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  • 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,...
  • James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'

    James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'
    Interviewing James McBride, author of the best-selling memoir “The Color of Water” and “The Good Lord Bird,” the unexpectedly hilarious new novel about the 19th century abolitionist John Brown and his violent crusade to end...
  • 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...
  • Flutist Nicole Mitchell's welcome return to Chicago

    Flutist Nicole Mitchell's welcome return to Chicago
    The great flutist-composer Nicole Mitchell moved to Chicago – and launched her international career here – in 1990. More than two decades later, in August of 2011, she left the city for California, yet it's still impossible to think of...
  • Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago

    Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago
    Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent. Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
  • Bob Koester's six decades of jazz and blues, Chicago style

    Bob Koester's six decades of jazz and blues, Chicago style
    Let's raise a glass to Bob Koester, the single-minded Chicagoan who this weekend celebrates a remarkable anniversary: 60 years of producing jazz and blues recordings. Koester's Delmark Records may not be the biggest indie in the country – or...
  • Blues legend James Cotton tells his story, in song

    Blues legend James Cotton tells his story, in song
    Bluesman James Cotton has lived the kind of life they make movies about. He toiled on a Mississippi plantation from earliest childhood, found himself orphaned at age 9, practically was raised by blues master Sonny Boy Williamson II and flourished as a...
  • Chicago Jazz Festival 2013 lineup announced

    Chicago Jazz Festival 2013 lineup announced
    Drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and saxophonists Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Heath and Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 29...
  • Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz

    Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz
    Imagine what might happen if some of Chicago's most inventive jazz musicians embarked on a multi-year collaboration with their counterparts in France. Just think of the music that might result, the insights that could be shared, the audiences that would...