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  • 50th anniversary of AACM celebrated at DuSable Museum

    50th anniversary of AACM celebrated at DuSable Museum
    Jazz was in trouble.
  • Celebrating the joyous music of Antonio Carlos Jobim

    Celebrating the joyous music of Antonio Carlos Jobim
    It would be difficult to overestimate the melodic grace, harmonic allure and lasting eloquence of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim. Universally loved songs such as "Girl from Ipanema," "Desafinado" and "One Note Samba" only hint at the mountain of...

    U.S.-Cuban normalization could shake up jazz

    U.S.-Cuban normalization could shake up jazz
    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...

    Piano great Robert Irving III nurtures the Generations

    Piano great Robert Irving III nurtures the Generations
    When he was 26 years old, Chicago pianist Robert Irving III joined the band of one of the most revered musicians in jazz: Miles Davis. Irving played with Davis from 1979 to 1988, serving as music director and foil for a profoundly creative jazz...

    Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'

    Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'
    We already knew she could sing, play the piano and write hyperliterate, musically sophisticated songs. But can Chicagoan Patricia Barber host a radio show? More specifically, can she preside over a program designed not merely to entertain listeners...