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  • Allentown jazz saxophonist wins MacArthur Fellowship

    Allentown jazz saxophonist wins MacArthur Fellowship
    Steve Coleman took up the alto saxophone when he was a high school freshman and within a few years inevitably was drawn into the orbit of one of Chicago's greatest jazzmen: Von Freeman.
  • Steve Coleman, a made-in-Chicago jazz master, wins a MacArthur

    Steve Coleman, a made-in-Chicago jazz master, wins a MacArthur
    Steve Coleman took up the alto saxophone when he was a freshman at South Shore High School and within a few years inevitably was drawn into the orbit of one of Chicago's greatest jazzmen: Von Freeman. It was Freeman, a tenor saxophone giant who died two...

    Robert Glasper returns to jazz, with shaky results

    Robert Glasper returns to jazz, with shaky results
    When Robert Glasper played his Chicago debut at the Jazz Showcase in 2006, he was making news for having been signed by Blue Note Records. It had been years since the revered label had sought out a young jazz pianist, and Blue Note's faith in him...

    Jazz musician Gerald Wilson dies at 96

    Jazz musician Gerald Wilson dies at 96
    Gerald Wilson, a bandleader, trumpeter, composer, arranger and educator whose multifaceted career reached from the swing era of the 1930s to the diverse jazz sounds of the 21st century, has died. He was 96. Mr. Wilson, who had been in declining health,...

    Liza's protege Johnny Rodgers is back in town

    Liza's protege Johnny Rodgers is back in town
    Back in 2000, a very talented Chicago cabaret singer-pianist decided to try his luck in New York and soon found himself touring the globe with Liza Minnelli. It's the kind of story that aspiring stars dream about, but it happened to Johnny Rodgers,...