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No doubt there's a certain spiritual appeal to "Be Still," the most recent recording of trumpeter Dave Douglas. As he has explained in interviews and on the recording's brief liner notes, the hymns on the album were suggested by his mother and performed...
Tags: Vocal Music (genre), Donovan, Music, Entertainment
Trombonist Jeb Bishop has been a key player on Chicago's avant-garde jazz scene for the past two decades, working prolifically with such similarly indispensable figures as reedists Ken Vandermark and Dave Rempis, guitarist Jeff Parker and bassist Kent...
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...
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...
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...
Tags: Nick Drake, Jazz (genre), Music, Music Industry, Entertainment
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...
Tags: Nick Drake, Irving Park, Music, Music Industry, Entertainment
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...
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...
How fitting that a festival exploring a theme as vast as "America" should be playing stages across Chicago next month. For no art form reflects the fundamentals of the American experiment more urgently than jazz, and no city has contributed more to the...
Tags: U.S. Navy, Jazz (genre), Louis Armstrong, Democracy, Artie Shaw
The centennial of the inimitable jazz composer Billy Strayhorn doesn't come around until 2015, but, in a way, the festivities will begin this weekend in the Chicago area. A three-day Billy Strayhorn Jazz Festival organized by the Music Institute of...
Chicago always has produced jazz giants, larger-than-life figures whose art towers over that of mere mortals. Who are today's Chicago jazz giants? Following is an annotated guide to some of the titans who will be performing during the fall season: Art...
Tags: Lincoln Center, Festive Events, Arts, Arts and Culture, Music
Any doubts that the fall season has gotten fully underway should be swept aside by this weekend's nearly brisk lineup of jazz offerings: "Women of Chicago Jazz Piano": Jazz listeners tend to think of Chicago as a tenor saxophone town, and for good...
Tags: Plymouth, Lincoln Center, Gene Ammons, Concerts, Louis Armstrong
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