With venues closed around the country and musicians stuck at home, this year's Music 45, our annual celebration of sound-makers in Chicago, arrives at a particularly trying moment. But our local music community is nothing if not resilient, as best exemplified by our Musician of the Moment Toronzo Cannon, bluesman, busdriver and an ideal encapsulation of everything that makes Chicago a world class music town. This issue also makes space for responses to racial injustice, police brutality and white supremacy, featuring work by Scoop Jackson, avery r. young, Edra Soto and many more. Also included: Red Clay Dance teams with health professionals, confronting racial bias in classical music, (re)visiting public art in lockdown and much more.
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