| 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...
| 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...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 7:57 AM
Are we living in another golden age of jazz pianism?
Historians ultimately will decide, but there's no mistaking the breadth of keyboard sounds rumbling through the early 21st century, from Danilo Perez's buoyant Panamanian rhythms and Vijay Iyer's...
| 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...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 11:41 AM
As classical music organizations continue to suffer the effects of the massive economic temblor that hit the nation some four years ago, just maintaining the status quo without major losses of funding or audience represents a victory.
One such shining...
| Nov 18, 2013
| 1:18 PM
To understand why live musicians are so important to musical theater, you need only spend some time with "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical," the new seasonal attraction at the Broadway Playhouse, which features a cast of 24 actors but not a...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 8:07 AM
Famous as he is in other city neighborhoods, suburbs and countries across the globe, Billy Corgan was just another tall, bald, white guy wearing a Bears jersey (No. 1), standing against the gymnasium wall at Christian Fenger Academy High School on the Far...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 6:22 AM
Dave Davies is responsible for one of the pivotal moments in rock 'n' roll, when he sliced the speaker cone of his little green amplifier and ran it through a larger Vox amp to create the distorted guitar sound that drove the Kinks' 1964 breakthrough...
| 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...
| Nov 12, 2013
| 11:30 AM
If Georg Solti carried the Chicago Symphony Orchestra to international glory, it was another larger-than-life Hungarian, Fritz Reiner, who gave it the power on which that glory continues to reside.
There is no better time for all who treasure the CSO,...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 1:10 PM
"Jimmy Fallon!" WMAQ-Ch-5 anchor Allison Rosati half announced and half shouted, cupping her hands around her mouth.
And Fallon, entering the newsroom set at NBC's Chicago station, where maybe 15 people were waiting, responded with a "Hey" that pushed...