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  • Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'

    Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'
    We already knew she could sing, play the piano and write hyperliterate, musically sophisticated songs. But can Chicagoan Patricia Barber host a radio show? More specifically, can she preside over a program designed not merely to entertain listeners...
  • Dee Alexander tops off a remarkable year

    Dee Alexander tops off a remarkable year
    If you didn't catch Dee Alexander performing around town this year, you need to get out more. The protean Chicago singer was ubiquitous in clubs, concert halls and festivals, proving that her ferocious work ethic matches the nature of her virtuosity....
  • Celebrating the holidays with jazz — on CDs, books and stage

    Celebrating the holidays with jazz — on CDs, books and stage
    Who says holiday music has to be treacle? In the hands of accomplished jazz musicians, familiar tunes become new, sugary ballads pick up spice and original compositions deepen our appreciation of the season. Certainly that's the case this year, with a...
  • For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year

    For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year
    Chicago jazz listeners heard great sounds in 2014, including: Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nov. 14, Auditorium Theatre: A little more than a decade ago, the CJP was but a dream of Chicago trumpeter-composer Davis and colleague Mark Ingram....
  • Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill trumpet a joyous holiday weekend

    Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill trumpet a joyous holiday weekend
    The tempo of Chicago jazz does not slow for the holidays. Among the highlights: Roy Hargrove: For the past several Decembers, Hargrove – a lyrically inspired trumpeter – has played an extended residency at the Jazz Showcase to ring in...
  • Remembering clarinet master Buddy DeFranco

    Remembering clarinet master Buddy DeFranco
    The great clarinetist Artie Shaw once told me — in characteristically provocative fashion — that at any given moment there were maybe five or six people in the world who could really play the instrument. Buddy DeFranco was one of them....
  • A rip-roaring start to a New Year in jazz

    A rip-roaring start to a New Year in jazz
    The first week of the year will be rich with jazz offerings. Following is a guide to the highlights: Ari Brown: A magisterial saxophonist, Brown carries forward the legacy of the Chicago tenor tradition in distinctive ways. The sheer heft of his sound...
  • New resolutions for Chicago jazz

    New resolutions for Chicago jazz
    If New Year's resolutions help us to aspire higher, Chicago jazz could use a few: Boost the Chicago Jazz Festival, Part 1. The Chicago Jazz Festival made significant improvements in 2014, as in its belated embrace of social media, with a dramatically...
  • Juan Pastor exquisitely blends jazz with music of Peru

    Juan Pastor exquisitely blends jazz with music of Peru
    One of the most seductively beautiful recordings of the year came from the pen and sensibility of percussionist-bandleader Juan Pastor, who achieved startlingly original work on "Chinchano." The album, like much of Pastor's music, intertwined the...
  • Jazz, cabaret and Broadway converge

    Jazz, cabaret and Broadway converge
    It was a three-and-half-hour marathon of songs — some indelible, some forgettable, all sharing at least one rarefied trait: Each appeared in a Tony Award-winning musical. That does not necessarily imply consistently great songwriting, as Monday...
  • Johnny Rodgers: A singer-pianist for all seasons

    Johnny Rodgers: A singer-pianist for all seasons
    He plays piano better than most singers. He sings better than most pianists. And he writes songs better than most singer-pianists. The one-man band known as Johnny Rodgers has toured the world with Liza Minnelli and also as a headliner in his own right,...