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  • Johnny Rodgers: A singer-pianist for all seasons

    Johnny Rodgers: A singer-pianist for all seasons
    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,...
  • A jazz holiday weekend with all the trimmings

    A jazz holiday weekend with all the trimmings
    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....
  • Linda Eder's first live album, a tour de force

    Linda Eder's first live album, a tour de force
    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...
  • Celebrating Charlie Parker with a wide-ranging festival

    Celebrating Charlie Parker with a wide-ranging festival
    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...
  • Herbie Hancock offers revelations in memoir and conversation

    Herbie Hancock offers revelations in memoir and conversation
    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...
  • Logan Center raises the dial on jazz

    Logan Center raises the dial on jazz
    Music lovers might not have anticipated it, but the sprawling arts center that the University of Chicago opened in 2012 has become an increasingly important player in Chicago jazz. Last season, the Logan Center for the Arts presented several major...
  • Hysteria vs. subtlety: Two new jazz films

    Hysteria vs. subtlety: Two new jazz films
    Why don't filmmakers get jazz? Why do most feature films miss the meaning of the music in attempting to depict it? Why is the original American art form apparently so elusive on screen? Two new films shed light on these mysteries, one peddling...
  • Violinist Zach Brock digs deep with pianist Phil Markowitz

    Violinist Zach Brock digs deep with pianist Phil Markowitz
    Connoisseurs already know that former Chicagoan Zach Brock stands among the most promising violinists in jazz. But his new album with the formidable pianist Phil Markowitz, "Perpetuity," shows Brock reaching a new level of musical maturity, insight...
  • Chicago cabaret takes a richly deserved bow

    Chicago cabaret takes a richly deserved bow
    We often think of cabaret as a fragile art form, its emphasis on hyper-literate songwriting and jazz-tinged musicianship scuttling this music to the margins of American culture. But when you witness a small army of singers and instrumentalists...
  • From Ahmad Jamal to Matt Ulery, a buoyant jazz weekend

    From Ahmad Jamal to Matt Ulery, a buoyant jazz weekend
    This will be a brisk weekend in Chicago jazz. Among the highlights: Ahmad Jamal: It's difficult to overstate Jamal's importance as pianist, his approach to jazz improvisation sounding fresh and volatile, just as it did more than half a century ago....
  • Ahmad Jamal at 84: Still inventing

    Ahmad Jamal at 84: Still inventing
    Without the piano innovations of Ahmad Jamal, would the breakthroughs of contemporary keyboard lions such as Jason Moran, Vijay Iyer, Matthew Shipp and others be possible? True, none of those artists sounds quite like Jamal, but no one really does...