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  • Andy Brown, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis hit Chicago

    Andy Brown, Nicholas Payton, Wynton Marsalis hit Chicago
    Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted. Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...
  • Paul Marinaro gives an unusual Father's Day gift, in jazz

    Paul Marinaro gives an unusual Father's Day gift, in jazz
    Joseph Marinaro had a dream: He was going to be a great singer, like his heroes Frank Sinatra and Mario Lanza. But the talented young crooner from Buffalo, N.Y., got married and had 10 kids, set aside his musical ambitions and laid asphalt to support...
  • Celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th a couple months early

    Celebrating Wayne Shorter's 80th a couple months early
    If jazz listeners ruled the world, saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's forthcoming 80th birthday – on Aug. 25 – would be deemed a national holiday. That doesn't seem likely at this point, so Chicago will celebrate the occasion a bit early...
  • Flutist Nicole Mitchell's welcome return to Chicago

    Flutist Nicole Mitchell's welcome return to Chicago
    The great flutist-composer Nicole Mitchell moved to Chicago – and launched her international career here – in 1990. More than two decades later, in August of 2011, she left the city for California, yet it's still impossible to think of...
  • Jazz bass legend Charlie Haden yearns to perform again

    The revered jazz bassist Charlie Haden hopes he can give a brief speech when he picks up his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy the day before the Grammys are broadcast on Feb. 10. But Haden sometimes has difficulty speaking, and...
  • 'It's About Time': A powerful new song takes on marriage equality

    'It's About Time': A powerful new song takes on marriage equality
    When cabaret star Karen Mason played here last December, at Davenport's, one song drew the evening's noisiest ovations by far. If Mason had sung "It's About Time" without introduction, the piece would have unfolded as a charming love song well worth...
  • Screening "Skokie: Invaded but not conquered"

    Screening "Skokie: Invaded but not conquered"
    The story of Skokie and the way it rallied a community, a region and a state to stand up to the racism of neo-Nazism is told once again in a new documentary that takes a fresh look at old wounds. Last week, the film, “Skokie: Invaded But Not...
  • Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park

    Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park
    For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park. They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine. They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well....
  • Frank Catalano going strong

    Frank Catalano going strong
    When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues. Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
  • Fat Babies rekindle the Jazz Age in Chicago

    Fat Babies rekindle the Jazz Age in Chicago
    Out on the dance floor, young couples are throwing off dance steps right out of the Roaring Twenties: the Charleston, the fox trot, the shimmy. Just inches away, up on the bandstand, youthful musicians you'd sooner expect to find covering Radiohead or...
  • Reawakening the ghosts of Skokie

    To me, a kid growing up in the 1960s and '70s, Skokie seemed like any other suburb, its tidy houses sitting on impeccably manicured lawns. Sure, on Friday nights and Saturday mornings you'd sometimes see Hasidic Jews strolling to and from synagogue....