FREE PERFORMANCE: Monday, Feb. 18, 2008, 9:00pm

CHICAGO: Corbett vs. Dempsey suggests that you boogie over to the Empty Bottle on Monday night to catch (((Powerhouse Sound))), the astonishing ensemble featuring saxophonist Ken Vandermark, guitarist Jeff Parker, bassist Nate McBride, and drummer John Herndon.

Doors open at 9PM, band plays at 10:30PM, DJ sets by Josh Abrams and Ben Fasman.

Empty Bottle:  1035 N. Western Ave.

It’s free of charge and is designed to launch Stop Smiling’s new jazz issue, which sports in-depth considerations of Eric Dolphy, Peter Brötzmann, and Mr. Vandermark, among others, and includes thoughtful pieces on jazz fashion, jazz album artwork, and which five records Mats Gustafsson will steal from John Corbett’s collection.

Corbett and Dempsey were guest editors on the issue.  They hope to see you there!

Swing low!



FREE LISTENING PARTY: Saturday, February 9, 2008, 11-4pm-closing reception and all-day organ marathon

CHICAGO: In celebration of the closing weekend of Philip Hanson‘s exhibition Organ Music, Corbett vs. Dempsey has planned a day-long adventure in organ sounds.  Consonant with Hanson’s vibrant, pulsing paintings and drawings, Corbett and Dempsey will spin organ records from their collections, from stately to saucy, from greasy to curried, from minimal to maximal, and all organic points between.

While you’re at CvsD, don’t forget to pick up a catalog for Organ Music.  And get ready for the following Friday, when James Garrett Faulkner’s new collages and Thomas H. Kapsalis’s recent paintings converge for the first time.  Catalogs are just in for that show, too.