| May 23, 2013
| 9:21 AM
Though Memorial Day obviously stands as a solemn occasion, the holiday weekend surely offer listeners a chance to catch up on concert-going. Among the highlights:
Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic: The nearly ubiquitous Chicago trumpeter leads his...
| May 18, 2013
| 7:07 AM
Four years ago, Chicago drummer Dana Hall made a stunning recording debut as bandleader, earning wide critical acclaim for his album "Into the Light" (Origin Records). Though jazz listeners already knew that Hall was a powerhouse drummer with intellect to...
| 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...
| Feb 12, 2013
| 3:18 PM
Trumpeter Bobby Lewis, singer Tammy McCann, saxophonist Eric Schneider and guitarist John Moulder will headline the Fourth Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival, running March 12-22.
As always, the event will support hunger relief in Chicago, with musicians and...
| Feb 14, 2013
| 10:46 AM
The death of esteemed Chicago pianist Ken Chaney in December, at age 73, caught his fans by surprise and left a hole in the city's musical life.
As bandleader, he presided over such distinctive ensembles as the funk-tinged Ken Chaney Xperience, which...
| Jan 31, 2013
| 11:32 AM
Twenty-five years ago, Chicago bluesman Corky Siegel unveiled a project that continues to obsess him.
He called it Chamber Blues, and since its Midwest premiere in 1988 at the Paramount Arts Centre in Aurora, the project has blossomed into an ongoing...
| May 21, 2013
| 1:46 PM
What does Israeli jazz sound like?
It's experimental and traditional, edgy and relaxed, forward-looking and retrospective.
The music of this cosmopolitan culture, in other words, proves as stylistically wide-ranging as you might hope of a Middle...
| May 16, 2013
| 12:39 PM
Though its population hovers at just 8 million, Israel has become a powerhouse in nurturing high-caliber jazz talent.
Chicago concertgoers are well acquainted with Anat Cohen, the uncommonly versatile Israeli clarinetist who's based in New York and...
| May 9, 2013
| 9:10 AM
Chicago jazz musician Miguel de la Cerna likes to refer to himself as "your basic piano player, commercial musician," but that modest self-assessment greatly understates the case.
De la Cerna proved the point dramatically last year, when he partnered...
| May 11, 2013
| 7:15 AM
The pleasant, thoroughly intelligent, often-engaging, sometimes frustrating show set that Karrin Allyson played Friday night at the Green Mill Jazz Club started out strongly and ended that way, too.
In between, it lost some steam when Allyson headed...
| Sep 13, 2012
| 8:03 AM
When Chicago trumpeter Victor Garcia picks up his horn on Friday night, he'll be making news in at least two ways.
He'll be leading a new septet, and he'll be introducing listeners to a potentially major new room: the performance hall at the University...