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  • Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago

    Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago
    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...
  • Blues legend James Cotton tells his story, in song

    Blues legend James Cotton tells his story, in song
    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...
  • Chicago Jazz Festival 2013 lineup announced

    Chicago Jazz Festival 2013 lineup announced
    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...
  • The real stories behind 'No Place on Earth'

    The real stories behind 'No Place on Earth'
    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...
  • Is it jazz, classical, Western, Eastern? Simon Shaheen defies labels

    Is it jazz, classical, Western, Eastern? Simon Shaheen defies labels
    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...
  • Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz

    Building a bridge between Chicago and France, through jazz
    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...
  • Breaking the silence

    Breaking the silence
     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...
  • Esperanza Spalding gets intimate, with revelatory show at City Winery

    Esperanza Spalding gets intimate, with revelatory show at City Winery
    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...
  • Best literary bets Humanities Festival

    Best literary bets Humanities Festival
    The literary events at the Chicago Humanities Festival are illustrative of the festival's sprawling theme, “America.” A diverse array of voices, perspectives and characters will illuminate the American experience. And for those whose passion...
  • Can six clarinets make beautiful jazz together?

    Can six clarinets make beautiful jazz together?
    If Chicagoan James Falzone isn't the hardest working clarinet player in jazz, he's pretty close to it. In addition to touring with his widely admired jazz quartet KLANG and exploring Arabic music through his Allos Musica Trio, Falzone composes choral...
  • Symphony Center jazz season: Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Mavis Staples

    Symphony Center jazz season: Herbie Hancock, Wynton Marsalis and Mavis Staples
    In 1994, Orchestra Hall — home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — took a gamble. The grand old institution for the first time launched a jazz subscription series, betting that Chicagoans would commit to a season of such events, albeit a short...