| 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 2, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Digging into one's family history, violinist Regina Carter said, is not only worthwhile for musicians and artists. It's something everyone should do.
Carter, a prolific and well-known jazz violinist and a MacArthur Fellowship winner, devoted two...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 5:15 AM
The Playboy Jazz Festival requires stamina.
The crowd at the Hollywood Bowl never had more than a 30-second break from the moment the first band started at 3 p.m. Saturday until the last note echoed up the hill just before 11. The rotating stage...
| Jun 3, 2014
| 2:03 PM
The Newport Harbor Music Education Foundation presented Under the Bell Tower, the high school's annual jazz picnic amid ideal sunny weather Sunday evening on the school's lawn.
The fundraising event featured the Newport Harbor Midshipman Jazz Band, as...
| Jun 16, 2014
| 6:46 PM
Mary Halvorson's guitar tone probably isn't for everyone. Using odd tuning, off-balance fretboard runs and a penchant for bending notes in such a way that half her instrument seems to be slipping out of focus, Halvorson doesn't sound like anyone's...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 12:35 PM
The Downtown Sound music series is now a Monday night fixture during the summer at Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, but it wasn't always so.
The city of Chicago had a hands-off policy toward rock music for generations, a phobia turned into...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 11:43 AM
Representatives of Orlando's new downtown Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday unveiled many of the shows to be presented during the venue's first year of operation.
They will join previously announced performances such as touring...
| Jul 11, 2014
For years — long before Millennium Park was created — readers wrote to me complaining about the Chicago Jazz Festival's dismal acoustics and environment in Grant Park.
And for years, city government (which produces the festival) and the...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 5:00 AM
The town of Ojai, a place of wonder, is changing, as places of wonder do. It's become a little fancier, worldlier, but only a little. It's still unsullied Ojai, where the Pink Moment transforms dusk into a transient psychedelic experience.
| Jul 9, 2014
| 8:59 AM
Flutist Nicole Mitchell, singer Dee Alexander with saxophonist Oliver Lake, pianist Craig Taborn and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band will headline the eighth annual Hyde Park Jazz Festival, running Sept. 27-28 in several locations.
Following is the...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 9:59 AM
The voice on the phone was practically unrecognizable and difficult to understand, but the name was unmistakable.
Charlie Haden, one of the most revered bassists in jazz history and a musician I had covered for decades, was calling.
Of course I...