| May 13, 2014
| 7:36 AM
The accordion doesn't get much respect in the United States – not since "The Lawrence Welk Show" and uncounted polka bands placed the instrument well outside the realm of chic.
Nevertheless, the glorious squeezebox holds a noble tradition in jazz,...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
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...
| Jan 4, 2013
| 12:37 PM
A buoyant winter season ahead includes:
"Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis": The innovative thinkers at the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform major works by masters from two centuries and genres. The repertoire...
| Jan 8, 2013
It'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...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:36 PM
When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues.
Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Out on the dance floor, young couples are throwing off dance steps right out of the Roaring Twenties: the Charleston, the fox trot, the shimmy.
Just inches away, up on the bandstand, youthful musicians you'd sooner expect to find covering Radiohead or...
| Jan 18, 2013
| 12:21 PM
At exactly two minutes before show time, Patricia Barber whisks into the Green Mill Jazz Club, says a quick hello to the guys on the bandstand, stretches the joints in her hands, places her iPad inside the grand piano, noodles on the keyboard for a...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The past year was a momentous one for the widely admired Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom.
His first album made up entirely of original compositions, "Upper West Side Story" (Origin Records), won richly deserved critical accolades and considerable airplay,...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 12:55 PM
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.
| 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....
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...