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The Swampby Mark Silva "Barack Obama has a serious iPod,'' says Will Dana, managing editor of Rolling Stone magazine. John Coltrane. Stevie Wonder Bruce Springsteen, and more. These are among the personal details that Jann Wenner, editor of the music magazine,.......
Ask anyone who loves jazz to the name the top tenor saxophonist of all time, and he or she probably will answer in a flash. To many, it's Sonny Rollins, at 82 still a giant. Or Gene Ammons, the long-gone, soulful player from the South Side of Chicago....
The Hartford CourantFor Brett D. Hellerman, CEO of Wood Creek Capital Management LLC in New Haven, buying one of the most prominent independent record companies is a coup for several reasons, not least a partnership with a revered Hollywood legend. Wood Creek's purchase...
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...
When it comes to playing through pain, Chicago tenor saxophonist Frank Catalano has more experience than most of his colleagues. Eighteen years ago, he severed the middle finger of his right hand while fixing his car, enduring surgery to reattach it and...
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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...
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Guitarist Larry Coryell has performed with drummer Paul Wertico and bassist Larry Gray so often that when they reunited Thursday night at the Jazz Showcase, they sounded as if they were resuming a conversation in midstream. Coryell visits Chicago...
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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...
Drummer Jack DeJohnette is having a very good year. In January, he received a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award, widely considered the country's highest jazz honor. Subsequent accolades from the Copenhagen Jazz Festival in February and...
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane has developed into such a distinctive voice that expectations ran high for his return to the Jazz Showcase. All the more because of his important work on his recent Blue Note Records debut, "Spirit Fiction," which showed Coltrane...
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Wild Belle – built on the brother-sister duo of Elliot and Natalie Bergman -- has had quite a year so far. The band released a breezily enchanting single, “Keep You”; shopped a self-financed, self-produced album that attracted...
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Revered around the world but never a major star, worshipped by critics and connoisseurs but perpetually strapped for cash, the towering Chicago tenor saxophonist Von Freeman practically went out of his way to avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles...
Tags: Steppenwolf Theatre, NPR, Music, Fred Anderson, Chicago
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