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  • Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon

    Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon
    Van Cliburn, the immensely talented American piano virtuoso with the down-home charm and big romantic style, whose gold-medal win at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War made him a cultural icon for decades to come, died Wednesday at his home in Ft. Worth.
  • A new day for Romanian cimbalom master in Chicago

    A new day for Romanian cimbalom master in Chicago
    For the Romanian cimbalom virtuoso Nicolae Feraru, who has lived in Chicago since 1993, life changed last September. That's when he traveled to Washington, D.C., to receive his adopted country's highest honor for folk arts, the National Endowment for...

    Liza's protege Johnny Rodgers is back in town

    Liza's protege Johnny Rodgers is back in town
    Back in 2000, a very talented Chicago cabaret singer-pianist decided to try his luck in New York and soon found himself touring the globe with Liza Minnelli. It's the kind of story that aspiring stars dream about, but it happened to Johnny Rodgers,...

    The alluring solo art of pianist Matthew Shipp

    The alluring solo art of pianist Matthew Shipp
    The jazz world does not lack for fine pianists, but those who can sustain listener interest through an extended solo set always have been in shorter supply. These days, few pack their soliloquies with more information, drama and free-ranging thought...

    7 new jazz recordings from Chicago artists reviewed

    7 new jazz recordings from Chicago artists reviewed
    Chicago jazz musicians have been creating exotic worlds of sound on record during the past several months, and a few stand out for inventiveness and originality. The greatest revelation comes from Juan Pastor's "Chinchano" (ears&eyes Records), which...