| 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...
| Sep 3, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Al Capone, arguably the most famous gangster ever, has grown into a mythic figure, a sort of cigar-chomping, fedora-wearing, machine gun-wielding, vicious, ruthless monster.
To Deirdre Marie Capone, he was simply Uncle Al.
Technically, her granduncle,...
| 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...
| Aug 8, 2013
| 8:47 AM
For the past few years, a remarkable young Chicago pianist has enriched the work of some of this city's most creative jazz musicians.
Without him, Matt Ulery's breakthrough double-album of last year, "By a Little Light," and Ulery's striking new follow-...
| Aug 3, 2013
| 7:17 AM
The harmonica simply was not designed to play music that flies at the velocity that Howard Levy routinely attained Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club.
Yet there he was before a capacity audience, throwing off ideas at outrageous speeds and with...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 8:42 AM
Chicago harmonica virtuoso Howard Levy tours the world with so many bands – among them Bela Fleck and the Flecktones and his own jazz, classical and world-music ventures – that he says he couldn't possibly pick a favorite.
But he surely...
| Jul 30, 2013
| 8:20 AM
It was an era of glamorous stars playing glittering venues in America's most sophisticated cities: Chicago, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles.
America's greatest vocalists were flourishing then, in the 1940s and '50s, Billie Holiday, Bobby Short,...
| Jul 27, 2013
| 7:58 AM
There may be hope yet for the great city of Detroit.
If it can drive through bankruptcy proceedings the way one of its leading jazz ensembles powered through its first show Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club, there could be better times ahead....