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Some of the best music of the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival played during its finale on Sunday night. But so did some of the worst. Several performances at the Petrillo Music Shell projected quite clearly from the acoustically challenged venue. But...
Now that the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is fully underway – having kicked off Thursday night at Millennium Park – Chicagoans can focus on figuring out what to catch this weekend. Following is an annotated guide to some of the most...
Just moments after Wynton Marsalis took the stage of Orchestra Hall on Tuesday night he addressed a subject on many people's minds: Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman, who died earlier this month at age 88. "He was a legend," Marsalis told a crowded...
A new year brings new hopes for music in Chicago. Here are key resolutions for 2013: Create a concise Cultural Plan. After months of town hall meetings, the city's Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events last fall came up with a 48-page wish...
Any president's second term offers another shot at fulfilling dreams that got away the first time around. So while President Barack Obama is strategizing on immigration, unemployment, the deficit and, oh yes, the fiscal cliff, I'd like to add one more...
Though the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival surely has its flaws, it generates tremendous energy and interest for America's greatest gift to the arts: jazz. The festival proper features major shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 31 at Pritzker...
Fascinating music constantly bubbles up from the caldron that is Chicago jazz, the latest example coming from the horn and pen of Josh Berman. The very fact that he plays cornet, an instrument largely relegated to the history books, and collaborates with...
For anyone intrigued by Chicago jazz, Thursday night's concert at Millennium Park stands as one of the most intensely anticipated event of the summer. But for the widely admired Chicago drummer-composer Frank Rosaly, who will lead the performance, it's...
Jazz lovers, mark your calendars! Some pretty big names are coming to town. Backed by a smooth jazz band, Indy Jazz Fest rolled out its lineup Thursday. The week long festival will include performances by Brian Culbertson, Stanley Clarke and George...
Tags: Arts and Culture, Festive Events
Jazz in Chicago encompasses many overlapping scenes, and one of the most distinctive of them will launch its yearly celebration this weekend. The city's Asian-American community has contributed immeasurably to the richness and range of music in Chicago,...
The performer bounds onto the stage, and even before the applause has died down he's standing in front of the microphone, riffing freely. As his solo takes flight, he picks up the tempo, his thoughts rushing out in a torrent. Quickly, he develops...
The music of Cuba stands at the very root of jazz, its rhythms and song forms intermingling with sounds that emerged in New Orleans as the 19th century slipped into the 20th. Today, when we think of Cuban jazz, we tend to look nostalgically back to...
Tags: Concerts, Cuba, Dizzy Gillespie, Music Industry, Music
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