legendary bassist Dave Holland marks the 40th anniversary of his debut recording.
10/4 at 7 and 9:30 New Gary Burton Quartet. At 70, the vibraphone master shows no signs of easing up, playing alongside bassist Scott Colley, guitarist Julian Lage, and drummer Antonio Sanchez.
10/6 at 6 and 8:30 John Pizzarelli. The singer and guitarist leads a quartet.
10/22 at 7 and 9:30 Mehliana. Brad Mehldau bypasses his customary piano trio format for a Fender Rhodes and synthesizer with the percussionist Marc Giuliana. $22–$50.
1245 Chicago, Evanston. evanstonspace.com.
 

TIM BERNE’S SNAKE OIL
10/19 at 9:30 The innovative New York alto saxophonist brings to town the chamber group heard on his 2012 recording Snakeoil. Featuring Oscar Noriega on clarinets, Matt Mitchell on piano, and Ches Smith on drums and percussion. $10–$15. Constellation, 3111 N Western. constellation-chicago.com.

 

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