| Nov 30, 2012
| 8:50 AM
The Junior League of Chicago hosted its annual Martinis and Mistletoe kickoff party Nov. 16 for its 41st Gazebo Holiday Market. This festive evening at the Chicago Cultural Center offered a first look at a variety of holiday gifts, jewelry, home decor 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...
| Apr 9, 2013
| 10:02 AM
If Chicagoan James Falzone isn't the hardest working clarinet player in jazz, he's pretty close to it.
In addition to touring with his widely admired jazz quartet KLANG and exploring Arabic music through his Allos Musica Trio, Falzone composes choral...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Imagine what might happen if some of Chicago's most inventive jazz musicians embarked on a multi-year collaboration with their counterparts in France.
Just think of the music that might result, the insights that could be shared, the audiences that would...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 2:22 PM
When singer-pianist Diane Schuur headlined at the Jazz Showcase last week, she wasn't the most commanding player on stage.
At leat not whenever Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger stepped up to solo. Each time he brought the mouthpiece to his lips,...
| 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,"...