| Oct 18, 2012
| 11:20 AM
No other orchestra in America looks, sounds or acts quite like Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic.
For though various bands play Third Stream repertoire — a term that loosely refers to jazz-meets-classical fare — the CJP immerses...
| Oct 26, 2012
With a bounce in his step, Melton Mustafa strode onto the stage of Miami's Joseph Caleb Auditorium. The audience at September's Sunshine Jazz Organization's 25th anniversary gala cheered warmly, as the Liberty City-raised trumpeter and bandleader took his...
| Oct 22, 2012
| 10:53 AM
Singer Kurt Elling sounded as if he had awoken from a long, deep slumber Sunday evening at City Winery Chicago.
The general torpor of his recordings of recent years, the blandness and anemia of past performances were cast aside for something far more...
| 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
| 3:15 PM
Children in my neighborhood were constantly being orphaned. You go out one afternoon to play, and bam! Your parents are dead in a car accident and you are forced to live in a tree fort of your own making, eating blackberries and otherwise sharpening...
| Apr 28, 2012
| 6:36 PM
If conductor Jeffrey Kahane led the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra with even more vim and vigor than usual during last weekend's concert at the Alex Theatre in Glendale, he had good reason.
The program of new and familiar music on Saturday, April 21...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:43 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — With a new Mark Rothko retrospective (and some even more eye-catching surprises) at the Portland Art Museum, Portland has plenty of visual-arts stimulation to offer — as well as music, dance, theater, literary happenings and...
| May 10, 2012
| 12:37 PM
Fairfield University has announced its 2012-2013 season, and it includes the usual wide array of events, from fine art exhibits and lectures to Grammy-winning musicians and dance troupes.
As far as music goes, the Quick Center will host concerts by the...
| Aug 21, 2012
| 4:26 PM
While some had no choice but to stand due to a sell-out, standing-room-only house, even those with seats at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre took to their feet in a standing ovation following the Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre’s “Dance in the...
| 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 26, 2012
| 7:00 AM
The Pacific Ballet Dance Theatre's presentation of “Dance in the USA” at the John Anson Ford Theatre on Aug. 17 was sometimes whimsical, other times inspiring and, a few times, a bit lackluster.
However, overall, the Burbank dance company'...
| Aug 25, 2012
| 4:50 PM
Hallelujah, on Wednesday morning I awoke to a cool and refreshing beginning to the day. At last the oppressive heat wave we had been experiencing had broken.
I know that our hot days are only at bay for a little while, but what a delight it was to...