| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:41 AM
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...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:29 AM
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....
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The packaging is unadorned, the artwork rudimentary, the promotion nonexistent.
Yet in an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:51 AM
He was the greatest jazz virtuoso to pick up a saxophone and a primary architect of the musical language we call bebop.
The short and turbulent life of Charlie Parker ended on March 12, 1955, when he was 34 years old, a musical genius felled by drugs...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 7:37 AM
Herbie Hancock has lived many lives in music.
In 1952, at age 11, he made his bow with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing a Mozart Piano Concerto in Orchestra Hall, cheered on by a hometown audience.
A decade later, his debut album – the...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old musician steeped in the ways of Chicago jazz won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
To Marquis Hill, taking top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, which includes a...
| Nov 4, 2014
| 12:00 PM
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...
| Nov 25, 2014
| 9:40 AM
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,...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Chicago listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this holiday weekend.
Among the highlights
Joey DeFrancesco: The world does not lack for expert players of the Hammond B-3 organ, but DeFrancesco approaches the instrument with sovereign mastery....
| Oct 23, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Music lovers might not have anticipated it, but the sprawling arts center that the University of Chicago opened in 2012 has become an increasingly important player in Chicago jazz.
Last season, the Logan Center for the Arts presented several major...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:23 AM
Why don't filmmakers get jazz?
Why do most feature films miss the meaning of the music in attempting to depict it?
Why is the original American art form apparently so elusive on screen?
Two new films shed light on these mysteries, one peddling...