| May 22, 2014
| 8:54 AM
The Memorial Day holiday obviously commemorates solemn events, but with so many people enjoying an extended weekend, Chicago's musical offerings are rich.
Among the highlights:
Eric Reed: One of the most compelling pianists in mainstream jazz, Reed...
| May 15, 2014
| 9:39 AM
Chicago ragtime piano master Reginald Robinson is on a tear.
In recent months he has completed three new works, two of which he'll play Saturday night in a nearly ideal venue for his intimate art: Frank Lloyd Wright's Unity Temple, in Oak Park.
| 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,...
| 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...
| 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...
| Mar 23, 2014
| 9:03 AM
| 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...
| 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...
| 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...