| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:27 AM
Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader?
Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
| Feb 6, 2014
| 7:22 AM
This will be a brisk weekend in Chicago jazz:
Benny Golson: It isn't often that you get to hear a musician whose compositions have been central to the jazz canon for decades, but, at 85, saxophonist Golson still tours to play some of the most beloved...
| Feb 4, 2014
| 7:29 AM
Tributes to the Beatles, in this 50th anniversary of the band's arrival in America, will not be in short supply this year.
But none will sound like the music Chicago pianist Anthony Molinaro will play this weekend in two ambitious recitals, both...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:40 AM
For the past couple of decades, Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark has been racing around the globe, prolifically recording, performing and generating provocative new ideas in music.
His innovative work and seemingly inexhaustible efforts won him a...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:07 AM
These are lively days – and nights – for saxophonist-clarinetist Victor Goines, who last weekend presented the world premiere of an original orchestral suite at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and this weekend offers new music over three...
| Jan 21, 2014
| 7:25 AM
The elusive art of jazz has proven notoriously difficult to capture on film, as has been amply demonstrated by films such as Clint Eastwood's ponderous Charlie Parker biography "Bird" (1988) and Ken Burns' stultifying, multi-part documentary "Jazz" (2001)...
| Jan 14, 2014
| 9:26 AM
When Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland began performing "Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo" in concert, she was startled by the response.
The song, which unflinchingly addresses violence against women, inspired more than just applause. After concerts,...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Chicago jazz presenters have wasted no time in launching the New Year, with significant bookings already crowding the calendar.
Among the highlights for the next several evenings
Roy Hargrove: The most popular Chicago jazz club engagement of the...
| Jan 1, 2014
New Year's resolutions inspire improvements, and Chicago jazz could use a few.
Here are one listener's resolutions for what ought to happen in 2014:
Upgrade Jazz Fest
The perpetually cash-strapped Chicago Jazz Festival made a quantum leap forward in...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:24 AM
We've enjoyed an exceptional year in live performance. Here are the top shows, with information on where you can hear these artists next time (where applicable):
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Orchestra Hall, May 24 at Symphony Center:...
| Dec 23, 2013
| 11:32 AM
When singer Kurt Elling returns to Chicago next week, he will be dealing with two profound changes in his art and life:
Pianist Laurence Hobgood, who has been Elling's primary accompanist and arranger since they joined forces two decades ago in Chicago,...