The violin has played an important if sometimes overlooked role in jazz, as witness the historic contributions of such diverse string players as Stuff Smith, Jean-Luc Ponty and Billy Bang. Building on the achievements of such role models, Chicagoan James Sanders occupies his own special niche as a violinist in bridging the Latin music he was born into as the son of a Dominican
For 15 years, guitarist John McLean and a bunch of his string-bending friends have participated in a Christmas charity performance at Chicago's historic Green Mill. Today, festgoers will be treated to a different kind of seasonal cheer when McLean, he of the exquisite lyrical touch, reunites with his partners in Guitar Madness – Dave Onderdonk, Mike Allemana, John Moulder, Neil
"AfroMiddleEasternJazzFusion – Flying gracefully through mystic realms of musical fantasy." That's how this longstanding electric band describes itself on its website, and since its long-running Friday night stint at the Ethiopian restaurant Ras Dashen in Edgewater, its groove-based, improvisational music has grown only more infectious and transporting.
On his 2014 album, Under the Skin, saxophonist Edwin Daugherty presented himself as a jazz artist on the synth-pop end of the spectrum, as you might have expected coming from someone who has played with the likes of Barry White and Roberta Flack.
Drummer Greg Rockingham may have been chief instigator and founding member of the late and lamented Deep Blue Organ Trio, but with the brilliant soloists Bobby Broom and Chris Foreman cutting loose on guitar and organ, respectively, he didn't get the attention he deserved. Today, as the leader of his own terrific quartet – four-fifths of his Soul Message Band – he stands to c
Founded in 2006 by Boston-based trumpeter and arranger Brian Carpenter, the 10-piece Ghost Train Orchestra looks back to the very beginnings of the jazz ensemble. Its sound is derived from the work of seminal artists including Chicago legend Tiny Parham, Fletcher Henderson, Fess Williams and Charlie Johnson.
"Music is meant to lift people up, get them to do something positive, whether it's hugging their kids, giving up a parking space to someone, or just smiling at the sunshine," Pharez Whitted said in discussing his 2012 album, For the People.
Earlier this year, Brian OHern and the Model Citizens celebrated their twentieth anniversary as one of the city's feistiest club attractions. An unusual big band that, as catalogued by its leader, plays "straight jazz, out jazz, boogaloos, rock covers, waltzes, marches, church music, hora, bolero, rumba, calypso, corals, and anthems,"
Drummer Nasheet Waits, pianist Orrin Evans and bassist Eric Revis are all recognized for their singular contributions to jazz. Though Waits is best known as a member of Jason Moran's Bandwagon, he has graced the music of many leading artists with his dynamism and surpassing time feel.
Benny Golson is one of the last of a dying breed, twice over. He's one of a handful of surviving giants on the tenor saxophone, a soloist of immaculate style, soulful depth and instantly identifiable expression
The untimely death of Charlie Haden in 2014 not only stole from us one of the two or three greatest jazz bassists of the modern era, it also removed one of the music's true visionaries and conceptualists. If Haden had done nothing more than form the Liberation Music Orchestra, a fluctuating group of all-stars devoted to making soaring humanistic statements, he would deserve a p