If there's one group of people who know how to throw a jazz festival it's the . . . Israeli consulate to the midwest? Swallow your surprise and catch rising New York guitarist Gilad Hekselman at the Anshe Emet Synagogue.
Anchee Min discusses The Cooked Seed: A Memoir, her follow-up to the best-selling Red Azalea, at the Harold Washington Library Center. It's a story about coming to America after growing up in China during the Cultural Revolution. Happy Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
"Postfunk soul" is quite a self-description for JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's brand of simple, nostalgic blues-pop. Hear them earn it at the listening party at Saki for Howl, their new album on Bloodshot. WXRT's Marty Lennartz hosts a Q&A and Brooks spins a DJ set.
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