| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:07 AM
These are lively days – and nights – for saxophonist-clarinetist Victor Goines, who last weekend presented the world premiere of an original orchestral suite at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and this weekend offers new music over three...
| Jan 25, 2014
| 8:12 AM
We tend to think of Victor Goines as a master clarinetist and saxophonist, thanks to his long and ongoing work at the forefront of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
But the musician put forth another aspect of his art Friday night at the Green...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:40 AM
For the past couple of decades, Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark has been racing around the globe, prolifically recording, performing and generating provocative new ideas in music.
His innovative work and seemingly inexhaustible efforts won him a...
| Jan 1, 2014
New Year's resolutions inspire improvements, and Chicago jazz could use a few.
Here are one listener's resolutions for what ought to happen in 2014:
Upgrade Jazz Fest
The perpetually cash-strapped Chicago Jazz Festival made a quantum leap forward in...
| Jan 2, 2014
| 7:15 AM
Chicago jazz presenters have wasted no time in launching the New Year, with significant bookings already crowding the calendar.
Among the highlights for the next several evenings
Roy Hargrove: The most popular Chicago jazz club engagement of the...
| Jan 3, 2014
| 6:42 AM
The tempo of Chicago jazz never slows, as this winter's highlights show:
Patricia Barber: An inimitable singer-pianist-songwriter, Barber returns to her weekly engagement at the Green Mill Jazz Club. Riding the critical success of her 2013 album "Smash"...
| Jan 9, 2014
| 7:36 AM
To his admirers, Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque epitomizes the eclectic appeal of world music. During the past couple of decades, his musical explorations have led him to embrace jazz, classical, fusion, Indian, Asian and other alluring sounds from around...
| Jan 11, 2014
| 7:12 AM
For more than two decades, Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque has intrigued audiences with the eclectic sweep of his work. Aspects of jazz, fusion, rock, world music and what-not have coursed through his art, all of it undergirded by the technical fluidity...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 7:23 AM
The singers surely are the stars of "Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah," a buoyant re-conception of Handel's oratorio playing this weekend at the Auditorium Theatre to celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
But one musician who...
| Dec 25, 2013
Anyone who was there will never forget the moment: Willie Pickens, alone on stage at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, making the piano roar in a solo version of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps." Pickens' energy, virtuosity and musicality drew cheers...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 7:24 AM
We've enjoyed an exceptional year in live performance. Here are the top shows, with information on where you can hear these artists next time (where applicable):
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Orchestra Hall, May 24 at Symphony Center:...