| Jun 10, 2014
| 6:30 AM
Though his music is steeped in the sound of New Orleans, keyboardist Jon Batiste may be better described as a community organizer than a jazz musician. In fact, he'd probably prefer it that way.
Hailing from a long line of Crescent City musicians, the...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:30 AM
Jazz pianist Horace Silver, synonymous with Blue Note Records when hard bop -- a style he helped pioneer -- became the label's bread and butter, died at age 85 of natural causes at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y. His son Gregory confirmed the pianist's...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 9:34 AM
Jazz musician Horace Silver, a composer known for pioneering hard bop, has died, National Public Radio said on Wednesday. He was 85.
Silver, a native of Norwalk, Connecticut, was shaped by the Portuguese influence in the islands of Cape Verde, from where...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 2:59 PM
Horace Silver, the prolific jazz pianist and composer who cofounded the legendary Jazz Messengers, pioneered the genre known as hard bop and mentored scores of musicians, has died. He was 85.
Silver died Wednesday at his home in New Rochelle, N.Y., of...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 9:30 AM
| Jun 2, 2014
| 10:29 AM
Grab a blanket and gather the gang for some fresh air and free tunes as villages are starting free outdoor concerts.
"I have people call me in March asking for event dates because they plan their family parties to correspond with our summer events,"...
| Apr 29, 2014
| 12:30 PM
At one of his final performances in River Forest this week, orchestra and jazz band director David Wuersig exhibited a vigor that those who know him say has defined his 40-year tenure at School District 90. Never still, the 63-year-old waved his arms in...
| Jun 4, 2014
| 8:27 AM
A variety of free concerts offer Naperville residents plenty of summertime fun.
"Keeping the events free of charge allows participants to attend on the spur of the moment, to bring the whole family and to invite others to join them," said Sue Omanson,...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 8:11 AM
Is there a word that promises fun more than "festival?" We know. "Chocolate" is right up there, but stop being a distraction. Summer music festivals are a Chicago sonic mainstay, in a city that seems to have gone fest crazy of late. It used to be that...
| May 8, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Paul Masvidal has played in some of America's most intense heavy metal bands for more than 20 years. Visit his Echo Park home, however, and it's clear he's finally found peace.
The 43-year-old singer-guitarist, sinewy and gently graying at the temples,...
| May 22, 2014
| 8:54 AM
The Memorial Day holiday obviously commemorates solemn events, but with so many people enjoying an extended weekend, Chicago's musical offerings are rich.
Among the highlights:
Eric Reed: One of the most compelling pianists in mainstream jazz, Reed...