| Jan 30, 2015
| 10:18 AM
This February, Chicago-area restaurants are showing their customers some love with limited-time Valentine's Day specials.
From romantic prix fixe dinners for two to specialty cocktails to anti-Valentine's Day promotions, here are the ways restaurants...
| Jan 27, 2015
| 1:00 PM
Guitar-centric jazz attracts mainly two broadly defined, overlapping audiences: people who simply like jazz and will flock to hear good players, regardless of what instruments they play; and other, guitar-obsessed freaks, for whom prowess on an electric...
| Feb 6, 2015
| 12:17 PM
Guitarist Julian Lage, who'll bring his trio to the Side Door in Old Lyme Friday, Feb. 13, makes a habit of collaborating with unique players, including Wilco's Nels Cline (on last year's "Room") and Chris "Critter" Eldridge of the Punch Brothers (Lage...
| Jan 4, 2015
| 9:00 PM
With one foot firmly planted in the Connecticut jazz scene and another dipping into ska (with For Serious), New Haven-based trumpeter and composer Nick Di Maria has carved out a niche for himself over the last decade.
His third release, "The Beatnik,"...
| Jan 9, 2015
| 1:21 PM
As students of pop culture, we indulge in a kind of knee-jerk reaction anytime an actor steps up to be taken seriously as a singer, just as we might if a musician we love suddenly starts acting. Greatness in one artistic arena doesn't guarantee currency...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 7:00 AM
As mentioned in this week's Grammys notebook, beneath the big-name performers who will earn prime-time eyes during Sunday's awards ceremony is a bounty of lesser-known musicians vying for attention. Below are a few albums that have earned their nods...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 2:08 PM
The Elmhurst College Jazz Festival kicks off its 48th year next weekend. Young musicians from more than two dozen schools will perform Feb. 20 through 22.
As in past years, this year's festival offers listeners the opportunity to hear a mix of energetic...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 11:59 AM
With art and music programs falling victim to dwindling budgets in so many public schools throughout the United States, it is encouraging to know that is not the case in Burbank.
It’s due to the foresight, commitment and active diligence of...
| Feb 15, 2015
| 10:41 AM
NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain High School Parents Music Association is sponsoring its "Great Jazz and Great Food Night" on March 7 to benefit the Golden Hurricanes Marching Band.
The evening will feature jazz by Mike Palin's Other Orchestra and food...
| Feb 8, 2015
| 4:15 PM
Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album...
| Feb 13, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Damien Chazelle braced himself for disaster.
It was opening night at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, and Chazelle's movie "Whiplash" was about to have its premiere in front of a packed house in Park City, Utah. Just six years out of college, Chazelle...