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The best things to do in Chicago this month,
selected by our culture criticsJanuary 2016


Count Basie Orchestra
The Count Basie Orchestra Photo: Courtesy of the Count Basie Orchestra


1/1–2 at 8 and 10; 1/3 at 4, 8, and 10 Roy Hargrove Quintet. The trumpeter blurs the line between R&B and jazz, most recently by appearing on D’Angelo’s latest album, Black Messiah. $35–$50.
1/25 at 8 and 10 Bob Lark. Renowned as widely for being a mentor as for being a skilled flugelhornist (DownBeat magazine gave him a lifetime achievement award for jazz education in 2010), this DePaul professor toasts the music of Thad Jones with his Alumni Big Band, a group of 22 musicians culled from Lark’s two-decade career in jazz. $5–$10.
806 S. Plymouth. jazzshowcase.com


1/22 at 8 Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra. Wynton Marsalis’s 16-member jazz ensemble—the gold standard of modern big-band jazz—swings through Symphony Center for a night of golden-age classics peppered with nu-jazz flair. $48–$173.


1/23 at 8 Battle Royale. The late Count Basie’s ghost band joins the Marsalis-led ensemble for a 30-plus-player tribute to the music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. Expect a wall of Kansas City–style swing (and some Basie deep cuts, if you’re lucky). $40–$95.
220 S. Michigan. cso.org


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