| 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 21, 2013
Before Nat "King" Cole conquered the world, he studied music under Capt. Walter Dyett.
So did singer Johnny Hartman, pianists Dorothy Donegan and John Young, tenor saxophone giants Von Freeman, Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin and other musicians too...
| 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...
| Mar 16, 2008
| 6:24 AM
Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich spoke with Marian McPartland shortly before her 90th birthday in 2008.
Marian McPartland knows exactly what she wants for her 90th birthday: Stevie Wonder.
That is she'd like to have the master songwriter...
| 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 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...