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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...
Tags: Charlie Parker, Music Industry, Music, Fiscal Cliff, Elections
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...
Tags: Music Industry, 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...
Lois Smith Longtime celebrity publicist Lois Smith, 85, a longtime New York City publicist who worked with celebrities including Marilyn Monroe, Robert Redford and Martin Scorsese, died Sunday from a brain hemorrhage after taking a fall during a trip to...
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...
The jazz world is a network of relationships, between musicians, recordings, traditions and eras, an insular universe where name-dropping is shorthand for a sound, not a way to brag about playing experiences or records you’ve studied. Pianist...
RedEye Sound Board**** (out of 4) If this is your first time experiencing the work of Flying Lotus (real name: Steven Ellison), you might be in over your head. His new full-length “Until the Quiet Comes” subscribes to a different definition of mash-up. No,...
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...
Tags: Ravi Coltrane, Music, Entertainment, Thelonious Monk
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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...
Tags: Barrington, Music, Entertainment
Telegraph Avenue A Novel Michael Chabon Harper: 480 pp, $27.99 "Telegraph Avenue" is so exuberant, it's as if Michael Chabon has pulled joy from the air and squeezed it into the shape of words. A vibrant affection for a place, time and culture —...
Von Freeman was revered as a tenor saxophonist but was never a major star, worshiped by critics but perpetually strapped for cash. He seemed to purposely avoid commercial success. When trumpeter Miles Davis phoned Freeman in the 1950s looking for a...
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