| Jul 13, 2014
| 8:30 AM
It wasn't billed as such, but saxophonist Victor Goines' hard-charging opening set Saturday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club amounted to a tip of the hat to his adopted city: Chicago.
Born and raised in New Orleans and previously based in New York,...
| Jul 10, 2014
| 6:42 AM
Chicago tenor saxophone master Ari Brown first heard John Coltrane perform live when Brown was 19 years old, and several times thereafter.
He has never forgotten the experience.
"It was actually overwhelming," recalls Brown, who will be playing a...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 7:51 AM
If the Moutin Factory Quintet had played with any more enthusiasm Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club, the pillar holding up the ceiling might not still be standing.
But we're not talking about mere volume. The band's first set opened big and ended...
| Jun 24, 2014
| 1:17 PM
Industrial, synth-pop, rave, trip-hop: All are music to the ears of Chicago Tap Theatre artistic director Mark Yonally. The reason? When he was coming of age in a homogenous Kansas City, Mo., suburb in the late '80s, an underage club proved a godsend....
| Jul 14, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Affordable living space in popular enclaves such as Andersonville, Logan Square and Wicker Park is rare, so how can young urbanites on a budget determine what neighborhoods are on the cusp of cool?
"Look for the halo effect, which is the impact a...
| May 29, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Two years ago, the biennial "Blues and the Spirit" symposium at Dominican University in River Forest raised sparks from the outset.
"Here we are in 2012, and I'm watching black blues artists being treated like stepchildren of the blues and feeling...
| May 6, 2014
| 9:11 AM
Last year, audiences crowded into shows at the first Israeli Jazz Festival to play Chicago, so it was no great surprise to learn that the event would be coming back.
But few would have expected that this fledgling attraction would nearly double in...
| May 13, 2014
| 7:36 AM
The accordion doesn't get much respect in the United States – not since "The Lawrence Welk Show" and uncounted polka bands placed the instrument well outside the realm of chic.
Nevertheless, the glorious squeezebox holds a noble tradition in jazz,...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 11:49 AM
Ten years ago, the University of Chicago's Contemporary Chamber Players took on a sleek new name – Contempo – and for the first time in its 40-year history presented jazz on an even footing with classical music.
The inimitable Chicago...
| Mar 4, 2014
| 7:52 AM
Several years ago, Chicago priest and jazz guitarist John Moulder came up with a bold idea: Put on a jazz festival in which all the musicians and clubs donate their services, with the proceeds going to fight hunger.
Moulder, who's widely admired by...
| Mar 11, 2014
| 11:42 AM
"Mind Games" star Jaime Ray Newman has no doubt that the psychological manipulation techniques used on the ABC series really work. She has first-hand experience.
"I met my husband in Israel; he's Israeli and it took four years of the Jedi mind tricks...
| Sep 5, 2013
How many alternative rock lead singers go on to a successful career in stage magic? The answer is just one: Rob Zabrecky. In the '90s, Zabrecky fronted the Los Angeles band Possum Dixon, which released three albums through Interscope...