| Feb 19, 2015
| 7:21 AM
Why are two bona fide jazz legends – 88-year-old saxophonist Jimmy Heath and 87-year-old bandleader Bill Holman – playing the western suburb of Elmhurst this weekend?
For the same reason that trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, drummer Louie Bellson,...
| Jan 26, 2015
| 11:23 AM
Glenbrook South High School became an official home of jazz music this weekend as more than 70 junior and high school bands from across the Chicago area visited the Glenview campus Saturday.
With four rooms featuring live music at any one time and a...
| Feb 10, 2015
| 7:48 AM
No event in Orchestra Hall's jazz season generates greater anticipation or larger audiences than a residency by Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
And none of this year's three concerts, starting Friday, will make a bigger...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 1:31 PM
Randy Brecker came up through New York's and Philadelphia's 1970s jazz-fusion scene as a relentless explorer of funk, rock and Brazilian jazz, recording with the likes of Aerosmith, Lou Reed and Frank Sinatra. But it was his years playing trumpet for late...
| Jan 7, 2015
| 1:09 PM
Winter is, or ought to be, museum season. Outdoor activities do not beckon, or ought not to, especially here in the flatland. And everyone in the house is, or ought to be, stir-crazy. Our area's museums have responded by planning shows on subjects ranging...
| Jan 2, 2015
| 7:41 AM
A very hot winter in jazz:
Eddie Palmieri Latin Jazz Band; Carlos Henriquez Quintet: Symphony Center's jazz season continues with a high-powered double-bill featuring the Palmieri's septet and a quintet led by bassist Henriquez, best known for his...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Damien Chazelle braced himself for disaster.
It was opening night at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and Chazelle's movie "Whiplash" was about to have its premiere in front of a packed house in Park City, Utah. Just six years out of college, Chazelle...
| Jan 16, 2015
| 8:59 AM
On "Crossing Paths," pianist Dariusz Terefenko teams with saxophonist and West Hartford native Alexa Tarantino for an evocative, occasionally noir-ish set of standards and originals, visiting a range of moods and shadings each player thoroughly seems to...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 6:15 AM
The piano trio format — acoustic piano, double bass and drums — has been a part of jazz for decades.
Bill Evans' modest output from 1959-61 with bassist Scott LaFaro and drummer Paul Motian, spanning only two studio recordings and a pair...
| Jan 20, 2015
| 10:19 AM
Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis was rehearsing with students in Havana last month when a translator tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to stop everything.
The translator then told the room that Cuban President Raul Castro had just been on TV to...
| Jan 19, 2015
| 10:30 AM
The weather outside is frightful, but local stages are heating up for the second halves of their season.
Everyone from legendary acts like Natalie Cole to up-and-comers like comedian Mike Birbiglia will be in the area this winter and spring, and you&...