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  • 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...
  • Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style

    Mardi Gras spirit, Chicago style
    Mardi Gras will arrive a little early this year for Chicago listeners, thanks to a most unusual and promising concert this weekend by Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. While revelers in New Orleans will celebrate the traditional Fat Tuesday on...
  • 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...
  • Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause

    Chi-Town Jazz Fest plays for a noble cause
    Several years ago, Chicago priest and jazz guitarist John Moulder came up with a bold idea: Put on a jazz festival in which all the musicians and clubs donate their services, with the proceeds going to fight hunger. Moulder, who's widely admired by...
  • Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss

    Singer Auguscik rebuilds after a tragic loss
    Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life. Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
  • Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'

    Billy Branch delivers a 'Blues Shock'
    Can 15 years have gone by since Chicago blues master Billy Branch released a studio album as bandleader? Apparently so, but he surely sounds as if he's trying to make up for lost time with "Blues Shock" (Blind Pig Records), a remarkably strong release...
  • Dave Specter and Otis Clay partner up for SPACE show

     Dave Specter and Otis Clay partner up for SPACE show
    What happens when an ace Chicago blues guitarist meets up with a scorching Chicago soul singer? Fire meets fire. You can hear it on the key tracks of Dave Specter's deeply satisfying, jazz-tinged new album, "Message in Blue" (on Chicago's Delmark...
  • Hyde Park Jazz fest 2014 goes back to the future

    Hyde Park Jazz fest 2014 goes back to the future
    A world premiere by Chicago drummer-bandleader Dana Hall, a solo concert by the innovative pianist Craig Taborn and a high-profile engagement by genre-defying Chicago cellist Tomeka Reid will play the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running Sept....
  • The next accordion star: Julien Labro

    The next accordion star: Julien Labro
    The accordion doesn't get much respect in the United States – not since "The Lawrence Welk Show" and uncounted polka bands placed the instrument well outside the realm of chic. Nevertheless, the glorious squeezebox holds a noble tradition in jazz,...
  • Remembering Chicago jazz great Hal Russell

    Remembering Chicago jazz great Hal Russell
    Anyone who appreciates Chicago's position as a global hotspot of avant-garde jazz owes a thank you to bandleader Hal Russell. The unrepentantly iconoclastic Chicago musician – who died in 1992 at age 66, just as he was achieving a degree of...
  • 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...