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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....
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...
Staff WriterAl Jolson can still pack them in the theater, 86 years after ushering in "the talkies" and 63 years after his death. At least that's the idea with the tribute by The Broward County Film Society (also called FLiFF) to the man billed as "The World’s...
It's been nearly 20 years since Jerry Seinfeld began visiting Del Boca Vista, the fictional South Florida retirement community where parents Morty and Helen battled crotchety neighbors, ate dinner at 4:30 p.m., didn't run their AC much and reaffirmed...
No high school in America did more to shape the sound of jazz than a magnificent edifice at 49th Street and Wabash Avenue, on the South Side of Chicago. Singer-pianist Nat "King" Cole, master vocalist Johnny Hartman, piano whiz Dorothy Donegan and...
Music Foreigner: Foreigner will let 'er rip 8 tonight at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. The group's album sales exceed 70 million, with multiplatinum songs that include "Cold As Ice," "Juke Box Hero," and "I Want To Know What...
How fitting that a festival exploring a theme as vast as "America" should be playing stages across Chicago next month. For no art form reflects the fundamentals of the American experiment more urgently than jazz, and no city has contributed more to the...
Last May, during a conference on "Race, Gender & the Blues" at Dominican University, the master harmonica player Sugar Blue addressed the theme in an impassioned, unforgettable soliloquy. Lamenting that blues increasingly has been expropriated by white...
No other orchestra in America looks, sounds or acts quite like Orbert Davis' Chicago Jazz Philharmonic. For though various bands play Third Stream repertoire — a term that loosely refers to jazz-meets-classical fare — the CJP immerses...
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Chicago always has produced jazz giants, larger-than-life figures whose art towers over that of mere mortals. Who are today's Chicago jazz giants? Following is an annotated guide to some of the titans who will be performing during the fall season: Art...
Some gigs seem almost too good to be true: I’ve been covering music for the Tribune for 35 years, since I started freelancing in 1977 and joined the staff in ’83. I sometimes get emails from great musicians traveling the world who tell me...
Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts will present Geri Allen & Timeline, a group that has gained standing ovations throughout the country with its tight combination of jazz piano, bass and drums, and tap percussion. The concert is set for 7:...
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