| Aug 23, 2012
| 8:22 PM
Jazz aficionados gathered at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel and Spa this week to listen to the hard-swinging Jeff Hamilton Trio.
Hamilton's trio was a hit at the indoor Newport Beach Jazz Party in February. But during Wednesday's Sunset Jazz in...
| Sep 4, 2012
Some gigs seem almost too good to be true: I’ve been covering music for the Tribune for 35 years, since I started freelancing in 1977 and joined the staff in ’83.
I sometimes get emails from great musicians traveling the world who tell me...
| Sep 12, 2012
| 12:35 PM
Back in the heyday of the Dave Brubeck Quartet (we’re talking roughly 50 years ago), one of the members of the ensemble was a saxophonist named Paul Desmond. He was a professorial fellow who wore horn-rimmed glasses, a jacket and a tie.
| Jul 22, 2012
The Jazz Standards
A Guide to the Repertoire
Oxford University Press: 528 pp., $39.95
I like jazz but I don't know much about it. Or perhaps I should say that I know what I like. Duke Ellington,...
| Apr 5, 2013
| 8:23 AM
In the world of jazz, there aren't many things you can count on, but one of them is that Eric Reed will swing. Hard.
He reaffirmed that tenet from his first robustly stated notes Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, the pianist digging deeply into the...
| Feb 19, 2013
| 12:58 PM
As everyone knows, America's jazz hotspots are Chicago, New York, New Orleans and … Elmhurst?
Well, as of tomorrow evening, at least, the western suburb will indeed be pulsing with the music, as jazz stars and student ensembles from across the...
| 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...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 8:02 AM
It's that time in our program to stop and remember the folks we lost this year.
•Actors: Peggy Ahern, 95, and Jack Hanlon, 96 ("Our Gang" kids); Dimitra Arliss ("The Sting"), 79; R.G. Armstrong, 95; Luke Askew, 80; Zina Bethune, 66; Turhan Bey, 90;...
| Dec 9, 2012
Dave Brubeck: In the Dec. 6 Section A, the obituary of jazz artist Dave Brubeck quoted a 1961 New Yorker profile that described an example of the musical interplay between Brubeck and Paul Desmond during a performance of "Blue Rondo a la Turk" in which...
| Dec 10, 2012
| 12:30 PM
Dave Brubeck wasn't just a goodwill ambassador abroad with his music and manner, but at home. No one who ever met him left without a good feeling -- and a good story. Here's one:
It was long ago when she was a bright girl from deep in the heart of Texas,...
| Dec 11, 2012
| 6:40 AM
It's not like there weren't big things going on in politics this past week, what with the fiscal cliff looming and the state deficit seemingly growing by the minute. Oh, and tea party honcho Jim DeMint leaving the Senate.
But sometimes a story that falls...
| Dec 12, 2012
| 4:09 PM
One day in my high school philosophy class, the teacher gave us a list of different methods of expression and asked us to determine which ones constituted language. Among those that ended up in the "no" stack was music, since, we decided, it worked on a...