| Jun 25, 2013
| 7:10 AM
Ten years ago, Chicago lost one of its most prolific, inventive, genre-defying creative spirits.
In the 1960s alone, William Russo created the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and conducted the London Jazz Orchestra; joined Paul Sills and Rev. James Shiflett in...
| Aug 1, 2013
| 7:42 AM
We all come from somewhere.
Like Neil Simon, like Mel Brooks, like a lot of other comedy writers who fashioned material for Sid Caesar and other kings and queens of 1950s television, Woody Allen wrote for Caesar so that others might praise him, and...
| Jul 5, 2013
| 4:09 AM
If you admire the sleek playing of Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom – and what jazz listener doesn't? – pay heed: This Friday and Saturday will be the last time to hear him leading a band in town for the next several months.
That's because the...
| May 10, 2013
| 12:26 PM
It's no big thing to play the music of Duke Ellington. That's done all the time: in cabarets, concert halls, movies, Broadway theaters and anywhere jazz musicians assemble. Ellingtonia, a word coined by admirers who realized that no existing musical...
| Sep 24, 2012
| 2:41 PM
There are many palm trees in Huntington Beach, but few as meaningful as the pair of graceful and slender Mexican fan palms that scrape the sky just several blocks from the ocean on Eighth Street. Like the house they sway in front of, they date back to the...
| Aug 14, 2012
| 1:52 PM
The upcoming season at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus is full of music, theater and dance.
The season, which runs from October through May, includes nearly two dozen shows for people of all...
| Jan 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights:
Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 1:25 PM
Two back-to-back holiday-themed concerts will take place Dec. 8 and 9 at the Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center on the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown campus.
The first of two concerts, titled Celebrate the Holidays, will be presented by the...
| Nov 10, 2012
| 10:55 PM
It's time again for another Jazz Swing Dance, presented by Northern State University music students.
The fall edition of the Northern dance and music extravaganza will unfold Friday night at the Ward Plaza Hotel Grand Ballroom, 104 S. Main St.
| Oct 5, 2010
| 7:17 PM
He always referred to me as James, never Jim.
The only person to call me that was my mother. Whenever I was in big trouble, she used "James" in combination with my middle name.
His demeanor was aloof and formal, somewhat unusual for a jazz artist.
| Nov 28, 2010
After a hard day at play on the local soundstages, some of the world's greatest musicians like to go out and play some more — for live audiences.
FOR THE RECORD:
L.A.-area big bands: An article in the Arts & Books section...
| Dec 22, 2010
Familiar Christmas songs and tunes about unrequited love were on the program in a holiday performance offered by the Glendale Renaissance Orchestra earlier this month at the Alex Theatre.
The sponsors of the concert, the New West Symphony and Glendale...