| Aug 23, 2012
| 1:18 PM
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...
| Aug 23, 2012
| 12:56 PM
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...
| Aug 24, 2012
| 12:28 PM
Two months ago, the Chicago Gospel Music Festival made a bold move, presenting performances for the first time on the South Side of Chicago, in Ellis Park. Throngs turned out.
Next month, the World Music Festival will take a bold step, for the first time...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 10:42 AM
The most intriguing work at this year's Chicago Jazz Festival, running Thursday through Sunday, may come from the horn of MacArthur "genius grant" winner Ken Vandermark.
As this year's artist-in-residence, the hyperinventive Chicago reedist-bandleader-...
| Aug 30, 2012
| 9:55 AM
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...
| Aug 31, 2012
| 8:46 AM
The pleasant, populist program that opened the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival on Thursday night certainly had a great deal going for it.
Three top Chicago vocalists. The splendid Chicago Jazz Orchestra. And the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park,...
| Sep 2, 2012
| 8:47 AM
The Chicago Jazz Festival really ought to be marketed as a roller-coaster ride, its thrilling musical highs counterbalanced by its sudden, plummeting lows.
The 34th annual event, which ends Sunday night in Grant Park, careened freely between the two...
| Sep 3, 2012
| 7:53 AM
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...
| Sep 7, 2012
| 12:47 PM
If you've ever attended a major jazz event in Chicago, there's a good chance you've met Judith Stein.
She's the enthusiastic woman perpetually doling out postcards for the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, urging everyone to come to the South Side for what has...
| Aug 13, 2012
| 4:07 PM
Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
| Jun 28, 2013
| 9:45 AM
Next Tuesday will be a tough night for Chicago singer-impresario Geraldine de Haas and her husband, bassist Eddie de Haas. But it should be quite gratifying, too.
A large segment of Chicago's jazz community – top singers, pianists, saxophonists,...