| Aug 26, 2014
| 8:04 AM
The heroic life of Nelson Mandela has inspired uncounted tributes and probably will do so for years to come.
But one of the most promising will unfold Thursday night, when the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival presents the world premiere of "Homage to...
| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
| Aug 12, 2014
| 11:50 AM
Unless I miss my guess, no American city has done more to advance a composer's international reputation than Chicago has done for William Bolcom in recent decades.
Under two successive regimes, Lyric Opera of Chicago has commissioned and premiered three...
| 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...