| Jun 27, 2015
| 12:00 PM
Makaya McCraven, "In the Moment" (International Anthem) Home to a wealth of riches such as the Jazz Record Mart, the Green Mill and the ever-fertile Assn. for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Chicago's modern jazz scene continues to be one of the...
| Jun 18, 2015
| 1:20 PM
If someone were organizing a Women in Jazz Festival for the next few days, they'd be hard-pressed to top what's playing our clubs and concert halls simply through serendipity of programming.
Historically, jazz women never have received a fraction of the...
| Jun 6, 2015
| 7:01 AM
Until three years ago, when he moved to New York, bassist Lorin Cohen was ubiquitous in Chicago, playing in uncounted bands and far-flung musical styles.
He returned here briefly over the weekend in the best way possible, celebrating the release of...
| Jun 4, 2015
| 10:49 AM
Now that school is winding down, Larry Gray can come out to play.
And is he ever. The eminent Chicago bassist – an associate professor of jazz studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign – has three important dates in and...
| May 28, 2015
| 1:35 PM
A hard-charging weekend in Chicago jazz:
Jason Moran: Last year at this time, Chicago heard the innovative pianist Moran on the grandest scale possible: leading his trio, the Bandwagon, plus Theaster Gates and the Kenwood Academy Jazz Band in the...
| May 23, 2015
| 6:33 AM
Can there be any doubt that the Israeli Jazz & World Music Festival achieved critical mass this year?
The third annual event ran nine days and spanned the city north to south (plus Evanston), culminating on Friday night with trumpeter Avishai Cohen...
| May 16, 2015
| 11:37 AM
Some jazz musicians don't wish to invent new musical languages, redefine prevailing idioms or invent novel concepts.
Instead, they choose to revel in established forms, conveying as much joyousness of spirit to as wide an audience as possible.
| May 5, 2015
| 12:33 PM
A Chicago Transit Authority proposal could have the Aragon Ballroom rocking more than usual, but not because of the bands.
The CTA has proposed closing the Lawrence "L" stop in the Uptown neighborhood for three to four years to renovate the station...
| Apr 16, 2015
| 12:51 PM
This will be an extraordinary weekend in jazz, even by Chicago standards.
Among the highlights:
Chick Corea and Herbie Hancock: Two of the foremost pianists in jazz – each an innovator on several counts – play a rare duo show in...
| Apr 12, 2015
| 8:11 AM
Every organization needs a home, and it's just possible that Jeff Lindberg's Chicago Jazz Orchestra has found one.
On Saturday evening, the CJO — which has worked practically every venue in town since its founding in 1978 — played its...
| Apr 9, 2015
| 11:23 AM
Chicago jazz legend George Freeman will be spending his 88th birthday in the best way possible: playing his guitar at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
He reaches the milestone on Friday, which is when he'll kick off a two-night run at the Mill, where he...