| 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 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...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 7:01 AM
Pianist Steve Kuhn estimates it has been about 30 years since he last played the Chicago area, quite a span for an artist of his talents.
But Kuhn never has enjoyed fame proportionate with his gifts, which helps explain the long absence, as well as...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Next Tuesday will be a tough night for Chicago singer-impresario Geraldine de Haas and her husband, bassist Eddie de Haas. But it should be quite gratifying, too.
A large segment of Chicago's jazz community – top singers, pianists, saxophonists,...
| Jun 13, 2013
| 11:50 AM
On Jan. 16, 1938, clarinetist Benny Goodman shook up the music world by bringing jazz unapologetically into a shrine of highbrow culture: Carnegie Hall.
That concert, with its spectacular solos and thrilling ensemble playing, has long since acquired...
| Dec 27, 2012
| 2:20 PM
As his old friend Frank Sinatra might have put it, it was a very good year for Chicago singer Frank D'Rone.
In April, D'Rone turned 80, and in June he overcame a series of health challenges to play a triumphant comeback engagement at the Jazz Showcase....
| Jan 18, 2013
| 12:21 PM
At exactly two minutes before show time, Patricia Barber whisks into the Green Mill Jazz Club, says a quick hello to the guys on the bandstand, stretches the joints in her hands, places her iPad inside the grand piano, noodles on the keyboard for a...
| Jan 24, 2013
| 3:21 PM
The past year was a momentous one for the widely admired Chicago guitarist Bobby Broom.
His first album made up entirely of original compositions, "Upper West Side Story" (Origin Records), won richly deserved critical accolades and considerable airplay,...
| Jan 26, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Very few musicians can bring the rambunctious Green Mill Jazz Club to a near hush, but Patricia Barber did it through most of her first set Friday night.
Granted, the overflow audience clearly knew the significance of the occasion: Barber's debut...
| Jan 8, 2013
It's telling of malort's taste that most people first try the liquor as a dare.
Chicago-based Jeppson's has produced the wormwood-based spirit for decades, and it's that familiar yellow-and-red bottle that most people associate with the bitter—to...
| Jan 10, 2013
| 1:36 PM
When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues.
Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
| Jan 15, 2013
| 3:05 PM
Out on the dance floor, young couples are throwing off dance steps right out of the Roaring Twenties: the Charleston, the fox trot, the shimmy.
Just inches away, up on the bandstand, youthful musicians you'd sooner expect to find covering Radiohead or...