| Aug 6, 2013
| 2:56 PM
Now that regime change is under way at WBEZ 91.5 FM, let's consider the music that became something of a four-letter word at the station: jazz.
Last month's announcement that Torey Malatia resigned as president and CEO of Chicago Public Media —...
| Jul 15, 2013
| 9:13 AM
Like baseball and swimming pools, outdoor music festivals —such as ShedFest in Highland Park — have long been synonymous with summer.
This year's two-day version put on by The Shed, a private musician's club, will be Friday and Saturday...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 1:19 PM
About midway through the documentary "Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay" (opening Friday at the Music Box Theatre), Jay emerges backstage after a performance and is greeted by a roomful of people. As he acknowledges his well-...
| May 30, 2013
| 10:01 AM
During the 30th annual Chicago Blues Festival next week, any set definition of the music — or this event's scope — should be busted apart. No doubt, this city will always be identified with the voices of Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters, but...
| Mar 18, 2013
| 6:46 AM
ATLANTA - Artists and writers draw inspiration from the time-frozen landscapes of the Mississippi Delta. Roots music fans frequent those lonesome highways to feel the spirits of bluesmen past.
I go for the food.
The Delta is a poor area with a rich...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 11:00 PM
When Jody Williams took the stage Wednesday night at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, he didn't dive into a rendition of the blues standard "Don't Start Me to Talkin'." But it might have been appropriate.
The 78-year-old Williams, a...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:50 PM
Ask Jody Williams about Howlin' Wolf's legacy, and he'll rattle off remarkable numbers about the old Chicago bluesman.
Not chart statistics. Measurements.
"Well, he was a pretty big man," said Williams, 78, who played guitar for Wolf (a.k.a. Chester...
| Mar 7, 2013
| 8:50 PM
In terms of record sales, Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf have nothing on U2 or Mariah Carey — no No. 1 singles or albums between them. But pop music history would be inconceivable without their influence. Here are a few places it can be found:...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 12:32 PM
The look on William "MoBetta" Ledbetter's face told the story. When he stepped into the administrative office at Kecoughtan High School Thursday afternoon, 17-year-old, guitar-playing blues musician was anything but blue.
There were hugs, smiles, laughs...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:57 AM
For Ralph Stanley, the road indeed seems to go on forever. The bluegrass legend, who turns 86 this month, says that touring has gotten easier than when he started out.
"It was harder then," he says by phone. "We have a lot better roads now." The...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 7:59 AM
He is the poet laureate of Chicago jazz and blues, a man who conveys in words as much melody and rhythm as the musicians he immortalizes in print.
For more than four decades, Sterling Plumpp has transformed the sounds of Chicago jazz giants – such...