| Apr 4, 2013
| 9:53 AM
We're about to begin a remarkably lively jazz weekend, even by Chicago standards. Among the highlights:
The Engines: This enterprising ensemble has been offering a stylistically free-ranging music for nearly a decade, but this weekend's engagement...
| Oct 4, 2012
| 7:32 AM
Any doubts that the fall season has gotten fully underway should be swept aside by this weekend's nearly brisk lineup of jazz offerings:
"Women of Chicago Jazz Piano": Jazz listeners tend to think of Chicago as a tenor saxophone town, and for good...
| Oct 25, 2012
| 1:19 PM
The centennial of the inimitable jazz composer Billy Strayhorn doesn't come around until 2015, but, in a way, the festivities will begin this weekend in the Chicago area.
A three-day Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival organized by the Music Institute of...
| 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 3, 2012
| 12:45 PM
When Chicago pianist Miguel de la Cerna was growing up on the South Side, the sound of jazzand blues, gospel and funk, R&B and soul was everywhere. It blasted out of clubs and apartments, car radios and storefronts, inspiring a kid growing up near 41st...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:18 PM
Though the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival surely has its flaws, it generates tremendous energy and interest for America's greatest gift to the arts: jazz.
The festival proper features major shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 31 at Pritzker...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 12:56 PM
Fascinating music constantly bubbles up from the caldron that is Chicago jazz, the latest example coming from the horn and pen of Josh Berman.
The very fact that he plays cornet, an instrument largely relegated to the history books, and collaborates with...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Two months ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival made a bold move, presenting performances for the first time on the South Side of Chicago, in Ellis Park. Throngs turned out.
Next month, the World Music Festival will take a bold step, for the first time...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 3:12 PM
A phone rings in the background. A siren screams in the distance. And the indomitable jazz singer Sheila Jordan works those random events into the lyric of the song, as if they had been planned all along.
The best jazz artists, of course, always create...
| 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:
| Sep 9, 2012
| 7:59 AM
It was a great weekend for jazz composition, as two noteworthy Chicago musicians showed their skills with a pen, as well as a horn.
Saxophonist Geof Bradfield already had caught listeners' attention with "African Flowers," a 2010 recording of his...
| 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...