| 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...
| 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...
| 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...