| Aug 13, 2014
| 1:10 PM
Choreographer Lou Conte and pianist Ramsey Lewis are among Chicago arts figures who will receive the first Fifth Star Awards, to be presented by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events at the Pritzker...
| Aug 15, 2014
| 2:00 PM
"You get some news, and then it's like: OK, all right—it's a new idea, a new thing," says choreographer Kyle Abraham, talking about the turn of events that inspired his Hubbard Street world premiere, commissioned by the Chicago Dancing Festival....
| Jul 29, 2014
| 10:43 AM
Anyone who appreciates Chicago's position as a global hotspot of avant-garde jazz owes a thank you to bandleader Hal Russell.
The unrepentantly iconoclastic Chicago musician – who died in 1992 at age 66, just as he was achieving a degree of...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 12:26 PM
About 20 years ago, bass guitarist Juan Dies was asked to perform at a party in Pilsen that celebrated the legacy of Mexican revolutionary hero Emiliano Zapata. He invited some friends to join him and soon they formed the group Sones De Mexico. Since...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Two years ago, Chicago bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery achieved an artistic breakthrough with "By a Little Light," a double album featuring his uncommonly alluring compositions.
Penned for a sprawling chamber ensemble staffed by jazz and classical...
| Sep 15, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Steve Coleman took up the alto saxophone when he was a freshman at South Shore High School and within a few years inevitably was drawn into the orbit of one of Chicago's greatest jazzmen: Von Freeman.
It was Freeman, a tenor saxophone giant who died two...
| Sep 11, 2014
| 1:40 PM
Changing a country takes an immense effort, but the tools can be simple. Singers Emel Mathlouthi, of Tunisia, and Aurelio Martinez, of Honduras, just needed their songs to ignite social transformations. Both are coming to Chicago for the World Music...
| Sep 8, 2014
| 1:56 PM
Singer Kurt Elling, Hubbard Street Dance Chicago and The Second City will perform during the Fifth Star Awards ceremony honoring icons of Chicago culture: Lou Conte, Richard Hunt, Ramsey Lewis, Lois Weisberg and the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt...
| Jun 11, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Having rolled out some pretty heavy artillery to mark the 50th anniversary of the Grant Park Chorus and other musical milestones last summer, what will the 2013 Grant Park Music Festival do for an encore?
Quite a bit, as it turns out.
| Jun 17, 2013
| 9:36 AM
Leon Russell: The silver-haired pianist remains in serious competition with ZZ Top for the most prodigious facial hair in rock ‘n’ roll. He’s also kept his chops up as a performer, dipping into a songbook that spans “A Song for...
| Jun 18, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Inspiring music-making isn't necessarily loud, aggressive, self-aggrandizing or heavily promoted.
Consider what happens early every Wednesday night at Andy's Jazz Club, where the superb but serenely understated Chicago guitarist Andy Brown leads a...