| Jun 26, 2015
| 9:45 AM
Exactly how saxophonist Miguel Zenon makes a music at once complex yet readily accessible remains one of the mysteries of his art.
For Zenon offers no compromises when it comes to the intricacies of his lines, the irregularities of his rhythms or the...
| May 12, 2015
| 2:38 PM
Last month, the National Endowment for the Arts made a very good move, bestowing the country's highest jazz honor on a man who richly deserved it: veteran Chicago jazz impresario Joe Segal.
By presenting Jazz Showcase founder Segal with the NEA's Jazz...
| Apr 17, 2015
| 8:55 AM
With Chicago's monumental contributions to jazz (and hip-hop music) as featured by critic Howard Reich in his column and our own Joe Segal winning a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship this month and heading for New York's Lincoln...
| Mar 24, 2015
| 1:23 PM
Broadway actors have the Tonys.
Movie stars have the Oscars.
TV celebrities have the Emmys.
And what do jazz musicians have? Not much.
Sure, of the mountains of Grammy Awards doled out each year to musicians of varying degrees of talent, some go...
| Feb 21, 2015
| 9:21 AM
Traipsing his fingers over the keys has been Billy Foster's lifeblood, a talent that has earned the Gary pianist a stellar reputation in Northwest Indiana and the greater Chicago area.
Foster puts those talents on display Tuesday when the Billy Foster...
| 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&...
| 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...
| 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...