| 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...
| May 1, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and saxophonists Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Heath and Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 29...
| May 15, 2013
| 8:59 AM
Camerata Chicago is the best local chamber orchestra you've probably never heard of.
But pay heed: The group is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season, is about to release a new recording and is preparing for its first European tour next month....
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.
Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
| May 20, 2013
| 10:44 AM
A good sign: The CTA learned its lesson from past projects and updated much of the signage for the southern Red Line reconstruction project, making it easier for riders to commute on Monday, the first weekday of the five-month initiative.
| May 21, 2013
| 1:46 PM
What does Israeli jazz sound like?
It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective.
The music of this cosmopolitan culture, in other words, proves as stylistically wide-ranging as you might hope of a Middle...
| May 22, 2013
| 3:22 PM
There's nothing new in Chicago about theater in small spaces — that's a crucial part of the city's aesthetic. If you glance at my recommended shows, you'll see several pieces staged in theaters with fewer than 100 seats, including "Rabbit,"...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:25 PM
That annual buffet of words called Printer's Row Lit Fest — I will always prefer its original name, Printers Row Book Fair — takes place Saturday and Sunday, with more than 250 authors spread across 200-some talks, performances, conversations,...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 9:34 AM
Thanksgiving is as late as it can be, and Hanukkah is earlier than usual this year, but the holiday shows always arrive right on schedule. From warmhearted theatrical classics to spicy newcomers, ballet to tap, traditional music to pop, we have enough...
| Apr 5, 2014
Writing letters since: 1977
Life story in 100 words or less: Grew up in Chicago Heights with two brothers, two sisters and his parents. Parents owned a mom-and-pop grocery store, where the whole family worked. Completed seminary school in...
| Mar 26, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Trumpeter Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane and singer Cecile McLorin Salvant will be among the featured performers at the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 28-31 in Millennium Park and the Chicago Cultural Center. The complete...