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Pianist Benny Green took a few chances Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, and the risks paid off handsomely – for both him and his listeners. The move was significant because Green typically plays with so much polish, precision and control...
Tags: Music Industry, Music, Entertainment, Joe Segal
In the world of jazz, there aren't many things you can count on, but one of them is that Eric Reed will swing. Hard. He reaffirmed that tenet from his first robustly stated notes Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, the pianist digging deeply into the...
Tags: Thelonious Monk, Music, Entertainment, Dave Brubeck
It never has been easy to define jazz, but the task won't be any simpler at this weekend's UCF Orlando Jazz Festival, which aims to introduce music fans to the scope of the genre's influences. At concerts Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, at the...
On stage, he was a volcano, torrents of sound pouring from the bell of his tenor saxophone. In person, he couldn't be gentler, a soft-spoken jazz giant who nurtured generations of musicians and, therefore, enhanced Chicago's stature as a nexus of...
The revered jazz bassist Charlie Haden hopes he can give a brief speech when he picks up his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Recording Academy the day before the Grammys are broadcast on Feb. 10. But Haden sometimes has difficulty speaking, and...
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...
Each January, the Jazz Showcase turns its spotlight toward Chicago artists, enabling the club to bypass costlier touring attractions at a time of year when audiences typically are small. That's a boon not only to the city's musicians but to listeners,...
Tags: Peggy Lee, Music Industry, Music, Jim Ryan, Entertainment
Any president's second term offers another shot at fulfilling dreams that got away the first time around. So while President Barack Obama is strategizing on immigration, unemployment, the deficit and, oh yes, the fiscal cliff, I'd like to add one more...
The performer bounds onto the stage, and even before the applause has died down he's standing in front of the microphone, riffing freely. As his solo takes flight, he picks up the tempo, his thoughts rushing out in a torrent. Quickly, he develops...
How fitting that "August is Charlie Parker Month" festivities at the Jazz Showcase would culminate with a two-week stint by one of the greatest bebop players in the world, multi-instrumentalist Ira Sullivan. Many top-flight artists cycle through the...
Though the 34th annual Chicago Jazz Festival surely has its flaws, it generates tremendous energy and interest for America's greatest gift to the arts: jazz. The festival proper features major shows at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and Aug. 31 at Pritzker...
Until three weeks ago, no jazz club owner ever had been selected to receive the country's pre-eminent jazz honor: the National Endowment for the Arts' Jazz Masters Fellowship, which carries with it $25,000 and considerable prestige. Anyone who follows...
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