| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Joey DeFrancesco: In jazz, DeFrancesco stands as undefeated champion of the Hammond B-3 organ, and he proves it with his every Chicago...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 7:42 AM
At 82, Chicago pianist Willie Pickens commands such wide admiration among colleagues that we typically hear him as accompanist, making other musicians sound good.
So it was a pleasure to encounter Pickens as bandleader Friday night at the Green Mill...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
By a fortunate coincidence of scheduling, two of the most influential trumpeters in jazz – Wynton Marsalis and Dave Douglas – will play our stages this weekend. Their appearances say a great deal about the multiple stylistic currents...
| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:23 AM
After the success of last year's Billy Strayhorn Festival, perhaps it was inevitable that the Music Institute of Chicago would convene a subsequent tribute to a major jazz figure.
This time, the two-day soiree will cast a spotlight on Benny Goodman,...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 7:22 AM
Twenty years ago, an exceptional young pianist and a daring young singer met in Chicago, began collaborating at the Green Mill Jazz Club and launched what would become one of the most enduring partnerships in contemporary jazz.
| Nov 7, 2013
| 7:31 AM
One of the most deeply memorable events of last summer's Chicago Jazz Festival came courtesy of an exceptional New Orleans musician.
Saxophonist Donald Harrison, who had been booked to close the event, invited Chicago piano master Willie Pickens to play...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Dec 10, 2013
| 7:30 AM
Christmas recordings often yield unbearable treacle when it comes to jazz and standards, but this year happens to be an exception.
Thanks to pianists Laurence Hobgood and Ted Rosenthal, trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, violinist Joshua Bell and others,...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 11:57 AM
The year may be drawing to a close, but not before two world premieres light up our stages.
That they originate from opposite ends of the musical spectrum – one from a master of age-old ragtime, the other from a fearless experimenter in new...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Five years ago, Chicago pianist-composer Ryan Cohan led his quartet on an African tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department and came back loaded with musical ideas.
He gathered them up for his suite "The River," which he premiered with a septet in...
| 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...