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  • Celebrating Charlie Parker with a wide-ranging festival

    Celebrating Charlie Parker with a wide-ranging festival
    He was the greatest jazz virtuoso to pick up a saxophone and a primary architect of the musical language we call bebop. The short and turbulent life of Charlie Parker ended on March 12, 1955, when he was 34 years old, a musical genius felled by drugs...
  • Linda Eder's first live album, a tour de force

    Linda Eder's first live album, a tour de force
    The packaging is unadorned, the artwork rudimentary, the promotion nonexistent. Yet in an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has...
  • 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. Last season, the Logan Center for the Arts presented several major...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • From Freddy Cole to jazzy Charles Ives, strong new recordings

    From Freddy Cole to jazzy Charles Ives, strong new recordings
    The fall season already has produced several memorable jazz recordings. Among the best so far: Tammy McCann: "Love Stories" (JTMusic). At last, Chicago singer McCann has released a recording worthy of her remarkable instrument. "Love Stories" takes on...
  • Stars align for 8th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival

    Stars align for 8th annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival
    It's the most magical weekend of the year, venues large and small, familiar and novel lighting up a single Chicago neighborhood. No jazz soiree in Chicago, and perhaps none in the country, embraces its environment as effectively as the Hyde Park Jazz...