| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:23 AM
After the success of last year's Billy Strayhorn Festival, perhaps it was inevitable that the Music Institute of Chicago would convene a subsequent tribute to a major jazz figure.
This time, the two-day soiree will cast a spotlight on Benny Goodman,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:31 AM
One of the most deeply memorable events of last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival came courtesy of an exceptional New Orleans musician.
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, who had been booked to close the event, invited Chicago piano master Willie Pickens to play...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| 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 —...
| 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...
| 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...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
Considering that she grew up in Israel playing mostly saxophone, Anat Cohen wasn't necessarily destined to become one of the world's leading jazz clarinetists.
Or maybe she was and didn't realize it.
Either way, Cohen – who has vacillated...
| Aug 8, 2012
Until three weeks ago, no jazz club owner ever had been selected to receive the country's pre-eminent jazz honor: the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship, which carries with it $25,000 and considerable prestige.
Anyone who follows...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:55 AM
As Chicago singer-pianist Yoko Noge cries out a bluesy lament, her fingers barrel across the keyboard – and thousands listen in on WDCB 90.9 FM.
But on this afternoon, Noge isn't performing in one of the rowdy bars where she usually works, and she...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Joey DeFrancesco: In jazz, DeFrancesco stands as undefeated champion of the Hammond B-3 organ, and he proves it with his every Chicago...