| Jul 4, 2014
| 8:55 PM
Paul Horn, a Grammy-winning alto saxophonist and flutist whose career reached from mainstream contemporary jazz to pioneering efforts in music that came to be known as New Age, has died. He was 84.
Horn died June 29 at his home in Vancouver, Canada,...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Downtown Sound music series is now a Monday night fixture during the summer at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, but it wasn't always so.
The city of Chicago had a hands-off policy toward rock music for generations, a phobia turned into...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop, has died, National Public Radio said on Wednesday. He was 85.
Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the Portuguese influence in the islands of Cape Verde, from where...
| Jul 11, 2014
For years — long before Millennium Park was created — readers wrote to me complaining about the Chicago Jazz Festival's dismal acoustics and environment in Grant Park.
And for years, city government (which produces the festival) and the...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The Playboy Jazz Festival requires stamina.
The crowd at the Hollywood Bowl never had more than a 30-second break from the moment the first band started at 3 p.m. Saturday until the last note echoed up the hill just before 11. The rotating stage...
| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander with saxophonist Oliver Lake, pianist Craig Taborn and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band will headline the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running Sept. 27-28 in several locations.
Following is the...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Mary Halvorson's guitar tone probably isn't for everyone. Using odd tuning, off-balance fretboard runs and a penchant for bending notes in such a way that half her instrument seems to be slipping out of focus, Halvorson doesn't sound like anyone's...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The town of Ojai, a place of wonder, is changing, as places of wonder do. It's become a little fancier, worldlier, but only a little. It's still unsullied Ojai, where the Pink Moment transforms dusk into a transient psychedelic experience.
| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:45 PM
Mali has musical heritage extending back centuries, and a vibrant contemporary music culture that bubbles up all over. There's American-inflected hip-hop. There's a grand tradition of Afro-Cuban dance music. Griots, also known as djelis, maintain a...
| Jul 4, 2014
| 7:07 AM
The past year has been transformational for Chicago singer Paul Marinaro, who – after a long period of struggle – suddenly found himself playing the city's best jazz rooms.
What happened? In essence, he shifted from relative obscurity to...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 8:23 AM
A few weeks ago, clubowner Katerina Carson made a major life decision that will affect jazz musicians and audiences across the Chicago area: She decided to close her widely admired nightspot, Katerina's, by the end of this month.
The move to "retire"...