Best Things to Do in October in Chicago
POCKET GUIDE: A cultural shortlist for October, in order of buzz
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ESPERANZA SPALDING, AMBROSE AKINMUSIRE
Who’s the next Esperanza Spalding (pictured)? Ambrose Akinmusire. Hear the future of jazz when both play Chicago gigs within days of each other: Akinmusire at the College of DuPage and Spalding at Symphony Center.
10/2 Fall’s booking coup belongs to the College of DuPage for snagging the Chicago debut of the meteoric trumpeter Akinmusire, the Jazz Journalists Association and DownBeat critics’ pick for rising star jazz artist and a year-end best-of-list shoo-in for 2011’s When the Heart Emerges Glistening. Here Akinmusire and Co put their stamp on a familiar period of the Miles canon. Simply a must-hear. At 7. $28–$38. McAninch Arts Center, 425 Fawell, Glen Ellyn. atthemac.org.
10/7 Rarely has so much positive ink been spilled on the future of jazz than when Spalding, the dynamic bassist and singer, nabbed the trophy for best new artist at last year’s Grammys. So far, her body of work justifies the hype. At 8. $20–$70. 220 S Michigan. cso.org.
Photograph: Sandrine Lee