| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
The death of esteemed Chicago pianist Ken Chaney in December, at age 73, caught his fans by surprise and left a hole in the city's musical life.
As bandleader, he presided over such distinctive ensembles as the funk-tinged Ken Chaney Xperience, which...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city.
Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...
| 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...
| Apr 16, 2013
| 11:16 AM
In 1994, Orchestra Hall — home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — took a gamble. The grand old institution for the first time launched a jazz subscription series, betting that Chicagoans would commit to a season of such events, albeit a short...
| Apr 19, 2013
| 7:11 AM
For more than three decades, the Palestinian oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen has relentlessly championed his soft-spoken instrument across America and beyond.
He has penned solo works, pieces for oud with wind quintet and string quartet and compositions...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 2:22 PM
When singer-pianist Diane Schuur headlined at the Jazz Showcase last week, she wasn't the most commanding player on stage.
At leat not whenever Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger stepped up to solo. Each time he brought the mouthpiece to his lips,...
| 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...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
For many years, jazz singer/scatman extraordinaire Ron Cooper was a figure in Chicago jazz, performing at the Green Mill and influencing local staples like Von Freeman and Fareed Haque (both of whom appear in this documentary, shot...
| 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.