| 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...
| 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...
| Sep 17, 2014
| 6:42 AM
Are you ready to gorge? I can’t hear you, Chicago. I said, ARE YOU READY TO GORGE?
Food Network Magazine’s first annual Food Network in Concert takes place Saturday at Ravinia in Highland Park and will not only treat guests to music from...
| 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...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Ten years ago, the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players took on a sleek new name – Contempo – and for the first time in its 40-year history presented jazz on an even footing with classical music.
The inimitable Chicago...
| 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...
| 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"...