| May 28, 2013
| 11:40 AM
The great flutist-composer Nicole Mitchell moved to Chicago – and launched her international career here – in 1990.
More than two decades later, in August of 2011, she left the city for California, yet it's still impossible to think of...
| May 31, 2013
| 1:28 PM
As opening night glitches go, this was a good problem.
The back room at Lakeview gastropub The Dog's Bollox was jammed with people squeezing in for the debut of Story Sessions, yet another yarn-spinning event to add to Chicago's already-packed...
| May 23, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Though Memorial Day obviously stands as a solemn occasion, the holiday weekend surely offer listeners a chance to catch up on concert-going. Among the highlights:
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: The nearly ubiquitous Chicago trumpeter leads his...
| May 18, 2013
| 7:07 AM
Four years ago, Chicago drummer Dana Hall made a stunning recording debut as bandleader, earning wide critical acclaim for his album "Into the Light" (Origin Records). Though jazz listeners already knew that Hall was a powerhouse drummer with intellect to...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:46 PM
What does Israeli jazz sound like?
It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective.
The music of this cosmopolitan culture, in other words, proves as stylistically wide-ranging as you might hope of a Middle...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.
Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Chicago jazz musician Miguel de la Cerna likes to refer to himself as "your basic piano player, commercial musician," but that modest self-assessment greatly understates the case.
De la Cerna proved the point dramatically last year, when he partnered...
| May 11, 2013
| 7:15 AM
The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too.
In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed...
| May 4, 2013
| 6:21 AM
If there were ever any doubt that violinist Zach Brock stands poised for a major career, it was obliterated Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
Not that Brock's performance was particularly dramatic or flamboyant. Quite the contrary, the...
| Apr 25, 2013
| 2:22 PM
When singer-pianist Diane Schuur headlined at the Jazz Showcase last week, she wasn't the most commanding player on stage.
At leat not whenever Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger stepped up to solo. Each time he brought the mouthpiece to his lips,...
| 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...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:49 PM
If jazz listeners ruled the world, saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's forthcoming 80th birthday – on Aug. 25 – would be deemed a national holiday.
That doesn't seem likely at this point, so Chicago will celebrate the occasion a bit early...