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‘Prairie Home’ host Chris Thile declares ‘I love this gig so much’

When Chris Thile returns to Symphony Center, he will appear in a new guise: host of the long-running radio show…


SCP Jazz Series salutes the genre’s greats throughout 2016-17

Tributes to Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Oscar Peterson and Jazz at 100 are among the programs scheduled for…


For jazz bassist John Patittuci, it all sounds familial

When John Patitucci frames the story of how he became one of hottest bass players in the business, it’s a group shot, not a self-portrait. He’s performed with Herbie Hancock, Stan Getz, Pat Metheny, Wynton Marsalis, Chick Corea. And now, with Wayne Shorter.

Anne-Sophie Mutter, München 2015

Mutterissimo! Anne-Sophie Mutter celebrates 40 years of performance

The international world of violin virtuosos has its up-and-comers, also-rans and middle-of-the-roaders, but Anne-Sophie Mutter has long remained one of…


At 85, Cuba’s Omara Portuondo remains at the peak of her vocal powers

Cuba’s Omara Portuondo, who’s affectionately known as “La Diva, La Reina and La Chica Mas Sexy,” always puts the accent…

SF Jazz Collective photograhed in San Francisco, CA October 23, 2015©Jay Blakesberg

SFJAZZ Collective injects its personality into the music of Miles Davis

As the leader of a well-known jazz quartet, saxophone virtuoso Miguel Zenón is used to basking in the spotlight and…

Anoushka Shankar's new album, Home, marks a return to the Indian classical music her father, Ravi Shankar, taught her.

For Anoushka Shankar, a Symphony Center concert is like coming ‘Home’

Nearly 50 years after her famous father and guru, Ravi Shankar, first played Orchestra Hall as a soloist in October…


Jazz legend Wayne Shorter still going in unexpected directions

Wayne Shorter was reminiscing about his first gig in Chicago … 1959, at the Cloister Inn, with Art Blakey. June…


‘Oscar’s the guy!’ Ramsey Lewis on the greatness of Oscar Peterson

Many years ago, a Chicago high school kid opened the newspaper and saw that a great pianist was soon to…


‘Getting off the bus’ — the amazing (and legendary) Charles Lloyd

Jazz writers tend to overuse the term “legendary.” “Is everybody who’s ever owned a saxophone ‘legendary’?” asks a classical music…


Cleveland’s Franz Welser-Möst believes ‘there’s nothing like competition’

Not that long ago, Franz Welser-Möst was the new kid on the block, after his appointment at just age 38…