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Los Angeles Times Staff WriterIt took just one month for a new freeway mural in Ventura to be hit by graffiti. The tagger was considerate, however, taking pains not to mar the piece, which commemorates a neighborhood destroyed in the 1950s to make way for the 101 Freeway. Instead of...
What does Israeli jazz sound like? It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective. The music of this cosmopolitan culture, in other words, proves as stylistically wide-ranging as you might hope of a Middle...
Four years ago, Chicago drummer Dana Hall made a stunning recording debut as bandleader, earning wide critical acclaim for his album "Into the Light" (Origin Records). Though jazz listeners already knew that Hall was a powerhouse drummer with intellect to...
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Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent. Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too. In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed...
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Chicago jazz musician Miguel de la Cerna likes to refer to himself as "your basic piano player, commercial musician," but that modest self-assessment greatly understates the case. De la Cerna proved the point dramatically last year, when he partnered...
If there were ever any doubt that violinist Zach Brock stands poised for a major career, it was obliterated Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club. Not that Brock's performance was particularly dramatic or flamboyant. Quite the contrary, the...
Tags: Entertainment, Thelonious Monk, Music
When Dave Linne graduated from Naperville Central High School he couldn't wait to leave the western suburbs. But years later looking back at his career writing ads for McDonald's, Kraft, Disney, Pepsi, Nintendo, Hallmark and more, he realized the impact...
When singer-pianist Diane Schuur headlined at the Jazz Showcase last week, she wasn't the most commanding player on stage. At leat not whenever Chicago saxophonist Pat Mallinger stepped up to solo. Each time he brought the mouthpiece to his lips,...
Israel long has been a significant nurturer of jazz, and to underscore the point, the Israeli Jazz Fest will make its debut May 19 through 23 at various Chicago venues. The event will be presented by the Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest, which...
For more than three decades, the Palestinian oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen has relentlessly championed his soft-spoken instrument across America and beyond. He has penned solo works, pieces for oud with wind quintet and string quartet and compositions...
In 1994, Orchestra Hall — home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra — took a gamble. The grand old institution for the first time launched a jazz subscription series, betting that Chicagoans would commit to a season of such events, albeit a short...
Tags: Fine Artists, Entertainment, Herbie Hancock, Sean Jones, Music
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