Folk, Country, World
11/8 at 9 Joe Pug. He’s been gathering steady attention for standing out among the singer-songwriter herd, clearly an adept student of folk-country icons like Dylan and Prine. $18.
11/21 at 9 Ivan & Alyosha. The Seattle duo have the rich, sweet vocal harmonies found in groups like Fleet Foxes. $14.
2424 N Lincoln. lincolnhallchicago.com.
11/5 at 8 The Paper Kites. The Australian folk-pop act layers dreamy vocal parts over acoustic instruments. $10.
11/12 at 8 Saintseneca. Even with its frequently modest arrangements, the Columbus, Ohio, band’s rhythms often turn frenetic, drawing listeners in. $10.
3159 N Southport. schubas.com.
11/1 at 8:30 Beats Antique. Blending Balkan, French, and Middle Eastern influences with a modern approach, this trio also takes cues from Gypsy jazz and hip-hop. $30. 3145 N Sheffield. victheatre.com.
Benny Goodman Festival
11/1–2 at 7:30 The clarinetist Victor Goines and others pay tribute to the Chicago-born King of Swing. $10–$30. Nichols Concert Hall, 1490 Chicago. musicinst.org.
Chicago Humanities Festival
11/3 at 5 Anthony Molinaro. The pianist and composer plays from his recently released CD Here, There and Everywhere: Arrangements and Improvisations on the Music of the Beatles.
11/8 at 7:30 Fat Babies. The Jazz Age revivalists and Tuesday night Green Mill regulars try to get a CHF crowd out of the auditorium seats and dancing in the aisles. $15–$20.
Francis W Parker School, 2233 N Clark. chicagohumanities.org.
11/24 at 2 Just months after a headlining appearance at the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Israeli clarinetist returns to the neighborhood with her quartet to focus on the merger of jazz tradition and global outlook most recently demonstrated on her appealing album Claroscuro. $35. Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E 60th. chicagopresents.uchicago.edu.
11/9 John Moulder Quintet. The fiery Chicago guitarist fronts a killer ensemble, featuring the brilliant Michigan pianist Bill Carrothers and the daring New York alto saxophonist Donny McCaslin.
11/29–30 Willie Pickens Quintet. The ageless local treasure proves once again how much thunder 88 keys can deliver. $12–$15.
Fri at 9, Sat at 8. 4802 N Broadway. greenmilljazz.com.
11/1–3 Marquis Hill Blacktet. The young Chicago trumpeter celebrates the release of his album The Poet with a long weekend in his home city’s finest room.
11/7–10 Donald Harrison. The veteran New Orleans saxophonist brought down the house on the last night of this year’s Chicago Jazz Festival at Millennium Park with a rollicking tribute to his hometown.
11/21–24 Mike Stern. The fusion-oriented guitarist and former Miles Davis sideman leads a trio.
11/28–30 Joey DeFrancesco Trio. The prolific Hammond B-3 bomber comes to town on the heels of his latest release, One for Rudy. $20–$45.
806 S Plymouth. Thu–Sat at 8 and 10; Sun at 4, 8, and 10. jazzshowcase.com.
Joshua Redman Quartet
11/22 at 8 The tenor saxophonist Redman comes to town with the wonderful pianist Aaron Goldberg and a strong rhythm section of Reuben Rogers on bass and Gregory Hutchinson on drums. An opening solo piano set from the AACM legend Muhal Richard Abrams seals the deal on one of the best shows on the fall jazz calendar. $28–$88. Symphony Center, 220 S Michigan. cso.org.
John Moulder: Soul And Spirit
11/8 at 7 The Jazz Institute of Chicago couldn’t have found a better candidate to navigate the place where jazz and the spirit intersect than Moulder, an accomplished guitarist and Roman Catholic priest. Austin Town Hall Park, 5610 W Lake. jazzinchicago.org.
11/23 at 7:30 The veteran singer and pianist enjoyed a long run with her Japan-meets-Chicago Jazz Me Blues at the late, lamented HotHouse; this recital welcomes her back to the neighborhood. $20. PianoForte Foundation, 1335 S Michigan. pianofortefoundation.org.
Umbrella Music Festival
11/6–10 The eighth annual installment of this international improvisational carnival steers away from its previous one-night-each tour of North Side free-jazz hot spots to consolidate instead at Constellation with a lineup that includes Bobby Bradford, Orrin Evans, Russ Johnson, Joe McPhee, and Mikolaj Trzaska. Free–$20. umbrellamusic.org.