| 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.
| May 16, 2015
| 11:37 AM
Some jazz musicians don't wish to invent new musical languages, redefine prevailing idioms or invent novel concepts.
Instead, they choose to revel in established forms, conveying as much joyousness of spirit to as wide an audience as possible.
| May 15, 2015
| 5:37 PM
The last time I heard B.B. King, at the Ravinia Festival in 2006, rumors were swirling that the 80-year-old legend was about to retire.
But all you had to do was take one look at him to realize he wasn't going to give up proselytizing for the blues so...
| May 15, 2015
| 9:43 AM
If the rest of the Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival proves as innovative, provocative and alluring as Thursday night's opener, there will be fine listening ahead.
At first glance, Tammy Scheffer's Morning Bound looked to be a trio, the vocalist-...
| May 12, 2015
| 2:38 PM
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts made a very good move, bestowing the country's highest jazz honor on a man who richly deserved it: veteran Chicago jazz impresario Joe Segal.
By presenting Jazz Showcase founder Segal with the NEA's Jazz...
| May 10, 2015
| 7:59 AM
Only some of the music that alto saxophonist Tim Berne and his band Snakeoil performed Saturday night at Constellation can be heard on their striking new album, "You've Been Watching Me" (ECM Records).
But even the two selections Berne and friends...
| May 7, 2015
| 7:16 AM
His neuroses are famous. For decades, we have watched Richard Lewis prowl stages, nervously running his fingers through long strands of gnarly hair as he bemoaned his childhood, his romantic entanglements, his paranoia, his physical maladies, his imagined...
| May 5, 2015
| 11:20 AM
Can a Hebraic cantor swing?
He can if his name is Alberto Mizrahi, an eminent Chicago hazan, or Jewish cantor, who on Wednesday evening will make the point anew.
For on that night, Mizrahi and colleagues will celebrate in song not one but two landmark...
| May 5, 2015
| 9:29 AM
Trumpeter Marquis Hill, saxophonist Chico Freeman with guitarist George Freeman, saxophonist Jane Bunnett and drummer John Hollenbeck's Claudia Quintet will play the 37th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Sept. 3-6 at Millennium Park and the Chicago...
| May 4, 2015
| 10:43 AM
Clearly, the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) was just getting warmed up when it celebrated its 50th anniversary with a four-hour concert last week at the University of Chicago's Mandel Hall.
For over the weekend many of...
| Apr 30, 2015
| 8:32 AM
Everyone in jazz knows that former Chicagoan Nicole Mitchell stands among the most creative, innovative and technically accomplished flutists working today.
But perhaps only Mitchell devotees fully appreciate her passion for science fiction and her...