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

Music
Jazz

Chicago Yestet
Chicago Yestet Photo: Courtesy of Chicago Yestet

CHICAGO YESTET

6/10 at 8:30 This big band (touting 13 members and seven horns) invokes greats from John Coltrane to the Beatles. True improvisers, their original compositions offer ample space for each member to shine. $10. Constellation, 3111 N. Western. constellation-chicago.com

RYAN COHAN

6/1 at 8:30 Cohan premieres a new work with his jazz sextet, commissioned by Chamber Music America and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. Also included: performances with the Kontras String Quartet. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

HOUSE OF WATERS

6/15 at 8:30 Incorporating influences from Irish folk to Senegalese music, House of Waters succeeds in pushing the boundaries of what jazz can and should sound like in the 21st century. Free. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

YEMEN BLUES

6/2 at 7 With members from Tel Aviv, Uruguay, and New York City, Yemen Blues is as eclectic as its sound. Formed in 2010, the group continues to build a global audience fascinated by its enveloping mix of jazz, blues, and funk. $28–$30. Old Town School of Folk Music, 4544 N. Lincoln. oldtownschool.org

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