| Mar 6, 2014
| 7:25 AM
Is there a gentler, warmer, more disarming sound in Chicago jazz than the trumpet of Bobby Lewis?
The music he makes has won him wide admiration through the decades, with Peggy Lee perhaps summing it up best.
Lewis, she once said, has "a sound like no...
| Feb 11, 2014
| 7:17 AM
So what came out of Cabrini Green? Trouble and pain is the most usual answer. But Black Ensemble Theater does not dwell on such things.
For the notorious public-housing complex on Chicago's Near North Side also produced some formidable artists,...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Chicago singer-songwriter Terry Callier never received a fraction of the acclaim he deserved, but nobody who heard him ever forgot him.
The imploring, incantatory quality of his vocals distinguished him from peers, as did his knack for mixing elements of...
| Nov 3, 2012
Terry Callier, a singer-songwriter who captivated a cult following with his quietly hypnotic baritone voice and hard-to-classify music that combined elements of folk, blues and jazz, died of cancer Oct. 27 at a hospital in Chicago. He was 67.
| Jun 28, 2012
| 8:58 AM
Fred Cash remembers the day he joined the Impressions in 1958, a mere teenager starting what would be a five-decade ride in one of the great vocal groups of all time.
He had been singing on street-corners in Chattanooga, Tenn., and in church with his...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 8:13 AM
Two veteran Hampton Roads blues performers -- Bobby "BlackHat" Walters of Newport News and Michael Clark of Norfolk -- will add musical spice to Town Point Ribfest, a free festival happening Saturday.
Barbecue and blues belong together, so I can see...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 4:32 PM
UPDATED by Hal Dardick at 1:01 a.m.: County Board still meeting on budget. The Cook County Board met into the early morning hours today in marathon session as it sought to pass an austerity budget proposed by board President Toni......
| Mar 10, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Posted by John Byrne at 12:20 p.m. South Side Ald. Willie Cochran announced endorsements from labor and business organizations today as he tries to win re-election in the 20th Ward over rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith. Cochran was endorsed at a......
| Dec 1, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Posted by Hal Dardick at 12:38 p.m.; updated at 12:46 p.m. It's the last Cook County Board meeting today for Democrat Todd Stroger, Republican Tony Peraica and a few others, and the impending departures has led to a roast-and-toast vibe.......
| Jul 14, 2010
| 4:32 PM
Posted by John Byrne at 5:10 p.m. A plan to remake Cook County's taxpayer-funded health care system to emphasize outpatient care at community clinics cleared a hurdle today. The proposal by the county's independent hospital board passed a County Board.......
| May 7, 2010
| 4:32 AM
Frightened Rabbit: The Scottish trio made its mark in 2008 with the terrific “The Midnight Organ Fight,” as caustic a break-up album as anyone has made in recent memory. The follow-up, “The Winter of Mixed Drinks” (Fat Cat Records), is......
| Sep 2, 2011
"Soul Train." the televised house that Don Cornelius built on a bedrock of soul, funk and ahead-of-their time dance moves, will celebrate its 40th anniversary Monday in concert at Pritzer Pavilion in Millennium Park.
Chicago soul greats Jerry Butler, the...