| 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...
| 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...
| Aug 29, 2012
| 9:35 PM
Four Twin Cities musicians will play Friday night at the Ward Plaza restaurant as part of the monthly Final Friday celebration of live music and art in downtown Aberdeen.
Performing will be Paul Fonfara on reeds, Steve Hobert on piano, Josh Granowski...
| 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...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 7:53 AM
Some of the best music of the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival played during its finale on Sunday night. But so did some of the worst.
Several performances at the Petrillo Music Shell projected quite clearly from the acoustically challenged venue. But...
| May 30, 2012
| 8:22 AM
The folk music world is in mourning today with news of Doc Watson's death. The North Carolina guitarist and singer died Tuesday in Winston-Salem. He was 89.
As evidenced by the thousands who make the pilgrimage Wilkesboro, N.C., to attend Watson's...
| May 31, 2012
| 8:30 AM
If Fats Waller is remembered at all by the public at large these days, it's as a caricature, with bug-eyes wide open, cigarette dangling from lip and eyebrows perpetually bobbing underneath a derby hat as he hams it up at the keys.
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 3:01 PM
You might not recognize their names. But if you're a fan of "Malcolm in the Middle," "The Simple Life," "Dateline NBC," MTV's "Road Rules" and "Real World," you probably recognize their music.
After all, their work has been featured on some of the top...
| Jan 19, 2012
| 1:05 AM
Grant Manhart is what keeps bringing jazz trumpeter Derrick Gardner to Aberdeen.
On Jan. 26, Gardner will pay his third visit to Northern State University, where Manhart is a longtime professor of high brass. Gardner will be a guest artist at the 42nd...