| May 23, 2011
| 6:37 AM
He was one of the most celebrated blues artists of his era, a visionary Chicago singer-songwriter who mentored Muddy Waters, introduced the music to Europe and inspired no less than Eric Clapton, Ray Davies and Pete Townshend (as they've all acknowledged)...
| 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...
| Sep 6, 2012
| 3:30 PM
Chicago always has produced jazz giants, larger-than-life figures whose art towers over that of mere mortals.
Who are today's Chicago jazz giants? Following is an annotated guide to some of the titans who will be performing during the fall season:
| 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...
| May 31, 2012
| 2:10 PM
Tribune music critics John von Rhein (classical) and Howard Reich (jazz/blues) each pick 10 shows you shouldn't miss this summer:
“The Circus Princess” and “The Cousin from Nowhere”: Emmerich Kalman's three-ring...
| Jun 22, 2012
Chicago has a way of producing fabulously eccentric, fiercely individualistic jazz stars.
From the free-ranging tenor sax solos of Von Freeman and Fred Anderson to the quirky songwriting of Patricia Barber to the explosive reed work of Ken Vandermark,...
| 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...