| Dec 5, 2012
| 10:47 AM
The jazz artist Dave Brubeck died Wednesday at 91, according to his manager, Russell Gloyd. He died of cardiac arrest one day short of his 92nd birthday in Norwalk, Conn.
The pianist and arranger, born in Concord, Calif., was one of jazz's first pop...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 8:04 AM
Todo empezó con un almuerzo de arroz con frijoles (o porotos, como los llaman en Paraguay).
Berta Rojas, una destacada guitarrista clásica paraguaya, le envió tímidamente un e-mail a Paquito D'Rivera para indagar si éste escucharía su propuesta, y el...
| Nov 21, 2012
| 10:33 AM
Love 'em or hate 'em, there's no avoiding the holidays, and that's true on local stages as well as the shopping malls. But even the Scroogiest of souls could find something to celebrate in the gifts of theater, dance, and music offered up this season by...
| Jul 25, 2012
| 9:05 AM
Always In Trouble
An Oral History of ESP-Disk', The Most Outrageous Record Label in America by Jason Weiss, Wesleyan Univ. Press, 292 pages, $24.95 (paper), $11.99 eBook
While the music scene over the past half-century has been dominated by major...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 4:44 PM
If you love a gratis groove, you may want to hit Motown for Labor Day. Though the Detroit Jazz Festival has concerts year-round, the main event happens over Labor Day weekend, Aug. 31-Sept. 3.
Now in its 33rd year, the Detroit Jazz Festival is the...
| 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...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 9:28 AM
Get Jewish cantors to huddle with Duke Ellington and Louie Armstrong. What would they come up with?
Maybe something like "Jazz Wisdom Spirit," a concert planned for Sept. 9 in Delray Beach. Created by a rabbi and a music professor, the concert will set...
| Oct 1, 2012
Since the mid-1920s, Ann Hawkins has summered on an idyllic oasis in northwestern Michigan called Idlewild, once known by some as the Martha's Vineyard of the Midwest, but for well-to-do black folk.
She grew up riding horses there, swimming in the...
| Oct 8, 2012
| 9:35 AM
Fairfield University has got a couple of interesting shows happening at the Quick Center this week. First, on Friday, FU music program director Brian Torff leads a band of jazz professors (called the Jazz Professors) in a fresh interpretation of Duke...
| Apr 22, 2012
As one of the last living participants in Hartford's exuberant Golden Age of Jazz after World War II — an era when future giants Horace Silver and Gigi Gryce graced the swinging club scene in the North End — pianist Emery Austin Smith is...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:55 AM
Now that the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is fully underway – having kicked off Thursday night at Millennium Park – Chicagoans can focus on figuring out what to catch this weekend.
Following is an annotated guide to some of the most...