| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:47 AM
Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life.
Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:46 AM
This weekend one of the most intensely anticipated events of the jazz season will unfold in one of the most important rooms in the city.
It's a rare occasion indeed when trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart and drummer Mike...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:52 AM
Several years ago, Chicago priest and jazz guitarist John Moulder came up with a bold idea: Put on a jazz festival in which all the musicians and clubs donate their services, with the proceeds going to fight hunger.
Moulder, who's widely admired by...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 11:42 AM
"Mind Games" star Jaime Ray Newman has no doubt that the psychological manipulation techniques used on the ABC series really work. She has first-hand experience.
"I met my husband in Israel; he's Israeli and it took four years of the Jedi mind tricks...
| 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 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 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...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
As opening night glitches go, this was a good problem.
The back room at Lakeview gastropub The Dog's Bollox was jammed with people squeezing in for the debut of Story Sessions, yet another yarn-spinning event to add to Chicago's already-packed...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 2:20 PM
As his old friend Frank Sinatra might have put it, it was a very good year for Chicago singer Frank D'Rone.
In April, D'Rone turned 80, and in June he overcame a series of health challenges to play a triumphant comeback engagement at the Jazz Showcase....
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...