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RedEyeIt's telling of malort's taste that most people first try the liquor as a dare. Chicago-based Jeppson's has produced the wormwood-based spirit for decades, and it's that familiar yellow-and-red bottle that most people associate with the bitter—to...
Tags: Wicker Park
The Chicago cornetist Rob Mazurek has been producing unconventional, conceptually arresting work for years, most notably in his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra. Amid all of this, however, the music of his Pulsar Quartet stands out for a fragile...
Tags: Entertainment, Music
No doubt there's a certain spiritual appeal to "Be Still," the most recent recording of trumpeter Dave Douglas. As he has explained in interviews and on the recording's brief liner notes, the hymns on the album were suggested by his mother and performed...
Tags: Vocal Music (genre), Entertainment, Music, Donovan
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights: Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
Tags: Hyde Park, Millennium Park, Plymouth, Howard Reich, Jim Ryan
For years, the "Battle of the Saxes" that played the Green Mill Jazz Club each New Year's Eve was less a contest than a lively exchange of ideas between Chicago tenor saxophone icon Von Freeman and former Chicago tenorist Edward Petersen. The...
Tags: Irving Park, Entertainment, New Year's Day, Frank Zappa, Music
Trombonist Jeb Bishop has been a key player on Chicago's avant-garde jazz scene for the past two decades, working prolifically with such similarly indispensable figures as reedists Ken Vandermark and Dave Rempis, guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Kent...
Can a live lit show about all things current find happiness in a jazz club steeped in a century of history? That’s what Christopher Piatt aims to find out this weekend as he moves The Paper Machete to the storied music club. Piatt, a former Time...
Tags: Julia Sweeney, Arts and Culture, Culture, Theater, Entertainment
What a year this has been for Chicago bassist-composer Matt Ulery. His breakthrough album, "By a Little Light" (Greenleaf Music), has been turning up on best-of-year lists, including NPR's and the Chicago Tribune's. He has taken this hauntingly...
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend: Muriel Anderson: Three years ago, the mighty Chicago jazz guitarist John Moulder enriched one of his many engagements at the Green Mill Jazz Club by sharing the stage...
Jazz artists love to take chances, and Chicago singer Grazyna Auguscik has taken a big one with her plunge into the music of Nick Drake. The eclectic British singer-songwriter died in 1974, at age 26, his slim discography never embraced by the wide...
Tags: Nick Drake, Jazz (genre), Entertainment, Music Industry, Music
The songs of Nick Drake get under your skin, insinuating their way into your consciousness through the gentle contours of their melody lines and the expressive urgency of their lyrics. And though Drake died in 1974, at age 26, with a slender...
Tags: Nick Drake, Irving Park, Entertainment, Music Industry, Music
Jazz took root in Poland long ago – even before World War II – and the country has prized it ever since. If the music lived underground in the 1950s, when the Soviet Union considered it "decadent," Polish listeners – and their...
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