| 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 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 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 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 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...
| 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...
| 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 4, 2014
| 12:00 PM
It was a three-and-half-hour marathon of songs — some indelible, some forgettable, all sharing at least one rarefied trait: Each appeared in a Tony Award-winning musical.
That does not necessarily imply consistently great songwriting, as Monday...
| 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 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....
| Oct 28, 2014
| 6:30 AM
The packaging is unadorned, the artwork rudimentary, the promotion nonexistent.
Yet in an era in which artists feel liberated to produce and distribute their music in their own way — minus record-label intrusion — singer Linda Eder has...