“I was intrigued by the music’s texture [sound], by the technical virtuosity and facility of the young musicians playing it, engaged by their youthful exuberance  in executing it, constantly surprised by the new directions these talented players pushed the music, amused by their audaciousness in combining meter and melody in unexpected ways [Dave Brubeck would have loved these guys], amazed by the music’s humor and its poignancy [let alone some of its complicated song titles]”

JazzProfiles Editorial Staff


Heisenberg Uncertainty Players (HUP) is a 17-piece Chicago-area big band, playing only original compositions and arrangements from the members of the group.  Formed in 2011, the band has been featured around the Chicago area in venues like Martyrs’, Fitzgerald’s Nightclub, The Logan Center for the Arts, and WGN-TV.  They have arranged a wide variety of music, ranging from jazz standards and showtunes to versions of songs by Radiohead, Arcade Fire, 50 Cent, and other pop/rock artists.

With help from generous supporters, HUP produced its debut album, Emergency Postcards.  The album features seven original works, with elements of funk, latin jazz, hip-hop, Classical, and swing.  EP is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby; physical CDs can be purchased through paypal.  The group has maintained a monthly residency at Phyllis’ Musical Inn in Chicago’s Wicker Park since 2013.

Read more about the album through our album notes or JazzProfile’s full review.