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  • Ralph Stanley's long road leads to Chicago

    Ralph Stanley's long road leads to Chicago
    For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out. "It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The...
  • Music story isn't over yet for Dolly Varden

    Music story isn't over yet for Dolly Varden
    A sampling of how it works for a rock 'n' roll band in middle age: The bass player and drummer drive in for rehearsal from the suburbs where one of them is an interfaith counselor and the other, for a time, operated a fresh-bread franchise. One...
  • Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park

    Why the Chicago Jazz Festival left Grant Park
    For decades, the defenders of the status quo have insisted that the Chicago Jazz Festival must remain anchored in Grant Park. They said the dreadful acoustics there were just fine. They said the dilapidated Petrillo Music Shell served the fest well....
  • Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy

    Take your picker: Student and teacher vying for bluegrass album Grammy
    Chicago has gotten its bluegrass due with this year's Grammy nominations. Noam Pikelny and Greg Cahill — two players with strong local connections — are competing in the best bluegrass album category. Pikelny, a Skokie native currently based...
  • Song barkers: Cutting through the 'Heys'

    Song barkers: Cutting through the 'Heys'
    There's a question that someone paying close attention to contemporary pop music would not be considered crazy for asking: What's with all the shouting? Seemingly all of a sudden, bands have been having success punctuating their tunes with "hos" and...
  • Afro-Caribbean Fest: Second round for small fest with big ideas

    Afro-Caribbean Fest: Second round for small fest with big ideas
    Coming up on the second annual Afro-Caribbean Improvised Music Festival, organizer Omar Torres-Kortright isn't nervous. For him the success is that so many people have come together to help the micro-festival come into being — again. When...
  • Songs of Good Cheer

    Songs of Good Cheer
    Columnists Mary Schmich and Eric Zorn joined musicians Thursday night at the Old Town School of Folk Music for the first of four Songs of Good Cheer programs. Click here for a photo gallery. This is the 14th year for the caroling party, which grew out...
  • Bob Koester's six decades of jazz and blues, Chicago style

    Bob Koester's six decades of jazz and blues, Chicago style
    Let's raise a glass to Bob Koester, the single-minded Chicagoan who this weekend celebrates a remarkable anniversary: 60 years of producing jazz and blues recordings. Koester's Delmark Records may not be the biggest indie in the country – or...
  • Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago

    Israeli Jazz Festival brings Middle Eastern sounds to Chicago
    Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent. Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
  • Jampacked weekend will run gamut from avant-garde to boogie-woogie

    Jampacked weekend will run gamut from avant-garde to boogie-woogie
    We're about to begin a remarkably lively jazz weekend, even by Chicago standards. Among the highlights: The Engines: This enterprising ensemble has been offering a stylistically free-ranging music for nearly a decade, but this weekend's engagement...
  • Stephen Wade: A telling tale of making beautiful music

    Stephen Wade: A telling tale of making beautiful music
    Stephen Wade's affection for the Chicago in which he grew up and that he left long ago is passionate and palpable in the introduction to his astonishing book, “The Beautiful Music All Around Us: Field Recordings and the American Experience.”...
  • Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own

    Accompanist extraordinaire puts on a show all her own
    Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city. Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...