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  • Part One: Kenwood jazz band journeys to Symphony Center stage

    Part One: Kenwood jazz band journeys to Symphony Center stage
    CELEBRATED PIANIST JASON MORAN, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and directs jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, walks into the band room at Kenwood Academy High School and faces a rather tough crowd. For starters, virtually none of the...
  • Paul Marinaro gives an unusual Father's Day gift, in jazz

    Paul Marinaro gives an unusual Father's Day gift, in jazz
    Joseph Marinaro had a dream: He was going to be a great singer, like his heroes Frank Sinatra and Mario Lanza. But the talented young crooner from Buffalo, N.Y., got married and had 10 kids, set aside his musical ambitions and laid asphalt to support...
  • Andy Brown, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis hit Chicago

    Andy Brown, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis hit Chicago
    Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted. Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...
  • 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...
  • Jazz roaring ahead for the New Year

    Jazz roaring ahead for the New Year
    The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights: Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
  • Frank Catalano going strong

    Frank Catalano going strong
    When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues. Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
  • Fat Babies rekindle the Jazz Age in Chicago

    Fat Babies rekindle the Jazz Age in Chicago
    Out on the dance floor, young couples are throwing off dance steps right out of the Roaring Twenties: the Charleston, the fox trot, the shimmy. Just inches away, up on the bandstand, youthful musicians you'd sooner expect to find covering Radiohead or...
  • Reawakening the ghosts of Skokie

    To me, a kid growing up in the 1960s and '70s, Skokie seemed like any other suburb, its tidy houses sitting on impeccably manicured lawns. Sure, on Friday nights and Saturday mornings you'd sometimes see Hasidic Jews strolling to and from synagogue....
  • Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park

    Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park
    For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park. They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine. They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well....
  • Obama's next four years: Tune in to jazz

    Obama's next four years: Tune in to jazz
    Any president's second term offers another shot at fulfilling dreams that got away the first time around. So while President Barack Obama is strategizing on immigration, unemployment, the deficit and, oh yes, the fiscal cliff, I'd like to add one more...
  • When does Joe Segal get his Jazz Masters award?

    When does Joe Segal get his Jazz Masters award?
    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...