| Aug 1, 2014
| 7:12 AM
Charlie Parker died on March 12, 1955, at age 34, and on that day Chicago jazz impresario Joe Segal marked the loss in the best way he could think of: holding a jam session.
Segal has been saluting Parker's music ever since, and on Thursday night the...
| Jun 25, 2014
| 8:17 AM
Chicago jazz impresario Joe Segal, who has presented the music here since 1947, has won a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship, widely considered the nation’s highest jazz honor.
He joins a distinguished roster of this year&...
| Jun 5, 2014
| 6:54 AM
Even by Chicago standards, this weekend will be bris.
Among the highlights
Ravi Coltrane: The son of jazz innovator John Coltrane and pianist-conceptualist Alice Coltrane, saxophonist Ravi Coltrane carries a regal surname in jazz and all the...
| Jun 6, 2014
| 7:21 AM
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has been maturing noticeably during recent years, and he reiterated that fact dramatically Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase.
Playing with consistent seriousness of intent but also with plenty of fire, Coltrane led his...
| Jan 2, 2013
| 10:27 AM
A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013:
Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 8:45 AM
Each January, the Jazz Showcase turns its spotlight toward Chicago artists, enabling the club to bypass costlier touring attractions at a time of year when audiences typically are small.
That's a boon not only to the city's musicians but to listeners,...
| May 3, 2013
| 9:46 AM
Pianist Benny Green took a few chances Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, and the risks paid off handsomely – for both him and his listeners.
The move was significant because Green typically plays with so much polish, precision and control...
| Aug 8, 2012
Until three weeks ago, no jazz club owner ever had been selected to receive the country's pre-eminent jazz honor: the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship, which carries with it $25,000 and considerable prestige.
Anyone who follows...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...