| Jan 15, 2015
| 8:45 AM
When he was 26 years old, Chicago pianist Robert Irving III joined the band of one of the most revered musicians in jazz: Miles Davis.
Irving played with Davis from 1979 to 1988, serving as music director and foil for a profoundly creative jazz...
| Jan 22, 2015
| 7:23 AM
It would be difficult to overestimate the melodic grace, harmonic allure and lasting eloquence of the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Universally loved songs such as "Girl from Ipanema," "Desafinado" and "One Note Samba" only hint at the mountain of...
| Feb 9, 2015
| 4:00 AM
After sitting empty for four years, the Uptown building that once housed Borders bookstore is welcoming a new tenant.
First Ascent, a budding Chicago-based climbing company, plans to open an indoor bouldering gym on the second floor of the 100-year-...
| 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...
| 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 9, 2014
| 8:01 AM
This will be a brisk weekend in Chicago jazz. Among the highlights:
Ahmad Jamal: It's difficult to overstate Jamal's importance as pianist, his approach to jazz improvisation sounding fresh and volatile, just as it did more than half a century ago....
| Dec 13, 2014
| 7:27 AM
What's the definition of great jazz singing?
There are several, but surely one of them concerns the art of Dee Alexander, who reminded a crowded Green Mill Jazz Club on Friday night of what the genre still can achieve.
Alexander was winding up a...
| 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...