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  • Tony Bennett on Lady Gaga, and his dreams for his 90th birthday

    Tony Bennett on Lady Gaga, and his dreams for his 90th birthday
    It seems safe to say that there aren't a lot of 88-year-olds who listen to Lady Gaga. And only one who records with her. That would be Tony Bennett, who celebrated his most recent birthday on Sunday, brings his apparently inextinguishable art to the...
  • 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...
  • '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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'

    James McBride on 'The Good Lord Bird'
    Interviewing James McBride, author of the best-selling memoir “The Color of Water” and “The Good Lord Bird,” the unexpectedly hilarious new novel about the 19th century abolitionist John Brown and his violent crusade to end...
  • Remembering the 'Little Giant,' jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin

    Remembering the 'Little Giant,' jazz saxophonist Johnny Griffin
    Ask anyone who loves jazz to the name the top tenor saxophonist of all time, and he or she probably will answer in a flash. To many, it's Sonny Rollins, at 82 still a giant. Or Gene Ammons, the long-gone, soulful player from the South Side of Chicago....
  • Jampacked weekend will run gamut from avant-garde to boogie-woogie

    Jampacked weekend will run gamut from avant-garde to boogie-woogie
    We're about to begin a remarkably lively jazz weekend, even by Chicago standards. Among the highlights: The Engines: This enterprising ensemble has been offering a stylistically free-ranging music for nearly a decade, but this weekend's engagement...
  • 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...