| Jan 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights:
Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 10:16 AM
Any president's second term offers another shot at fulfilling dreams that got away the first time around.
So while President Barack Obama is strategizing on immigration, unemployment, the deficit and, oh yes, the fiscal cliff, I'd like to add one more...
| May 14, 2013
| 9:55 AM
Let's raise a glass to Bob Koester, the single-minded Chicagoan who this weekend celebrates a remarkable anniversary: 60 years of producing jazz and blues recordings.
Koester's Delmark Records may not be the biggest indie in the country – or...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.
Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
| May 7, 2013
| 9:28 AM
Bluesman James Cotton has lived the kind of life they make movies about.
He toiled on a Mississippi plantation from earliest childhood, found himself orphaned at age 9, practically was raised by blues master Sonny Boy Williamson II and flourished as a...
| May 1, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and saxophonists Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Heath and Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 29...
| Apr 18, 2013
| 2:44 PM
For 511 days, they hid underground in Ukrainian caves while fellow Jews were being executed by machine gun up above.
The odds that they would survive the Holocaust were slight, for they were dependent entirely upon themselves for finding scarce food...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 5:49 PM
My father told me little about his agonies in the Holocaust. He never mentioned the beatings he suffered in various concentration camps starting in 1942, nor the death march he survived in January 1945, en route to Buchenwald.
For nearly the...
| Oct 2, 2012
| 12:51 PM
Artists of Esperanza Spalding's fame and stature don't typically play small music rooms, but no one is going to call Spalding typical.
So if her sold-out, three-night run at City Winery Chicago seems likely to frustrate fans trying to get in, it...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:11 AM
For more than three decades, the Palestinian oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen has relentlessly championed his soft-spoken instrument across America and beyond.
He has penned solo works, pieces for oud with wind quintet and string quartet and compositions...
| Apr 23, 2013
| 10:43 AM
Imagine what might happen if some of Chicago's most inventive jazz musicians embarked on a multi-year collaboration with their counterparts in France.
Just think of the music that might result, the insights that could be shared, the audiences that would...