| Aug 13, 2012
| 2:44 PM
Von Freeman recorded too infrequently for an artist of his stature, but his slender discography nonetheless sheds light on one of the most influential jazz men Chicago has produced:
“Doin' It Right Now” (Atlantic, 1972). Freeman's belated...
| Nov 29, 2012
| 2:43 PM
Can a live lit show about all things current find happiness in a jazz club steeped in a century of history? That’s what Christopher Piatt aims to find out this weekend as he moves The Paper Machete to the storied music club.
Piatt, a former Time...
| Nov 22, 2012
Chicago jazz listeners have a great deal to be thankful for this Thanksgiving weekend:
Muriel Anderson: Three years ago, the mighty Chicago jazz guitarist John Moulder enriched one of his many engagements at the Green Mill Jazz Club by sharing the stage...
| Nov 9, 2012
| 1:21 PM
Only one clarinetist on earth could have come up with the album "Claroscuro," its stylistic breadth expressing the singular esthetic of soloist Anat Cohen.
That Cohen careens on this disc from original compositions to Brazilian fare, from historic...
| Nov 13, 2012
| 9:06 AM
Jazz took root in Poland long ago – even before World War II – and the country has prized it ever since.
If the music lived underground in the 1950s, when the Soviet Union considered it "decadent," Polish listeners – and their...
| Nov 17, 2012
| 8:55 AM
Jazz artists love to take chances, and Chicago singer Grazyna Auguscik has taken a big one with her plunge into the music of Nick Drake.
The eclectic British singer-songwriter died in 1974, at age 26, his slim discography never embraced by the wide...
| Nov 15, 2012
| 10:09 AM
The songs of Nick Drake get under your skin, insinuating their way into your consciousness through the gentle contours of their melody lines and the expressive urgency of their lyrics.
And though Drake died in 1974, at age 26, with a slender...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 4:22 PM
You don't need Doc Brown's time machine to catch a glimpse of Chicago's history. You need only to visit Dinkel's Bakery in Lakeview....
| Mar 5, 2010
| 4:14 PM
Billy Lombardo does most of his writing at a little red table beside a window in his kitchen, a cheerful room with yellow floors, green walls, blue countertops and a pantry door etched with pencil dashes marking the heights of two growing sons.
| Aug 31, 2010
| 1:16 PM
- September 1: Louis Armstrong once said,"If you have to ask what jazz is, you'll never know." On this program, Milt is joined by Chicago Tribune jazz critic, Howard Reich, author of Let Freedom Swing: Collected Writings on Jazz, Blues, and Gospel, and...
| Feb 22, 2011
| 10:00 PM
**1/2 (out of four)
For many years, jazz singer/scatman extraordinaire Ron Cooper was a figure in Chicago jazz, performing at the Green Mill and influencing local staples like Von Freeman and Fareed Haque (both of whom appear in this documentary, shot...