| 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 1, 2013
| 7:44 AM
These are remarkable times for Herbie Hancock.
Come December, he will receive one of the country's most prestigious arts accolades, a Kennedy Center Honor, alongside actor Shirley MacLaine, singer-songwriter Billy Joel, guitarist Carlos Santana and...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:48 AM
It started out as a seemingly quixotic attempt by a group of South Side jazz lovers to celebrate the music – and it has become one of Chicago's most ingeniously presented jazz gatherings.
The seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
When Vijay Iyer performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2001, there was no mistaking the grandeur of his pianism, nor its harmonic originality.
Since then, Iyer has developed into a singular voice in jazz, his solo playing by turns galvanic and...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 11:32 AM
What does a great city-sponsored music festival look like?
A superb example comes in the form of the 15th annual World Music Festival Chicago, which since its inception has offered a combination of outdoor events downtown and indoor performances in some...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The fall season brings a new wave of jazz recordings by Chicago artists, each exploring a distinct facet of the music.
Some of the albums prove stronger than others, but together they attest to the depth of talent and range of expression that make...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:52 AM
There once was a time when going to a jazz set meant escaping the TV, the computer, the smart phone – the entire over-connected world we live in.
The jazz club and concert hall served as a kind of sanctuary, relieving us – if only for a...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:17 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival gets into full swing this weekend, with free shows at Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue.
Following is a guide to some of the most promising sets, plus a listing of after-fest sessions. For...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will look, feel and sound different from its predecessors, which should be good news for anyone who loves this music.
Specifically, fest-goers will be liberated from Grant Park, where the dreadful acoustics of the...
| Aug 21, 2013
Before Nat "King" Cole conquered the world, he studied music under Capt. Walter Dyett.
So did singer Johnny Hartman, pianists Dorothy Donegan and John Young, tenor saxophone giants Von Freeman, Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin and other musicians too...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:16 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is less than two weeks away, and the tempo music-making in Chicago – always brisk – quickens.
Consider what the next seven days have in store:
David Boykin. A Chicago saxophonist with an...