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Howard Reich

Howard Reich has covered the arts for the Tribune since 1978 and joined the staff in 1983. He has written five books: "Portraits in Jazz," "Let Freedom Swing," "Jelly’s Blues" (with William Gaines), "Van Cliburn" and "Prisoner of Her Past" (originally published as "The First and Final Nightmare of Sonia Reich"). The latter inspired the PBS documentary film "Prisoner of Her Past," which Reich wrote, narrated and co-produced. He has served on the jury for the Pulitzer Prize in Music four times, including the first time a jazz work won: Wynton Marsalis’ "Blood on the Fields." Reich has won an Emmy Award; two Deems Taylor Awards from ASCAP; Alumni Merit Award from Northwestern University; Bravo Award from Dominican University; Anne Keegan Award and eight Peter Lisagor Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists; and an Excellence in Journalism Award from the Chicago Association of Black Journalists. The Chicago Journalists Association named him Chicago Journalist of the Year in 2011 and has given him three Sarah Brown Boyden Awards.
The making of powerhouse blues prodigy Shemekia Copeland, grown up and with a voice all her own

She's called the greatest female blues singer under 40. Chicago Tribune critic Howard Reich writes in-depth about blues singer Shemekia Copeland, daughter of blues great Johnny Copeland.

'Oscar, With Love' is a jazzy tribute to piano virtuoso Oscar Peterson

Last year, Oscar Peterson's widow, Kelly, invited Ramsey Lewis, Chick Corea and other jazz greats to record the virtuoso's music on his Bösendorfer Imperial grand. The result is 'Oscar, With Love.'

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