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  • 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...
  • Victor Goines' profile rising in Chicago, NYC and beyond

    Victor Goines' profile rising in Chicago, NYC and beyond
    These are lively days – and nights – for saxophonist-clarinetist Victor Goines, who last weekend presented the world premiere of an original orchestral suite at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and this weekend offers new music over three...
  • Shemekia Copeland: A gifted blues artist finds her voice

    Shemekia Copeland: A gifted blues artist finds her voice
    When Chicago blues singer Shemekia Copeland began performing "Ain't Gonna Be Your Tattoo" in concert, she was startled by the response. The song, which unflinchingly addresses violence against women, inspired more than just applause. After concerts,...
  • A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar

    A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar
    The elusive art of jazz has proven notoriously difficult to capture on film, as has been amply demonstrated by films such as Clint Eastwood's ponderous Charlie Parker biography "Bird" (1988) and Ken Burns' stultifying, multi-part documentary "Jazz" (2001)...
  • Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'

    Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'
    Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader? Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
  • Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss

    Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss
    Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life. Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
  • Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style

    Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style
    Mardi Gras will arrive a little early this year for Chicago listeners, thanks to a most unusual and promising concert this weekend by Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. While revelers in New Orleans will celebrate the traditional Fat Tuesday on...
  • Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause

    Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause
    Several years ago, Chicago priest and jazz guitarist John Moulder came up with a bold idea: Put on a jazz festival in which all the musicians and clubs donate their services, with the proceeds going to fight hunger. Moulder, who's widely admired by...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th a couple months early

    Celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th a couple months early
    If jazz listeners ruled the world, saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's forthcoming 80th birthday – on Aug. 25 – would be deemed a national holiday. That doesn't seem likely at this point, so Chicago will celebrate the occasion a bit early...