| 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 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,...
| 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...
| 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,...
| Dec 19, 2013
| 11:26 AM
On Oct. 28, veteran Chicago jazz broadcaster Dan Bindert found his dream job: station manager at the Chicago area's leading jazz outlet, WDCB-FM 90.9.
Three weeks later, Bindert expanded jazz programming on WDCB by an hour every weekday, in the crucial 6...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:23 AM
They don't make jazz pianists like Jodie Christian anymore.
The admired Chicago artist, who died last year at age 80, sounded like no one else in jazz, the ingenuity of his harmonies matched by the luster of his touch.
So when musicians from across...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Last summer, Chicago singer Joan Curto was preparing to take the stage at Davenport's – the city's leading cabaret – when a transformer blew, instantly darkening the tiny club.
"I was all dressed, ready to go, people were getting their...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:27 PM
To observe that Nicolae Feraru has an intense relationship with his instrument, the Eastern European cimbalom, would be an understatement.
"The first love for me is not my wife, it is this instrument," says Feraru, 63, sitting before his beloved...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 11:20 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival won't kick off until the end of next month, but, until then, listeners can look forward to another, somewhat different kind of musical celebration.
The 7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival for the first time will span...