| Jan 1, 2014
New Year's resolutions inspire improvements, and Chicago jazz could use a few.
Here are one listener's resolutions for what ought to happen in 2014:
Upgrade Jazz Fest
The perpetually cash-strapped Chicago Jazz Festival made a quantum leap forward in...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 2:31 PM
Make that Dr. Segal: Jazz Showcase founder Joe Segal, who has presented jazz here since 1947, will receive an honorary doctorate from Roosevelt University.
That’s the school he attended from 1947 to ’57 without getting a degree, “...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 11:22 AM
If the buoyant, joyous music-making that guitarist Russell Malone brought to the Jazz Showcase on Thursday night was designed to lift spirits, it surely succeeded. For in up-tempo tunes and ballads, in blues and bebop and what-not Malone consistently...
| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Now that regime change is under way at WBEZ 91.5 FM, let's consider the music that became something of a four-letter word at the station: jazz.
Last month's announcement that Torey Malatia resigned as president and CEO of Chicago Public Media —...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Next Tuesday will be a tough night for Chicago singer-impresario Geraldine de Haas and her husband, bassist Eddie de Haas. But it should be quite gratifying, too.
A large segment of Chicago's jazz community – top singers, pianists, saxophonists,...
| 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...
| 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...
| 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 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,...
| Mar 16, 2008
| 6:24 AM
Chicago Tribune columnist Howard Reich spoke with Marian McPartland shortly before her 90th birthday in 2008.
Marian McPartland knows exactly what she wants for her 90th birthday: Stevie Wonder.
That is she'd like to have the master songwriter...