| Oct 16, 2014
| 8:38 AM
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...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 7:42 AM
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...
| Oct 9, 2014
| 8:01 AM
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....
| Oct 8, 2014
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...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Chicago alto saxophone master Jimmy Ellis turned 84 in July but, remarkably, never has recorded an album as bandleader.
That finally will change on Tuesday, when Ellis' weekly quartet session at Andy's Jazz Club will be recorded live, setting the...
| May 23, 2014
CELEBRATED PIANIST JASON MORAN, who won a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010 and directs jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, walks into the band room at Kenwood Academy High School and faces a rather tough crowd.
For starters, virtually none of the...
| Sep 23, 2014
| 8:35 AM
The fall season already has produced several memorable jazz recordings. Among the best so far:
Tammy McCann: "Love Stories" (JTMusic). At last, Chicago singer McCann has released a recording worthy of her remarkable instrument. "Love Stories" takes on...
| Sep 25, 2014
| 9:12 AM
It's the most magical weekend of the year, venues large and small, familiar and novel lighting up a single Chicago neighborhood.
No jazz soiree in Chicago, and perhaps none in the country, embraces its environment as effectively as the Hyde Park Jazz...
| Apr 15, 2014
| 2:02 PM
Orchestra Hall has presented jazz since the early days of the 20th century, but only in the past two decades has the music been championed as part of a bona fide series.
Major and emerging stars have been booked for the series' 21st annual season,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Ten years ago, the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players took on a sleek new name – Contempo – and for the first time in its 40-year history presented jazz on an even footing with classical music.
The inimitable Chicago...
| Apr 8, 2014
| 7:54 AM
It's quite possible that Thursday evening will mark a dramatic new beginning for two extraordinary musicians.
Chicago singer Tammy McCann owns one of the most luxuriant voices in jazz, but she never has teamed with a pianist-arranger of comparable...