| 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,...
| 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...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:57 AM
The year may be drawing to a close, but not before two world premieres light up our stages.
That they originate from opposite ends of the musical spectrum – one from a master of age-old ragtime, the other from a fearless experimenter in new...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Christmas recordings often yield unbearable treacle when it comes to jazz and standards, but this year happens to be an exception.
Thanks to pianists Laurence Hobgood and Ted Rosenthal, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and others,...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
By a fortunate coincidence of scheduling, two of the most influential trumpeters in jazz – Wynton Marsalis and Dave Douglas – will play our stages this weekend. Their appearances say a great deal about the multiple stylistic currents...
| Dec 3, 2013
| 11:00 AM
The world has yet to take the full measure of Chicagoan William Russo, whose life's work proved – among other things – that jazz, classical and blues languages are not natural enemies.
These sounds, and others, converged in Russo's...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Joey DeFrancesco: In jazz, DeFrancesco stands as undefeated champion of the Hammond B-3 organ, and he proves it with his every Chicago...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:55 AM
As Chicago singer-pianist Yoko Noge cries out a bluesy lament, her fingers barrel across the keyboard – and thousands listen in on WDCB 90.9 FM.
But on this afternoon, Noge isn't performing in one of the rowdy bars where she usually works, and she...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
Considering that she grew up in Israel playing mostly saxophone, Anat Cohen wasn't necessarily destined to become one of the world's leading jazz clarinetists.
Or maybe she was and didn't realize it.
Either way, Cohen – who has vacillated...