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  • A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar

    A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar
    The elusive art of jazz has proven notoriously difficult to capture on film, as has been amply demonstrated by films such as Clint Eastwood's ponderous Charlie Parker biography "Bird" (1988) and Ken Burns' stultifying, multi-part documentary "Jazz" (2001)...
  • Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'

    Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'
    Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader? Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
  • Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss

    Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss
    Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life. Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
  • Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style

    Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style
    Mardi Gras will arrive a little early this year for Chicago listeners, thanks to a most unusual and promising concert this weekend by Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. While revelers in New Orleans will celebrate the traditional Fat Tuesday on...
  • Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause

    Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause
    Several years ago, Chicago priest and jazz guitarist John Moulder came up with a bold idea: Put on a jazz festival in which all the musicians and clubs donate their services, with the proceeds going to fight hunger. Moulder, who's widely admired by...
  • Van Cliburn dies at 78; pianist who gave U.S. a Cold War victory

    After a tense decade of air raid sirens, duck-and-cover drills and fears of Soviet superiority, hope for America came in an unlikely form in the late 1950s: a lanky, 23-year-old Texan with a head full of curls and huge hands that ranged across a piano...
  • Best literary bets Humanities Festival

    Best literary bets Humanities Festival
    The literary events at the Chicago Humanities Festival are illustrative of the festival's sprawling theme, “America.” A diverse array of voices, perspectives and characters will illuminate the American experience. And for those whose passion...
  • James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'

    James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'
    Interviewing James McBride, author of the best-selling memoir “The Color of Water” and “The Good Lord Bird,” the unexpectedly hilarious new novel about the 19th century abolitionist John Brown and his violent crusade to end...
  • Breaking the silence

    Breaking the silence
     My father told me little about his agonies in the Holocaust. He never mentioned the beatings he suffered in various concentration camps starting in 1942, nor the death march he survived in January 1945, en route to Buchenwald.   For nearly the...
  • Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon

    Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon
    Van Cliburn, the immensely talented American piano virtuoso with the down-home charm and big romantic style, whose gold-medal win at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War made him a cultural icon...
  • Jazz resolutions for a New Year

    Jazz resolutions for a New Year
    A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013: Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish...