| May 1, 2013
| 6:54 AM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper and saxophonists Donald Harrison, Charles Lloyd, Jimmy Heath and Rudresh Mahanthappa will headline the 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival, running Aug. 29...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 2:22 PM
When singer-pianist Diane Schuur headlined at the Jazz Showcase last week, she wasn't the most commanding player on stage.
At leat not whenever Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger stepped up to solo. Each time he brought the mouthpiece to his lips,...
| Apr 1, 2013
| 10:45 PM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette, singer Dee Alexander and drummer Dana Hall will headline the annual “Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz” series this summer at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue....
| Apr 3, 2013
| 7:55 AM
Shemekia Copeland, Irma Thomas, Otis Clay, James Cotton and Billy Branch will be among the headliners at the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival, running June 6 through 9.
The festival, expanded to four days this year, will open for the first time at the...
| Mar 12, 2013
| 7:53 AM
Two young blues musicians from the Peninsula, singing bassist Logan Layman and guitar player William "MoBetta" Ledbetter, have been picked to be part of an all-star youth band that will open the Chicago Blues Festival on June 6.
Logan, a 12-year-old...
| Nov 2, 2012
| 8:19 AM
The sounds of tap dancing filled the air for Jubalee, a gala benefit that opened the 23rd season of the Chicago Human Rhythm Project at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park on Monday. Local and international tap and percussive dance stars filled...
| Feb 1, 2012
| 6:58 PM
Don Cornelius, who died Wednesday at 75, was a civil rights pioneer disguised as a dance-music-show host. He used to sign off the “Soul Train” show he founded in Chicago by wishing his viewers “love, peace and soul,” and devoted...
| Jun 6, 2011
| 4:33 PM
If you were familiar with the experimental, risk-taking reputation of the Ojai Music Festival but didn't know much about the town where it is held every June, you might assume that the festival's rebuilt performance space, known as Libbey Bowl,......
| Aug 20, 2011
| 8:40 AM
Steve Reich tribute: Two Chicago ensembles, eighth blackbird and Third Coast Percussion, will honor avant-garde composer Steve Reich on his 75th birthday by performing some of his finest pieces, including "Double Sextet," "Mallet Quartet" and the...
| Aug 25, 2011
In the beginning, the Chicago Dancing Festival seemed almost a lark, a single program of modest best hits, more picnic dessert than entree.
How things change. This year, the 5-year-old enterprise is a full, weeklong festival boasting not just major...
| Aug 26, 2011
| 2:05 PM
This year's Chicago Dancing Festival, which finishes up Saturday with a free extravaganza at the Pritzker Pavilion, has been fun, uplifting, broad and deep. Certainly we've seen a lot of new faces, just as the increase in offerings has also attracted...