| Aug 20, 2014
| 1:56 PM
For jazz lovers, it's the best week of the year: a riot of activity starting Monday, as a lead-up to the Chicago Jazz Festival, which runs Thursday through Aug. 31.
From a programming standpoint, the 36th annual Chicago Jazz Festival looks strong,...
| Aug 7, 2014
| 7:11 AM
Jazz musicians move into and out of Chicago all the time, but the exit last November of guitarist Jeff Parker carried quite a sting.
Parker had lived and worked here for more than two decades, essentially launching his career in Chicago and becoming one...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 7:36 AM
When the inimitable Chicago jazz singer Dee Alexander was a child, she went to sleep to jazz and woke up to it.
This was largely thanks to her mother, who had the music going in the house constantly. The songs of Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington,...
| Jul 24, 2014
| 7:38 AM
Back in the booming 1990s, when jazz musicians of varying levels of skill were being signed to major-label recording contracts, Kevin Mahogany was heavily promoted as one of the next great male vocalists. That he appeared in Robert Altman's 1996 film...
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Affordable living space in popular enclaves such as Andersonville, Logan Square and Wicker Park is rare, so how can young urbanites on a budget determine what neighborhoods are on the cusp of cool?
"Look for the halo effect, which is the impact a...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 9:36 AM
Solve a debate between me and my boyfriend: If your partner cheats on you while under a heavy influence of alcohol or drugs, is that an acceptable excuse? Like, what if they were blacked out? —DUI
Acceptable in what sense?...
| Jun 12, 2014
| 6:14 AM
Jazz musicians are not often profiled on TV's "60 Minutes," but the long-running news magazine earlier this year aimed its high-profile lens at one of the best: pianist Marcus Roberts.
The piece, reported by another eminent jazz musician –...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 8:59 AM
The jazz tempo does not slow for the holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Paul Marinaro: Connoisseurs of music in Chicago long have known that Marinaro owns one of the most plush and malleable bass-baritones to be heard today. But it wasn't until...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:09 PM
The uncommonly versatile Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque juggles so many musical identities and languages that listeners can be sure of only one thing: They'll never hear him sounding the same way twice.
Consider the show he's playing Sunday night at...
| Jul 13, 2014
| 8:30 AM
It wasn't billed as such, but saxophonist Victor Goines' hard-charging opening set Saturday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club amounted to a tip of the hat to his adopted city: Chicago.
Born and raised in New Orleans and previously based in New York,...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 6:42 AM
Chicago tenor saxophone master Ari Brown first heard John Coltrane perform live when Brown was 19 years old, and several times thereafter.
He has never forgotten the experience.
"It was actually overwhelming," recalls Brown, who will be playing a...