Winter jazz preview: From Dianne Reeves to Sonny Rollins, a hot lineup

Winter jazz preview: From Dianne Reeves to Sonny Rollins, a hot lineup

A buoyant winter season ahead includes:

"Shadowgraph: Octets by Franz Schubert and George Lewis": The innovative thinkers at the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) perform major works by masters from two centuries and genres. The repertoire will feature Schubert's Octet and Lewis' "Shadowgraph 5" and "Artificial Life 2007." Like Schubert, Lewis can work on an epic scale, albeit in a realm that embraces jazz and related idioms. 3 p.m. Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center's Preston Bradley Hall, 78 E. Washington St.; free; 312-744-6630 or


Pharez Whitted: The larger-than-life Chicago trumpeter celebrates the release of his newest recording, "For the People," which features a stellar lineup: guitarist Bobby Broom, saxophonist Eddie Bayard, pianist Ron Perrillo, bassist Dennis Carroll and drummer Greg Artry. 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 17 through 19; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 20; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; $20 at 312-360-0234 or

"Sing the Truth!": The new year at Symphony Center's jazz series kicks off with vocalists Dianne Reeves, Angelique Kidjo and Lizz Wright paying homage to Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln, Odetta, Billie Holiday and other divas. 8 p.m. Jan. 18 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $37-$84 at 312-294-3000 or

"Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah": Yes, Handel's masterpiece swings, jumps and shouts in this annual production featuring the husband-wife team of Alfreda Burke and Rodrick Dixon, plus Karen Marie Richardson and orchestra, jazz band and choir. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 19 and 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at the Auditorium Theatre, 50 E. Congress Pkwy.; $30-$74 at 800-982-2787 or

Bobby Broom: The inventive Chicago guitarist tours the world with tenor saxophonist colossus Sonny Rollins, but Broom is well worth hearing as bandleader in his own right, as he recently reiterated on his album "Upper West Side Story." 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 24 through 26; 4, 8 and 10 p.m. Jan. 27; at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Ct.; $20; 312-360-0234 or

Patricia Barber: Yes, she's in residence every Monday night at the Green Mill (when she's not on tour), but here the creative singer-songwriter-pianist celebrates the release of a much-anticipated album of originals, "Smash" (Concord Records). 9 p.m. Jan. 25 and 8 p.m. Jan. 26 at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15; 773-878-5552 or

Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: Orbert Davis' unique, Third Stream ensemble plays music from his Emmy-winning score to the TV documentary "DuSable to Obama: Chicago's Black Metropolis." 2 p.m. Feb. 16 at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St.; $5-$10 at 773-702-2787 or

Chicago Jazz Orchestra: Jeff Lindberg's top-notch big band offers "A Tribute to Ray Charles," featuring vocalists Dee Alexander, Joan Collaso and Yvonne Gage. 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at North Central College's Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville; $30-$35; 630-637-7469 or

Dana Hall: The dynamic Chicago drummer-composer leads his band spring, featuring saxophonists John Wojciechowski and Geof Bradfield, bassist Clark Sommers and guests Etienne Charles and Victor Garcia on trumpet. 9 p.m. Feb. 22 and 8 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Green Mill Jazz Club, 4802 N. Broadway; $15 at 773-878-5552 or

Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: If you couldn't make it to Monterey last year, the festival will come to you, in the form of this show featuring singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, bassist Christian McBride, pianist Benny Green, saxophonist Chris Potter, trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and drummer Lewis Nash. 8 p.m. March 22 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.; $27-$60; 312-294-3000 or

Sonny Rollins: The great one returns. 8 p.m. March 29 at Symphony Center, 220 S. Michigan Ave.;

$52-$105 at 312-294-3000 or

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