| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Anaphora: The third annual Sounds of Chicago concert of new music features the A/B Duo giving the premieres of chamber works by Drew Baker, Jenna Lyle and Carolyn O'Brien. 2 p.m. Sunday at Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $5; anaphoraensemble.com...
| Nov 29, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be grateful for this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Among the highlights:
Joey DeFrancesco: In jazz, DeFrancesco stands as undefeated champion of the Hammond B-3 organ, and he proves it with his every Chicago...
| Nov 30, 2013
| 7:42 AM
At 82, Chicago pianist Willie Pickens commands such wide admiration among colleagues that we typically hear him as accompanist, making other musicians sound good.
So it was a pleasure to encounter Pickens as bandleader Friday night at the Green Mill...
| Dec 5, 2013
| 9:38 AM
By a fortunate coincidence of scheduling, two of the most influential trumpeters in jazz – Wynton Marsalis and Dave Douglas – will play our stages this weekend. Their appearances say a great deal about the multiple stylistic currents...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The fall season brings a new wave of jazz recordings by Chicago artists, each exploring a distinct facet of the music.
Some of the albums prove stronger than others, but together they attest to the depth of talent and range of expression that make...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Five years ago, Chicago pianist-composer Ryan Cohan led his quartet on an African tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department and came back loaded with musical ideas.
He gathered them up for his suite "The River," which he premiered with a septet in...
| 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...
| Jul 13, 2013
| 6:56 AM
The music of Chicago bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery exerts a strange and powerful pull on listeners, via unconventional means.
Amid the din of 21st century life and music, Ulery speaks through an often soft and never hurried ensemble sound. When his...
| Jul 16, 2013
| 2:27 PM
To observe that Nicolae Feraru has an intense relationship with his instrument, the Eastern European cimbalom, would be an understatement.
"The first love for me is not my wife, it is this instrument," says Feraru, 63, sitting before his beloved...
| Jul 18, 2013
| 11:20 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival won't kick off until the end of next month, but, until then, listeners can look forward to another, somewhat different kind of musical celebration.
The 7th Chicago Latin Jazz Festival for the first time will span...
| Jul 23, 2013
| 11:05 AM
For Chicago jazz lovers, the best part of summer starts Thursday.
That's when the ninth annual Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz series launches at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park. For six consecutive Thursday evenings, some of Chicago's most...
| Jul 25, 2013
| 1:12 PM
When Chicago singer Jimmy Damon died on April 27, his 75th birthday, this city lost a performer like none other.
For though Chicago has nurtured such eminent male vocalists as Joe Williams, Johnny Hartman, Nat "King" Cole and Frank D'Rone – and...