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  • Logan Center raises the dial on jazz

    Logan Center raises the dial on jazz
    Music lovers might not have anticipated it, but the sprawling arts center that the University of Chicago opened in 2012 has become an increasingly important player in Chicago jazz.
  • Hysteria vs. subtlety: Two new jazz films

    Hysteria vs. subtlety: Two new jazz films
    Why don't filmmakers get jazz? Why do most feature films miss the meaning of the music in attempting to depict it? Why is the original American art form apparently so elusive on screen? Two new films shed light on these mysteries, one peddling...

    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. But his new album with the formidable pianist Phil Markowitz, "Perpetuity," shows Brock reaching a new level of musical maturity, insight...

    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....