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  • Violinist Zach Brock digs deep with pianist Phil Markowitz

    Violinist Zach Brock digs deep with pianist Phil Markowitz
    Connoisseurs already know that former Chicagoan Zach Brock stands among the most promising violinists in jazz.
  • Chicago cabaret takes a richly deserved bow

    Chicago cabaret takes a richly deserved bow
    We often think of cabaret as a fragile art form, its emphasis on hyper-literate songwriting and jazz-tinged musicianship scuttling this music to the margins of American culture. But when you witness a small army of singers and instrumentalists...

    From Ahmad Jamal to Matt Ulery, a buoyant jazz weekend

    From Ahmad Jamal to Matt Ulery, a buoyant jazz weekend
    This will be a brisk weekend in Chicago jazz. Among the highlights: Ahmad Jamal: It's difficult to overstate Jamal's importance as pianist, his approach to jazz improvisation sounding fresh and volatile, just as it did more than half a century ago....

    Ahmad Jamal at 84: Still inventing

    Ahmad Jamal at 84: Still inventing
    Without the piano innovations of Ahmad Jamal, would the breakthroughs of contemporary keyboard lions such as Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp and others be possible? True, none of those artists sounds quite like Jamal, but no one really does...

    Jimmy Ellis finally gets set to cut a record

    Jimmy Ellis finally gets set to cut a record
    Chicago alto saxophone master Jimmy Ellis turned 84 in July but, remarkably, never has recorded an album as bandleader. That finally will change on Tuesday, when Ellis' weekly quartet session at Andy's Jazz Club will be recorded live, setting the...