| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:17 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival gets into full swing this weekend, with free shows at Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue.
Following is a guide to some of the most promising sets, plus a listing of after-fest sessions. For...
| Aug 22, 2013
| 8:56 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival will look, feel and sound different from its predecessors, which should be good news for anyone who loves this music.
Specifically, fest-goers will be liberated from Grant Park, where the dreadful acoustics of the...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:16 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is less than two weeks away, and the tempo music-making in Chicago – always brisk – quickens.
Consider what the next seven days have in store:
David Boykin. A Chicago saxophonist with an...
| Aug 9, 2013
| 11:54 AM
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...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Now that regime change is under way at WBEZ 91.5 FM, let's consider the music that became something of a four-letter word at the station: jazz.
Last month's announcement that Torey Malatia resigned as president and CEO of Chicago Public Media —...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday.
That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 11:20 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival won't kick off until the end of next month, but, until then, listeners can look forward to another, somewhat different kind of musical celebration.
The 7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival for the first time will span...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:27 PM
To observe that Nicolae Feraru has an intense relationship with his instrument, the Eastern European cimbalom, would be an understatement.
"The first love for me is not my wife, it is this instrument," says Feraru, 63, sitting before his beloved...
| Jul 2, 2013
| 9:49 AM
Summer's here, which means it's time for … jazz camp?
Yes, indeed, but the leading such enterprise in Chicago isn't exactly designed to keep the kids occupied while school's out.
On the contrary, the fifth annual Straight Ahead Jazz Camp...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:09 AM
If you admire the sleek playing of Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – and what jazz listener doesn't? – pay heed: This Friday and Saturday will be the last time to hear him leading a band in town for the next several months.
That's because the...