| Dec 23, 2014
| 2:25 PM
The tempo of Chicago jazz does not slow for the holidays.
Among the highlights:
Roy Hargrove: For the past several Decembers, Hargrove – a lyrically inspired trumpeter – has played an extended residency at the Jazz Showcase to ring in...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 8:21 AM
Chicago jazz listeners heard great sounds in 2014, including:
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Nov. 14, Auditorium Theatre: A little more than a decade ago, the CJP was but a dream of Chicago trumpeter-composer Davis and colleague Mark Ingram....
| Dec 16, 2014
| 7:32 AM
Who says holiday music has to be treacle?
In the hands of accomplished jazz musicians, familiar tunes become new, sugary ballads pick up spice and original compositions deepen our appreciation of the season.
Certainly that's the case this year, with a...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:29 AM
If you didn't catch Dee Alexander performing around town this year, you need to get out more.
The protean Chicago singer was ubiquitous in clubs, concert halls and festivals, proving that her ferocious work ethic matches the nature of her virtuosity....
| Dec 4, 2014
| 7:41 AM
One of the most seductively beautiful recordings of the year came from the pen and sensibility of percussionist-bandleader Juan Pastor, who achieved startlingly original work on "Chinchano."
The album, like much of Pastor's music, intertwined the...
| Dec 2, 2014
| 7:54 AM
Igor Stravinsky's monumental ballet score "Rite of Spring" inspired many tributes during its 100th anniversary last year, but surely none quite like "Radhe Radhe: Rites of Holi."
This startling film, which will receive a preview screening Dec. 10 at the...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Chicago listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this holiday weekend.
Among the highlights
Joey DeFrancesco: The world does not lack for expert players of the Hammond B-3 organ, but DeFrancesco approaches the instrument with sovereign mastery....
| Nov 25, 2014
| 9:40 AM
He plays piano better than most singers. He sings better than most pianists. And he writes songs better than most singer-pianists.
The one-man band known as Johnny Rodgers has toured the world with Liza Minnelli and also as a headliner in his own right,...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old musician steeped in the ways of Chicago jazz won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
To Marquis Hill, taking top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, which includes a...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 7:37 AM
Herbie Hancock has lived many lives in music.
In 1952, at age 11, he made his bow with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, playing a Mozart Piano Concerto in Orchestra Hall, cheered on by a hometown audience.
A decade later, his debut album – the...
| Nov 6, 2014
| 5:51 AM
He was the greatest jazz virtuoso to pick up a saxophone and a primary architect of the musical language we call bebop.
The short and turbulent life of Charlie Parker ended on March 12, 1955, when he was 34 years old, a musical genius felled by drugs...