| Nov 26, 2013
| 7:55 AM
As Chicago singer-pianist Yoko Noge cries out a bluesy lament, her fingers barrel across the keyboard – and thousands listen in on WDCB 90.9 FM.
But on this afternoon, Noge isn't performing in one of the rowdy bars where she usually works, and she...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 7:27 AM
Considering that she grew up in Israel playing mostly saxophone, Anat Cohen wasn't necessarily destined to become one of the world's leading jazz clarinetists.
Or maybe she was and didn't realize it.
Either way, Cohen – who has vacillated...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:31 AM
One of the most deeply memorable events of last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival came courtesy of an exceptional New Orleans musician.
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, who had been booked to close the event, invited Chicago piano master Willie Pickens to play...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:23 AM
After the success of last year's Billy Strayhorn Festival, perhaps it was inevitable that the Music Institute of Chicago would convene a subsequent tribute to a major jazz figure.
This time, the two-day soiree will cast a spotlight on Benny Goodman,...
| Oct 15, 2013
| 7:50 AM
Last summer, Chicago singer Joan Curto was preparing to take the stage at Davenport's – the city's leading cabaret – when a transformer blew, instantly darkening the tiny club.
"I was all dressed, ready to go, people were getting their...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 8, 2013
| 9:23 AM
They don't make jazz pianists like Jodie Christian anymore.
The admired Chicago artist, who died last year at age 80, sounded like no one else in jazz, the ingenuity of his harmonies matched by the luster of his touch.
So when musicians from across...
| Sep 26, 2013
| 8:48 AM
It started out as a seemingly quixotic attempt by a group of South Side jazz lovers to celebrate the music – and it has become one of Chicago's most ingeniously presented jazz gatherings.
The seventh annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running...
| Sep 24, 2013
| 12:42 PM
When Vijay Iyer performed at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2001, there was no mistaking the grandeur of his pianism, nor its harmonic originality.
Since then, Iyer has developed into a singular voice in jazz, his solo playing by turns galvanic and...