| Dec 23, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Not everyone gets to celebrate an 87th birthday with throngs of admirers thundering their applause.
But that's how Chicago guitarist George Freeman marked the occasion, cranking out great blasts of sound at the Green Mill Jazz Club to comparably noisy...
| Dec 23, 2014
| 2:25 PM
The tempo of Chicago jazz does not slow for the holidays.
Among the highlights:
Roy Hargrove: For the past several Decembers, Hargrove – a lyrically inspired trumpeter – has played an extended residency at the Jazz Showcase to ring in...
| Dec 11, 2014
| 9:29 AM
If you didn't catch Dee Alexander performing around town this year, you need to get out more.
The protean Chicago singer was ubiquitous in clubs, concert halls and festivals, proving that her ferocious work ethic matches the nature of her virtuosity....
| Dec 13, 2014
| 7:27 AM
What's the definition of great jazz singing?
There are several, but surely one of them concerns the art of Dee Alexander, who reminded a crowded Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday night of what the genre still can achieve.
Alexander was winding up a...
| Dec 5, 2014
| 8:57 AM
The diva sat at the conference table, pen in hand, taking notes and occasionally offering comments on administrative matters and programming ideas. Twelve hours earlier, she'd been elsewhere in the building: on the stage singing one of her signature roles...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 10:59 AM
Chicago listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this holiday weekend.
Among the highlights
Joey DeFrancesco: The world does not lack for expert players of the Hammond B-3 organ, but DeFrancesco approaches the instrument with sovereign mastery....
| Nov 20, 2014
| 9:37 AM
When Kevin Cole sits down to play Friday night at PianoForte Studios, he'll be doing double duty for the cause to which he has devoted his life: the music of George Gershwin.
As the country's leading piano interpreter of Gershwin's work, Cole will...
| 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...
| Oct 23, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Music lovers might not have anticipated it, but the sprawling arts center that the University of Chicago opened in 2012 has become an increasingly important player in Chicago jazz.
Last season, the Logan Center for the Arts presented several major...
| Oct 19, 2014
| 7:30 AM
In jazz, student and mentor often perform together to powerful effect, and that's precisely what has happened in the remarkable partnership of violinist Zach Brock and pianist Phil Markowitz.
Chicagoans will remember Brock as an aspiring musician...