| Feb 26, 2015
| 9:09 AM
When Chicago guitarist and Catholic priest John Moulder launched the Chi-Town Jazz Festival in 2010, he had no idea if it would last much beyond the first year.
Next Wednesday, the sixth annual event will unfold in performances spaces across the Chicago...
| Feb 19, 2015
| 7:21 AM
Why are two bona fide jazz legends – 88-year-old saxophonist Jimmy Heath and 87-year-old bandleader Bill Holman – playing the western suburb of Elmhurst this weekend?
For the same reason that trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, drummer Louie Bellson,...
| Feb 17, 2015
| 9:48 AM
***= Josh Terry’s recommended shows
On sale noon Thursday
The English Beat, Monday, April 20 ($45-60, all ages) at City Winery.
On sale 10 a.m. Friday
Coasts, Monday, April 27 ($13-15, all ages) at Lincoln Hall.
Jessie J, Thursday, April 9...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:00 AM
After sitting empty for four years, the Uptown building that once housed Borders bookstore is welcoming a new tenant.
First Ascent, a budding Chicago-based climbing company, plans to open an indoor bouldering gym on the second floor of the 100-year-...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 7:23 AM
It would be difficult to overestimate the melodic grace, harmonic allure and lasting eloquence of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Universally loved songs such as "Girl from Ipanema," "Desafinado" and "One Note Samba" only hint at the mountain of...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:45 AM
When he was 26 years old, Chicago pianist Robert Irving III joined the band of one of the most revered musicians in jazz: Miles Davis.
Irving played with Davis from 1979 to 1988, serving as music director and foil for a profoundly creative jazz...
| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:44 AM
'The Magic Victrola': Lyric Unlimited's third annual presentation designed to introduce youngsters 5-10 and their families to the joys of opera takes two children on a journey through famous opera scenes, courtesy of an old record player in their...
| Jan 13, 2015
| 7:32 AM
We already knew she could sing, play the piano and write hyperliterate, musically sophisticated songs.
But can Chicagoan Patricia Barber host a radio show? More specifically, can she preside over a program designed not merely to entertain listeners...
| Jan 10, 2015
| 8:31 AM
What's the sound of youth?
On Friday night it was a voice that swooped and soared, a music that bounded from one offbeat to the next, an imagination that invented lyrics and melodies and riffs on the spot, just like that.
In other words, it was the...
| 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 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....