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  • U.S.-Cuban normalization could shake up jazz

    U.S.-Cuban normalization could shake up jazz
    Chicago trumpeter Orbert Davis was rehearsing with students in Havana last month when a translator tapped him on the shoulder and asked him to stop everything. The translator then told the room that Cuban President Raul Castro had just been on TV to...
  • Piano great Robert Irving III nurtures the Generations

    Piano great Robert Irving III nurtures the Generations
    When he was 26 years old, Chicago pianist Robert Irving III joined the band of one of the most revered musicians in jazz: Miles Davis. Irving played with Davis from 1979 to 1988, serving as music director and foil for a profoundly creative jazz...
  • Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'

    Patricia Barber on the air: Welcome to 'MusicHeads'
    We already knew she could sing, play the piano and write hyperliterate, musically sophisticated songs. But can Chicagoan Patricia Barber host a radio show? More specifically, can she preside over a program designed not merely to entertain listeners...
  • New resolutions for Chicago jazz

    New resolutions for Chicago jazz
    If New Year's resolutions help us to aspire higher, Chicago jazz could use a few: Boost the Chicago Jazz Festival, Part 1. The Chicago Jazz Festival made significant improvements in 2014, as in its belated embrace of social media, with a dramatically...
  • A rip-roaring start to a New Year in jazz

    A rip-roaring start to a New Year in jazz
    The first week of the year will be rich with jazz offerings. Following is a guide to the highlights: Ari Brown: A magisterial saxophonist, Brown carries forward the legacy of the Chicago tenor tradition in distinctive ways. The sheer heft of his sound...
  • Remembering clarinet master Buddy DeFranco

    Remembering clarinet master Buddy DeFranco
    The great clarinetist Artie Shaw once told me — in characteristically provocative fashion — that at any given moment there were maybe five or six people in the world who could really play the instrument. Buddy DeFranco was one of them....
  • For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year

    For Chicago jazz lovers, it was a very good year
    Chicago jazz listeners heard great sounds in 2014, including: Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nov. 14, Auditorium Theatre: A little more than a decade ago, the CJP was but a dream of Chicago trumpeter-composer Davis and colleague Mark Ingram....
  • Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill trumpet a joyous holiday weekend

    Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill trumpet a joyous holiday weekend
    The tempo of Chicago jazz does not slow for the holidays. Among the highlights: Roy Hargrove: For the past several Decembers, Hargrove – a lyrically inspired trumpeter – has played an extended residency at the Jazz Showcase to ring in...
  • Dee Alexander tops off a remarkable year

    Dee Alexander tops off a remarkable year
    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....
  • Celebrating the holidays with jazz — on CDs, books and stage

    Celebrating the holidays with jazz — on CDs, books and stage
    Who says holiday music has to be treacle? In the hands of accomplished jazz musicians, familiar tunes become new, sugary ballads pick up spice and original compositions deepen our appreciation of the season. Certainly that's the case this year, with a...
  • 'Radhe Radhe' puts a brilliant new spin on 'Rite of Spring'

    'Radhe Radhe' puts a brilliant new spin on 'Rite of Spring'
    Igor Stravinsky's monumental ballet score "Rite of Spring" inspired many tributes during its 100th anniversary last year, but surely none quite like "Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi." This startling film, which will receive a preview screening Dec. 10 at the...