| 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...
| 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,...
| Mar 4, 2011
You don't need Doc Brown's time machine to catch a glimpse of Chicago's history. You need only to visit Dinkel's Bakery in Lakeview....
| Mar 12, 2009
"Going green" has never been easier. And sure, checking out these green-named things won't help the environment much, but at least the phrase still applies. In honor of the greenest of all holidays, St. Patrick's Day, here is a quick collection of...
| Aug 31, 2010
| 1:16 PM
- September 1: Louis Armstrong once said,"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." On this program, Milt is joined by Chicago Tribune jazz critic, Howard Reich, author of Let Freedom Swing: Collected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Gospel, and...
| Mar 5, 2010
| 4:14 PM
Billy Lombardo does most of his writing at a little red table beside a window in his kitchen, a cheerful room with yellow floors, green walls, blue countertops and a pantry door etched with pencil dashes marking the heights of two growing sons.