| Aug 18, 2013
| 2:53 PM
I heard rock 'n' roll's future, and its name is Headphones & Snowcones.
Let me explain. Saturday night, at the open-air venue at Northerly Island on Chicago's lakefront, the Chicago-based "jam band" Umphrey's McGee played one of its usual raucous...
| Nov 22, 2013
| 8:20 AM
For anyone who values early period jazz played at an inspired technical and artistic level, Thursday night was a significant occasion in Chicago.
The Fat Babies, an increasingly admired septet specializing in music of the pre-bebop 1920s and '30s, was...
| Jul 6, 2013
| 8:07 AM
With few exceptions, Ravinia has not gone out of its way to provide exposure for young conductors who are making their way up the professional ladder and who have yet to become household names. Fortunately the Grant Park Music Festival and its principal...
| Jun 30, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Now that the Chicago Symphony Orchestra is about to renew an annual summer relationship with North Shore audiences that goes back nearly 80 years, and now that the CSO has established a continuing presence on Chicago's South Side, it sees only natural...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 11:22 AM
If the buoyant, joyous music-making that guitarist Russell Malone brought to the Jazz Showcase on Thursday night was designed to lift spirits, it surely succeeded. For in up-tempo tunes and ballads, in blues and bebop and what-not Malone consistently...
| Aug 8, 2012
Until three weeks ago, no jazz club owner ever had been selected to receive the country's pre-eminent jazz honor: the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship, which carries with it $25,000 and considerable prestige.
Anyone who follows...
| Nov 21, 2013
| 11:28 AM
It would be easy to dismiss Chicago guitarist-bandleader Joel Paterson as a mere nostalgist.
His work in bands such as the Modern Sounds, Shake 'Em On Down and the Joel Paterson Trio deals mostly in music of the early to mid-20th century, ranging...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:20 PM
2.5 stars (out of 4)
After six years spent focusing primarily on his acting career, Justin Timberlake returned this year with not one but two albums. “The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2” (RCA), released only months after “The 20/20...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:54 AM
When Chicago cornetist-bandleader Rob Mazurek launched his Exploding Star Orchestra in Millennium Park in 2005, few would have predicted that it would become the centerpiece of his musical life.
True, this was a strong debut, Mazurek leading fellow...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 2:01 PM
Riccardo Muti often has deplored stage directors who run roughshod over the intentions of operatic composers such as his beloved Giuseppe Verdi. There was no danger of that occurring at Saturday's long-awaited performance of Verdi's "Macbeth" by the...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 7:51 AM
Seven years ago, an ad hoc group of South Siders decided to stage a neighborhood jazz festival unlike anything else in the city.
Instead of herding musicians and listeners into a one-size-fits-all downtown park, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival would present...