| Mar 20, 2012
| 9:37 AM
Ambassador Herbie Hancock believes what the world needs is a little jazz diplomacy.
The renowned jazz pianist's first major initiative since being named a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador last July is to establish International Jazz Day to be held on April...
| Sep 14, 2012
| 7:28 AM
When pianist Mulgrew Miller led his trio at the Jazz Showcase a couple of years ago, he sounded effective but a bit too reserved to give full voice to his art.
On Thursday night, Miller brought the same band to the same room but turned in a notably...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 8:39 AM
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has developed into such a distinctive voice that expectations ran high for his return to the Jazz Showcase. All the more because of his important work on his recent Blue Note Records debut, "Spirit Fiction," which showed Coltrane...
| Dec 4, 2012
| 1:26 PM
You usually don't hear jazz singers taking on James Brown's "Sex Machine" or Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze."
But one brave Chicago vocalist will be plunging headlong into this music Friday night, when the apparently fearless Dee Alexander takes the...
| Aug 5, 2012
| 6:00 AM
Tenor saxophonist and bandleader Ernie Watts has long been identified as a Los Angeles artist, but his local appearances are a precious commodity. He spends much of the year traveling the world as a visiting soloist or relaxing at home in Cambria, so when...
| Oct 6, 2012
Pianist Benny Green tried something different Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, devoting an extended first set entirely to original compositions.
You'd have to be a fairly accomplished composer, however, to sustain interest in 90 minutes of self-...
| Oct 5, 2012
| 12:11 PM
Glendale Pops subscribers probably don’t know the name or music of 30-year-old Miles Mosley, a bassist and composer who headlines Saturday with the Glendale Pops Orchestra at the Alex Theatre. The pairing is a departure for a series more likely to...
| Apr 22, 2012
As one of the last living participants in Hartford's exuberant Golden Age of Jazz after World War II — an era when future giants Horace Silver and Gigi Gryce graced the swinging club scene in the North End — pianist Emery Austin Smith is...
| May 1, 2012
| 1:43 PM
PORTLAND, Ore. — With a new Mark Rothko retrospective (and some even more eye-catching surprises) at the Portland Art Museum, Portland has plenty of visual-arts stimulation to offer — as well as music, dance, theater, literary happenings and...
| Nov 1, 2012
| 12:29 PM
Drummer Jack DeJohnette is having a very good year.
In January, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, widely considered the country's highest jazz honor. Subsequent accolades from the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in February and...
| 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...