| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:47 AM
Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life.
Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:40 AM
For the past couple of decades, Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark has been racing around the globe, prolifically recording, performing and generating provocative new ideas in music.
His innovative work and seemingly inexhaustible efforts won him a...
| May 6, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Last year, audiences crowded into shows at the first Israeli Jazz Festival to play Chicago, so it was no great surprise to learn that the event would be coming back.
But few would have expected that this fledgling attraction would nearly double in...
| 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,...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 8:23 AM
A few weeks ago, clubowner Katerina Carson made a major life decision that will affect jazz musicians and audiences across the Chicago area: She decided to close her widely admired nightspot, Katerina's, by the end of this month.
The move to "retire"...
| Jun 19, 2014
| 12:09 PM
The uncommonly versatile Chicago guitarist Fareed Haque juggles so many musical identities and languages that listeners can be sure of only one thing: They'll never hear him sounding the same way twice.
Consider the show he's playing Sunday night at...
| Sep 22, 2011
| 10:10 AM
While reading "The Wealth Cure," a colleague glanced at the cover and said, "When you find out the cure, let me know." Too many of us think we don't have the ability to better identify how to spend our money, but in Hill Harper's latest book he gives...
| Dec 20, 2012
| 10:24 AM
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...
| 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....
| Aug 13, 2012
| 2:44 PM
Von Freeman recorded too infrequently for an artist of his stature, but his slender discography nonetheless sheds light on one of the most influential jazz men Chicago has produced:
“Doin' It Right Now” (Atlantic, 1972). Freeman's belated...