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  • Patricia Barber celebrates Contempo anniversary

    Patricia Barber celebrates Contempo anniversary
    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...
  • A big moment for Tammy McCann and Laurence Hobgood

    A big moment for Tammy McCann and Laurence Hobgood
    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...
  • A young Chicago jazzman takes on Langston Hughes

    A young Chicago jazzman takes on Langston Hughes
    Few poets have captured the feeling of jazz – its rhythms, its cadences, its sense of freedom – more lyrically than Langston Hughes. The music courses through his words, which carry backbeats and melodies as seductive as those in any solo by a...
  • A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar

    A daring jazz documentary zooms in on Kahil El'Zabar
    The elusive art of jazz has proven notoriously difficult to capture on film, as has been amply demonstrated by films such as Clint Eastwood's ponderous Charlie Parker biography "Bird" (1988) and Ken Burns' stultifying, multi-part documentary "Jazz" (2001)...
  • Victor Goines' profile rising in Chicago, NYC and beyond

    Victor Goines' profile rising in Chicago, NYC and beyond
    These are lively days – and nights – for saxophonist-clarinetist Victor Goines, who last weekend presented the world premiere of an original orchestral suite at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and this weekend offers new music over three...
  • CJO digs in for hot run at Andy's

    CJO digs in for hot run at Andy's
    The Chicago Jazz Orchestra has played many long runs at Andy's Jazz Club, but the engagement that launched this month will break records: Jeff Lindberg's plush ensemble will be in residence every Monday night through December. Never has the CJO held...
  • Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon

    Van Cliburn dead: American piano virtuoso was Cold War hero, cultural icon
    Van Cliburn, the immensely talented American piano virtuoso with the down-home charm and big romantic style, whose gold-medal win at the first International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow in 1958 at the height of the Cold War made him a cultural icon...
  • Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own

    Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own
    Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city. Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...
  • 'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters

    'Sweet Sisters of Zion' doc celebrates the Barrett Sisters
    Five years ago, the greatest trio in the history of gospel music – the Barrett Sisters – told me they had one last wish: That someone would make a documentary film about their lives and careers. That film, a moving evocation of their...
  • Great expectations for Constellation

    Great expectations for Constellation
    For anyone who values innovation in music, the next few days could mark the beginning of a significant era in Chicago. On Monday, Chicago jazz drummer and music producer Mike Reed will launch Constellation, a performing arts center that will feature...
  • Van Cliburn dies at 78; pianist who gave U.S. a Cold War victory

    After a tense decade of air raid sirens, duck-and-cover drills and fears of Soviet superiority, hope for America came in an unlikely form in the late 1950s: a lanky, 23-year-old Texan with a head full of curls and huge hands that ranged across a piano...