| 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...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
The death of esteemed Chicago pianist Ken Chaney in December, at age 73, caught his fans by surprise and left a hole in the city's musical life.
As bandleader, he presided over such distinctive ensembles as the funk-tinged Ken Chaney Xperience, which...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city.
Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...
| Oct 26, 2012
| 8:32 AM
How fitting that a festival exploring a theme as vast as "America" should be playing stages across Chicago next month.
For no art form reflects the fundamentals of the American experiment more urgently than jazz, and no city has contributed more to the...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Only one clarinetist on earth could have come up with the album "Claroscuro," its stylistic breadth expressing the singular esthetic of soloist Anat Cohen.
That Cohen careens on this disc from original compositions to Brazilian fare, from historic...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:43 PM
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...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| 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...