| Apr 27, 2014
| 8:09 AM
We're so accustomed to hearing Patricia Barber in rambunctious, atmospheric jazz clubs – most notably at the Green Mill in Uptown – that we forget what it's like to encounter her in the sanctuary and near-silence of the concert hall.
| Apr 24, 2014
| 7:32 AM
On Saturday night, one of the best pianists in this city will take the stage of the Green Mill Jazz Club as bandleader for the first time in several years.
For anyone who values keyboard virtuosity, harmonic sophistication and musical invention of a high...
| 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...
| Apr 17, 2014
| 9:17 AM
At a certain point in life, many of us begin to contemplate our family roots – those nearly forgotten people from earlier generations whose journeys and travails made our lives possible.
For jazz violinist Regina Carter, that quest has generated...
| Apr 10, 2014
| 11:12 AM
When veteran Chicago trumpeter Burgess Gardner takes the stage of the Loyola Park field house on Friday evening, he'll be celebrating not one but two milestones: the 45th anniversary of the Jazz Institute of Chicago, which was founded in 1969, and his own...
| Apr 12, 2014
| 7:33 AM
It had to be one of the more joyous birthday parties to shake up a jazz club in quite a while.
Onstage at the Green Mill on Friday night, Chicago guitarist George Freeman pointed the fingerboard of his instrument toward the heavens, preparing to churn...
| Feb 27, 2014
| 6:46 AM
This weekend one of the most intensely anticipated events of the jazz season will unfold in one of the most important rooms in the city.
It's a rare occasion indeed when trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, multi-instrumentalist Douglas Ewart and drummer Mike...
| 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...
| Feb 18, 2014
| 6:47 AM
Last March, the superb Chicago jazz singer Grazyna Auguscik was rehearsing for one of the biggest concerts of her career, in her native Poland, when she received the worst news of her life.
Her partner of more than 20 years, Marek Bajson, had been...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 9:07 AM
These are lively days – and nights – for saxophonist-clarinetist Victor Goines, who last weekend presented the world premiere of an original orchestral suite at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York and this weekend offers new music over three...
| Jan 28, 2014
| 10:40 AM
For the past couple of decades, Chicago saxophonist Ken Vandermark has been racing around the globe, prolifically recording, performing and generating provocative new ideas in music.
His innovative work and seemingly inexhaustible efforts won him a...