| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
When Vijay Iyer performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2001, there was no mistaking the grandeur of his pianism, nor its harmonic originality.
Since then, Iyer has developed into a singular voice in jazz, his solo playing by turns galvanic and...
| Sep 19, 2013
| 8:55 PM
Disappears: Masters of the dark, deep, trace-inducing guitar swirl, the quartet will debut tracks from its fourth studio album, “Era” (Kranky). Didn’t think it would be possible, but on “Era” the band sounds more cavernous...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Back in 2000, Chicago saxophonist-bandleader Ernest Dawkins had a dream: to launch a jazz festival in one of the city's tougher neighborhoods, Englewood.
Starting Thursday, the Englewood Jazz Festival will swing into its 14th year and, better yet,...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 10:22 AM
The 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago opened with a thunderbolt Thursday night at Millennium Park, thanks to the apparently inexhaustible energies of 76-year-old Latin jazz pianist Eddie Palmieri and his Salsa Orchestra.
Playing music that pulsed...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Sep 26, 2012
| 7:24 AM
If you were building a Chris Ware, if you were constructing the most celebrated cartoonist of the past couple of decades, drawing up the plans for an Oak Park illustrator so routinely referred to as a genius that the accolade is more like fact than...
| May 5, 2011
| 5:33 AM
For two decades you've known Richard M. Daley as mayor and boss of Chicago. As a columnist, I've been his chief critic. But there are a few things you probably don't know about the mayor and me.
I used to like him very much. And he knows it. Once he...
| Oct 24, 2011
| 9:17 PM
“Flying Saucers Rock ‘n’ Roll”: If you know that’s the title of the rockabilly classic by Billy Lee Riley you’ll likely enjoy the new book of the same name by Jake Austen. The Rocktober magazine editor and “Chic-...
| Nov 16, 2011
| 12:59 PM
Steppenwolf Theatre said Wednesday that the actress Julianna Margulies will be the guest of honor of its annual Women in the Arts fundraising luncheon.
The star of "The Good Wife" (a CBS drama set, but not filmed, in Chicago) will be interviewed by...
| Oct 13, 2011
| 9:26 PM
“Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace”: That’s the title of a new book by Downbeat associate editor (and Tribune contributor) Aaron Cohen. Focusing on Franklin’s landmark 1972 gospel album, the book is a jumping off point for...
| Nov 5, 2012
| 11:45 AM
No opera company faces a more formidable task than commissioning a new opera, assembling the forces needed to bring it to fruition and nursing it through the long and sometimes painful process leading up to the premiere. But such undertakings are vital if...