| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:40 PM
The most anticipated jazz recordings of the fall season:
Linda Oh: "Sun Pictures" (current). Best known for her work with trumpeter Dave Douglas, bassist Oh conceived her third album as a chronicle of her journeys around the world.
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:16 AM
Now that the fall season is in full swing, each week unfolds as a kind of mini-festival of stylistically far-flung attractions.
Consider the highlights of the next seven days:
Everett Greene: Great bass-baritones remain scarce in jazz, not...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Last year, Chicago bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery won richly deserved national acclaim for "By a Little Light," a daring, unconventional double album that ranked among the most hauntingly beautiful jazz releases of 2012. By merging jazz, classical and...
| Jun 14, 2013
| 8:27 AM
Rudyard Kipling hated Chicago. "It holds rather more than a million of people with bodies, and stands on the same sort of soil as Calcutta," wrote the man whom George Orwell dubbed "the prophet of British imperialism in its expansionist phase,"...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 9:52 AM
There once was a time when going to a jazz set meant escaping the TV, the computer, the smart phone – the entire over-connected world we live in.
The jazz club and concert hall served as a kind of sanctuary, relieving us – if only for a...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Two Chicago professional choral ensembles have announced their 2013-14 seasons.
The versatile vocal group Chicago a cappella will launch its third decade with a look back at the diverse repertory that has been its trademark for the previous 20 years....
| Nov 28, 2013
Nobody knows finales like the guy behind Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as anyone who has witnessed the lasers, fire, fog and sensory overload of TSO's arena concerts can attest.
So it wasn't without careful consideration that TSO creator Paul O'Neill...
| Sep 1, 2013
| 8:13 AM
In a single stroke, the Chicago Jazz Festival went from grunge to glamour over the weekend, thanks to a simple – and desperately needed – change of address.
For its first 34 years, the long-suffering, often cash-strapped event subjected...
| Nov 26, 2013
| 12:19 PM
Chico Hamilton, a sublimely understated jazz drummer and, for a time, a remarkably prominent one, died Monday in Manhattan, according to news reports. He was 92.
Hamilton, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, epitomized the “cool”...
| Aug 27, 2013
| 12:58 PM
FISH CREEK, Wisc. – Chicago visitors planning a summer getaway to Door County – the scenic sliver of land separating the waters of Green Bay and Lake Michigan – have more to indulge their cravings than taking in the galleries and shops,...
| Aug 21, 2013
Before Nat "King" Cole conquered the world, he studied music under Capt. Walter Dyett.
So did singer Johnny Hartman, pianists Dorothy Donegan and John Young, tenor saxophone giants Von Freeman, Gene Ammons and Johnny Griffin and other musicians too...