| 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 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 31, 2014
| 2:05 PM
The first week of the year will be rich with jazz offerings. Following is a guide to the highlights:
Ari Brown: A magisterial saxophonist, Brown carries forward the legacy of the Chicago tenor tradition in distinctive ways. The sheer heft of his sound...
| Jan 8, 2015
| 6:53 AM
Tammy McCann's fans – and they are growing in number – long have wished there was a spot where the charismatic Chicago singer could be heard weekly.
Not just periodically at festivals, concerts and club dates, but steadily in an engagement...
| 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 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 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 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...