| Jun 9, 2015
| 12:29 PM
Seven years ago, when an Illinois senator was elected president of the United States, jazz lovers hoped he might bring their music to the White House.
It had been a long time – 15 years, to be exact – since President Bill Clinton had...
| Jun 6, 2015
| 7:01 AM
Until three years ago, when he moved to New York, bassist Lorin Cohen was ubiquitous in Chicago, playing in uncounted bands and far-flung musical styles.
He returned here briefly over the weekend in the best way possible, celebrating the release of...
| Jun 4, 2015
| 10:49 AM
Now that school is winding down, Larry Gray can come out to play.
And is he ever. The eminent Chicago bassist – an associate professor of jazz studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign – has three important dates in and...
| Jun 2, 2015
| 8:50 AM
Why is the world so fascinated by Jazz Age Chicago?
Why do figures such as Louis Armstrong and Al Capone, Jelly Roll Morton and "Machine Gun" McGurn, Bix Beiderbecke and Clarence Darrow and Leopold and Loeb and others still loom so large in the...
| Jun 1, 2015
| 11:12 AM
It was as if saxophonist Fred Anderson's long-gone Velvet Lounge suddenly had reopened: outdoors, at the corner of 16th Street and Wabash Avenue.
Up on the bandstand, Anderson's former colleagues and protégées played jubilantly Sunday afternoon for...
| May 31, 2015
| 1:01 PM
No one ever will accuse Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra of dreaming small. But on Saturday night, the CJO took on an Everest of large-ensemble jazz: a performance of the complete music from Charles Mingus' landmark recording, "The Black Saint and...
| May 29, 2015
| 1:44 PM
You know you're in a great nightspot when the chef-owner steps out of the kitchen to croon gorgeous versions of "Almost Like Being in Love" and "I've Got the World on a String," accompanied by his star musicians.
But those were swan songs Thursday...
| May 28, 2015
| 1:35 PM
A hard-charging weekend in Chicago jazz:
Jason Moran: Last year at this time, Chicago heard the innovative pianist Moran on the grandest scale possible: leading his trio, the Bandwagon, plus Theaster Gates and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band in the...
| May 26, 2015
| 10:20 AM
Louis Armstrong has one, in his native New Orleans.
So does Duke Ellington, in his hometown of Washington, D.C.
So it seems only fitting that Fred Anderson – the Chicago jazz giant who died in 2010 at age 81 – should get one too.
| May 23, 2015
| 6:33 AM
Can there be any doubt that the Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival achieved critical mass this year?
The third annual event ran nine days and spanned the city north to south (plus Evanston), culminating on Friday night with trumpeter Avishai Cohen...
| May 20, 2015
| 12:03 PM
What will the ninth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival bring to the city's stages?
Rare duos featuring visionary Henry Threadgill with rising young pianist David Virelles and MacArthur Fellowship winner Regina Carter with pianist Xavier Davis.