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These are very sweet days for Sugar Blue. In a few months, he'll be a father once more, his wife and bass player Ilaria Lantieri expecting their first child together in late May or early June. In the meantime, the two — who own a home in...
Three Northern State University jazz ensembles will give a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Johnson Fine Arts Center. Featured at the concert will be the NSU 1 O’Clock Jazz Ensemble, directed by Terry Beckler, the NSU Jazz Combo, directed...
Tags: Lent, Mardi Gras
Wait a second, top six? That's right, we just tricked you. Since there are several exciting events taking place this weekend, we've decided to add one more event to our top picks! Interested in going to a family-friendly event that the kiddos will...
NEW YORK -- Kimberly Ovitz, the daughter of Hollywood power player Michael Ovitz, showed her fall-winter 2013 collection Thursday afternoon at New York Fashion Week. The setting was the now-vacant Cafe Rouge, site of historic performances by such jazz...
The Jazz Ensemble from Downers Grove South High School was selected to compete at a nationwide jazz festival this spring. The group is one of 12 bands from 10 states that will square off in the eighth annual Swing Central Jazz competition in Savannah,...
Tags: Music Theater, Schools, Festive Events, Charlie Parker, Theater
The four male street dancers of the Soul Street Dance Company (pictured), from Houston, Texas, play up their poppin' and lockin' skills to the music of, um, Count Basie, Elvis Presley, the Tempatations, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson? The show's about...
Ray Briem, the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band...
The New Year has just begun, but the jazz scene never settles down. Among the weekend's highlights: Rob Mazurek: The enterprising Chicago cornetist has produced remarkable work with his aptly named Exploding Star Orchestra, which conjures a...
B.B. King's tour bus -- or, more accurately, his luxury pad on wheels -- has a stereo rig that's bigger than your iPod collection. The Mississippi Delta boss and legendary blues guitarist stows the monstrosity, a touch-screen Kaleidoscope sound-system,...
Frank Zappa probably would have been intrigued. The Chicago Jazz Orchestra's brave, often brilliant, sometimes thrilling, somewhat flawed Zappa tribute at the Park West on Saturday night gave his music a spotlight it does not routinely receive in the...
Tags: Charles Ives, Music Theater, Music, Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa
There are countless Grateful Dead tribute acts — great ones, the Dark Star Orchestra, for example — who get it right: Jerry Garcia's treble-heavy tone and mixolydian meanderings, Phil Lesh's restless, rootless bass, dual drummers driving the...
Staff WriterThe great saxophonist Ornette Coleman once said that “jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.” And tonight, the Jimmie Cannon’s Valley Jazz will prove Coleman’s point...
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