| Jan 3, 2013
| 12:52 PM
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights:
Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
| Dec 23, 2012
| 8:52 AM
Pianist Ken Chaney wasn't as famous as many of his Chicago colleagues, but the high caliber of his playing, the originality of his composing-arranging and the extent of his advocacy efforts for jazz made him an important figure in Chicago music.
| 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...
| Jan 18, 2012
| 4:32 PM
From the perennial Shrimp Festival to the newer Fernandina Film Festival, Amelia Island has a full slate of family-friendly events on the schedule for 2012. Here's a look: Amelia Island Book Festival: February 17-19 With two full days of programs, socials...
| Mar 18, 2012
| 3:33 PM
The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center's 20-anniversary year will unfold with the presentation of Winter Jazz, Pasquerillas signature fundraising event. It will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, featuring renowned vocalist, Jane Monheit.
Monheit, a touring...
| Oct 30, 2012
| 7:40 AM
Chicago singer-songwriter Terry Callier never received a fraction of the acclaim he deserved, but nobody who heard him ever forgot him.
The imploring, incantatory quality of his vocals distinguished him from peers, as did his knack for mixing elements of...
| Jun 16, 2012
| 5:37 PM
The 2012 Playboy Jazz Festival Order of Appearance
Saturday, June 16: The LAUSD/Beyond the Bell All City Jazz Band Louie Cruz Beltran Latin Jazz Ensemble Cos of Good Music The Soul Rebels Global Gumbo All Stars Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings Christian...
| Mar 1, 2012
Nearly 20 years ago, I had the pleasure of covering a remarkable movement in Chicago: a campaign to build a National Jazz Museum here. The idea was to create an institution – and an edifice – that would become a jazz nexus in a city...
| Mar 7, 2012
| 10:21 PM
The Ravinia Festival remains one of the nation’s heavyweight classical music impresarios even if it increasingly finds itself in the position of playing Goliath to the David of the Grant Park Music Festival at Millennium Park. Ho-hum symphonic...
| Mar 8, 2012
Ravinia Festival in Highland Park, IL announced this season's lineup Thursday, including more than 100 events between June 7th- Sept. 9th, 2012.
Get ready to pack your picnic basket because this summer the Ravinia Festival offers something for everyone...
| Dec 5, 2012
| 3:18 PM
Dave Brubeck changed the sound of jazz in profound ways, unexpectedly becoming something of a pop star in the process.
Starting in the mid-1950s, in fact, he emerged as a symbol of jazz in America, and well beyond, gracing the cover of Time magazine...