| Dec 27, 2012
| 12:55 PM
For years, the "Battle of the Saxes" that played the Green Mill Jazz Club each New Year's Eve was less a contest than a lively exchange of ideas between Chicago tenor saxophone icon Von Freeman and former Chicago tenorist Edward Petersen.
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Chicago drummer Dana Hall calls his jazz quartet "spring," but Friday night at the Green Mill it turned out to be more than a single ensemble.
The core lineup sometimes expanded to a quintet or sextet, sometimes returned to its core identity, defying...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Cole Porter died nearly half a century ago – in 1964 at age 73 – yet his songs remain as ubiquitous today as they were then.
Which helps explain why one of Chicago's top cabaret singers, Joan Curto, this week is launching an evening-length...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Trumpeter Bobby Lewis, singer Tammy McCann, saxophonist Eric Schneider and guitarist John Moulder will headline the Fourth Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, running March 12-22.
As always, the event will support hunger relief in Chicago, with musicians and...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
The death of esteemed Chicago pianist Ken Chaney in December, at age 73, caught his fans by surprise and left a hole in the city's musical life.
As bandleader, he presided over such distinctive ensembles as the funk-tinged Ken Chaney Xperience, which...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 7:54 AM
No doubt there's a certain spiritual appeal to "Be Still," the most recent recording of trumpeter Dave Douglas.
As he has explained in interviews and on the recording's brief liner notes, the hymns on the album were suggested by his mother and performed...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Can a live lit show about all things current find happiness in a jazz club steeped in a century of history? That’s what Christopher Piatt aims to find out this weekend as he moves The Paper Machete to the storied music club.
Piatt, a former Time...
| Dec 6, 2012
| 11:24 AM
Trombonist Jeb Bishop has been a key player on Chicago's avant-garde jazz scene for the past two decades, working prolifically with such similarly indispensable figures as reedists Ken Vandermark and Dave Rempis, guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Kent...
| Nov 22, 2012
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend:
Muriel Anderson: Three years ago, the mighty Chicago jazz guitarist John Moulder enriched one of his many engagements at the Green Mill Jazz Club by sharing the stage...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Only one clarinetist on earth could have come up with the album "Claroscuro," its stylistic breadth expressing the singular esthetic of soloist Anat Cohen.
That Cohen careens on this disc from original compositions to Brazilian fare, from historic...