Residency at Gelbe Haus

Published March 01, 2018

Sister Cities Chicago Lucerne, Gelbes Haus, Luzern

During the month of March 2018, I have the exceptional opportunity to do a residency at the Gelbe Haus in Lucerne, Switzerland. The residency is sponsored by Sister Cities Lucerne-Chicago. I will work on new compositions and play some concerts.

The Yellow House is a "K├╝nstlerhaus" in Lucerne, Switzerland. It provides residences and studios for artists of all different fields such as 
Visual, Performing or Applied Arts. Built in 1925 on the periphery of Lucerne, the building has been a center of production and creation for a changing group of artists since 2005. The Yellow House pulsates as a network and important linchpin for art and culture in the region, and with its garden and splendid view, provides a nice place to gather and interact.

Now Is Podcast

Published January 26, 2017

I did an interview with Ben Remsen for the Now Is podcast. Check it out:

And for that matter, check out Now Is if you haven't, it's a fantastic, comprehensive listing of jazz and improvised music in Chicago.



Urge Trio tour 2017

Published January 09, 2017

Urge Trio, Veto Records, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Christoph Erb

For details on concerts, visit shows.

Doek Festival 2016

Published April 25, 2016

Heading to the Doek Festival in Amsterdam this week, for concerts with These Things Happen, Jason Roebke Octet, the Doekompose festival band, and more. Also appearing: Michael Moore Bigtet, Hyperactive Kid, Annette Krebs, Constellation 100, Marta Warelis, Jasper Stadhouders, Natural Information Society, and others. Hope to see you.


Round the Creep of the Wave Line closing concert

Published May 14, 2015

Round the creep of the wave line, Florasonic, Experimental Sound Studio, Lincoln Park Conservatory, Fern Room, Boris Hauf, Keefe Jackson


Round the creep of the wave line

Published January 08, 2015

A sound installation at Lincoln Park Conservatory, Chicago, created in collaboration with Boris Hauf. The composers considered the materials and elements in the Fern Room – soil, metal, glass, sunlight, humidity – in parallel to the materials and elements of the saxophones and clarinets they play – wood, metal, plastic and breath. Combining these with synthesized and sampled sounds, they developed a compositional process that allowed the piece to grow organically and unpredictably, much like the plants in the Fern Room. An attempt was made to bring the decisions (recording, editing, processing, assembling) forth by working together not through a traditional artistic collaborative effort or the type of teamwork espoused by workplace efficiency experts, but by following the trajectories of the creative and reductive impulses and organizing things with the least amount of 'intervention' possible, to imitate the process of the plants' growth. February 1st through May 31st, 2015. Curated by Lou Mallozzi at Experimental Sound Studio.

Urge Trio Europe Tour Fall 2014

Published September 30, 2014

Urge Trio, Veto Records, Keefe Jackson, Tomeka Reid, Christoph Erb

The URGE Trio (Christoph Erb, Tomeka Reid, Keefe Jackson) will be hitting the road again in October 2014. There are stops in Slovenia, Serbia, Hungary, Germany, Switzerland, and Norway. We'll be celebrating the release of our new CD Live in Toledo (Veto Records - Exchange). Hope to see you at one of the concerts.

2014 Chicago Jazz Festival videos

Published September 10, 2014

Keefe Jackson's Likely So at Chicago Cultural Center:





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