| Mar 25, 2013
| 5:45 AM
The brawny, brainy music that Ken Vandermark presented over the weekend at the Green Mill Jazz Club appealed to many sensibilities.
For starters, the very sight of nine instrumentalists crowded onto the tiny stage of the Mill — each a force in his...
| Mar 21, 2013
| 11:44 AM
Last June, Chicago reedist-bandleader Ken Vandermark convened a high-powered band for a specific and daunting purpose.
Colleague Dave Rempis had asked Vandermark to think of something special he wanted to do to celebrate innovative programming by...
| Mar 9, 2013
| 7:06 AM
Though trumpeter Brad Goode left Chicago in 1997 for Cincinnati and then Boulder, where he now teaches at the University of Colorado, his identity remains tied to this city.
He titled his newest album "Chicago Red" (Origin Records) and over the...
| Mar 10, 2013
| 10:02 PM
In less than a month, a new performing arts center will open its doors in Chicago.
Or perhaps it's best to call it a new/old venue, its novel concept taking root in a familiar building.
Come April 1, the noted Chicago jazz drummer and impresario...
| Mar 14, 2013
| 10:01 AM
During the past year, Chicago listeners have heard trumpeter Victor Garcia in more musical contexts than any single player could be expected to master.
He hit hard in drummer Dana Hall's band at the Green Mill last month; debuted his own feisty, full-...
| Feb 28, 2013
| 9:42 AM
Twenty-five years ago, a talented young musician ventured here from Fort Wayne, Ind., to try her luck in the big city.
Today, Beckie Menzie stands at the center of Chicago cabaret, her work as accompanist indispensable to uncounted singers, her...
| Mar 5, 2013
| 9:40 AM
Imagine a jazz festival in which all the musicians and venues donate their services, and all the proceeds go to feed the hungry.
In Chicago, that's not a dream but a reality, thanks to the efforts of Father John Moulder, a Catholic priest who also...
| Feb 21, 2013
| 10:05 AM
Last year was a volatile one for the inimitable Chicago drummer-bandleader-composer Dana Hall.
With the considerable help of ace arts administrator Kate Dumbleton, Hall had rejuvenated the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, which William Russo had created at...
| Feb 23, 2013
| 7:28 AM
Chicago drummer Dana Hall calls his jazz quartet "spring," but Friday night at the Green Mill it turned out to be more than a single ensemble.
The core lineup sometimes expanded to a quintet or sextet, sometimes returned to its core identity, defying...
| Feb 7, 2013
| 9:17 AM
Cole Porter died nearly half a century ago – in 1964 at age 73 – yet his songs remain as ubiquitous today as they were then.
Which helps explain why one of Chicago's top cabaret singers, Joan Curto, this week is launching an evening-length...
| Jun 6, 2013
| 12:49 PM
If jazz listeners ruled the world, saxophonist-composer Wayne Shorter's forthcoming 80th birthday – on Aug. 25 – would be deemed a national holiday.
That doesn't seem likely at this point, so Chicago will celebrate the occasion a bit early...