| Dec 18, 2014
| 10:47 AM
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Five years ago, Alan Hicks set out to make a documentary about Clark Terry, the jazz musician whose 70-year career influenced generations of musicians dating back to Count Basie and Dizzy Gillespie.
It wasn't until...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 12:46 PM
Legend is an over-used word, but the description would apply to Ray Charles.
A visionary who combined R&B, country, jazz and blues in ways that defied expectation, Charles exerted an incalculable influence on all corners of American music after his...
| Nov 18, 2014
| 8:08 AM
Earlier this month, a 27-year-old musician steeped in the ways of Chicago jazz won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
To Marquis Hill, taking top prize in the Thelonious Monk International Trumpet Competition, which includes a...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 3:23 AM
During the past decade, Orbert Davis and his Chicago Jazz Philharmonic have given listeners performances of a sort available nowhere else in American music.
From the multimedia sprawl of "The Chicago River" to the vividly pictorial scenes of "Havana...
| Nov 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
To get it out of the way right at the top: No, he didn't play saxophone. But that hardly stopped Bill Clinton from strutting across the stage of the Dolby Theatre like a true-blue jazz cat.
And how could you blame him?
By the time he appeared Sunday...
| Nov 10, 2014
| 5:27 AM
Marquis Hill, a rising Chicago trumpeter who teaches at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has won one of the most prestigious jazz competitions in the world.
On Sunday evening in Los Angeles Hill took first place in the 2014 Thelonious Monk...
| Nov 5, 2014
| 7:36 AM
The event: Kathy Griffin hosted “Make Equality Reality,” a fundraiser for Equality Now, which advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world. The comedian deemed the subject to be so serious that she asked feminist Gloria...
| Oct 30, 2014
| 8:04 PM
J-A-Z-Z. It's America's legacy to the world, a symbol of cadence and freedom. A soup of syncopated rhythms and harmonies that seem to defy all limits.
And yet when the legendary trumpeter Arturo Sandoval was growing up in Havana, all music that...
| Oct 21, 2014
| 6:23 AM
Why don't filmmakers get jazz?
Why do most feature films miss the meaning of the music in attempting to depict it?
Why is the original American art form apparently so elusive on screen?
Two new films shed light on these mysteries, one peddling...
| Oct 16, 2014
| 9:05 AM
When Will McCormack was attending Trinity College in the mid-1990s as a performing arts minor, "I was in every play I could be in there."
A role model for the Plainfield, N.J., native was his older sister, Mary McCormack, a Trinity grad, who was by then...
| Oct 14, 2014
| 8:00 AM
The Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz has unveiled that its annual gala and competition will be coming to Los Angeles this fall.
A nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the message of jazz around the world, the institute's highest-profile...