| Oct 31, 2013
| 7:23 AM
After the success of last year's Billy Strayhorn Festival, perhaps it was inevitable that the Music Institute of Chicago would convene a subsequent tribute to a major jazz figure.
This time, the two-day soiree will cast a spotlight on Benny Goodman,...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 6:54 AM
When Chicago cornetist-bandleader Rob Mazurek launched his Exploding Star Orchestra in Millennium Park in 2005, few would have predicted that it would become the centerpiece of his musical life.
True, this was a strong debut, Mazurek leading fellow...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 8:02 AM
This will be a singular weekend in Chicago jazz, with a remarkable breadth of activity and styles. Among the highlights:
Herbie Hancock: We face a shortage of jazz legends these days, the old ones having passed away and the new ones unlikely to match...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 7:40 AM
Each weekend seems to bring another jazz festival, the recent Englewood and Hyde Park events leading to yet another on Friday and Saturday nights: the 11th annual Chicago Gypsy Jazz Festival at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
True, Chicago guitarist Alfonso...
| Sep 15, 2013
| 8:15 AM
Five years ago, Chicago pianist-composer Ryan Cohan led his quartet on an African tour sponsored by the U.S. State Department and came back loaded with musical ideas.
He gathered them up for his suite "The River," which he premiered with a septet in...
| Sep 10, 2013
| 11:02 AM
The fall season brings a new wave of jazz recordings by Chicago artists, each exploring a distinct facet of the music.
Some of the albums prove stronger than others, but together they attest to the depth of talent and range of expression that make...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 1:09 PM
Dana Hall's Black Fire: Chicago drummer-composer Hall continues his exploration into music of unjustly overlooked pianist-innovator Andrew Hill. 9 p.m. Tuesdays in September and October at Andy's Jazz Club, 11 E. Hubbard St.; $10 at 312-642-6805 or...
| Jul 11, 2013
| 10:54 AM
Last year, Chicago bassist-bandleader Matt Ulery won richly deserved national acclaim for "By a Little Light," a daring, unconventional double album that ranked among the most hauntingly beautiful jazz releases of 2012. By merging jazz, classical and...
| Aug 29, 2013
| 6:17 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival gets into full swing this weekend, with free shows at Millennium Park, near Randolph Drive and Michigan Avenue.
Following is a guide to some of the most promising sets, plus a listing of after-fest sessions. For...
| Aug 15, 2013
| 6:16 AM
The 35th annual Chicago Jazz Festival is less than two weeks away, and the tempo music-making in Chicago – always brisk – quickens.
Consider what the next seven days have in store:
David Boykin. A Chicago saxophonist with an...
| Aug 11, 2013
| 7:49 AM
Chicago has a remarkable knack for producing young jazz artists with unusual voices, and one of them made a strong showing over the weekend at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
Pianist Rob Clearfield has turned in consistently interesting and significant work...