| Oct 5, 2014
| 8:47 AM
When Katerina Carson decided to close her eponymous North Side club at the end of June, music lovers grieved for the loss of an uncommonly intimate, user friendly room.
But the tears turned out to have been premature, for over the weekend the space that...
| Oct 2, 2014
| 8:10 AM
Chicago alto saxophone master Jimmy Ellis turned 84 in July but, remarkably, never has recorded an album as bandleader.
That finally will change on Tuesday, when Ellis' weekly quartet session at Andy's Jazz Club will be recorded live, setting the...
| Sep 21, 2014
| 7:55 AM
Some Chicago jazz musicians double as social activists, using music to change lives.
Saxophonist Ernest Dawkins, for instance, grew up in and around Englewood and has been fervently devoted to his South Side neighborhood, creating a jazz festival that...
| 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?...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 11:44 AM
Chicago does not lack for jazz festivals, but surely one of the most appealing unfolds each summer at the Humboldt Park Boathouse.
Set on the veranda of a historic building alongside a picturesque lagoon, the Chicago Latin Jazz Festival feels like...
| 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...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 8:23 AM
A few weeks ago, clubowner Katerina Carson made a major life decision that will affect jazz musicians and audiences across the Chicago area: She decided to close her widely admired nightspot, Katerina's, by the end of this month.
The move to "retire"...
| Sep 5, 2014
| 8:29 AM
Highlights in a rich fall jazz season:
Robert Glasper: The pianist has won a wide following for his R&B work, but Glasper also happens to be a forward-thinking jazz pianist. ThursdaySept. 11 through Sept. 14 at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court;...
| Aug 26, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Two Chicago bars are reopening with new concepts.
Wrigleyville's Rebel Bar & Grill (3462 N. Clark St.) has turned into Country Club, with a grand opening celebration scheduled for Aug. 28. “Rebel had been there for seven years," said marketing and...
| 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,...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 12:31 PM
Two years ago, Chicago bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery achieved an artistic breakthrough with "By a Little Light," a double album featuring his uncommonly alluring compositions.
Penned for a sprawling chamber ensemble staffed by jazz and classical...