David Sanborn, Grammy-winning saxophonist who played on hundreds of albums, dies at 78

Equally versatile and prolific, Sanborn enjoyed rare fame and popularity for a saxophone player.

UChicago Presents 2024–25 Season: Roomful of Teeth, Mobley, Reid

Featuring classical, jazz, blues, and other musical forms, the series spans from October to May.

Chicago a cappella Announces 2024–25 Season

Across three programs, the ensemble mines early music, prose, and jazz inspirations in performances in Chicago and its suburbs.

Harris Theater Shares ’24–25 Season

The lineup includes chamber performances, dance, family programming, and more.

Dance Acts Star in Auditorium 2024–25 Season

The Loop’s “theatre for the people” presents music and dance titles from October to May.

Classical Sounds Jazz Playlist

LaRob and Kristina share a playlist that embarks on a musical exploration of the intricate interplay between jazz and classical music, sharing examples of where these two seemingly disparate worlds weave into a harmonious tapestry.

Brain scans of Philly jazz musicians reveal secrets to reaching creative flow

Jazz improvisation is a favorite vehicle for studies — it is a measurable real-world task that allows for divergent thinking.

From ‘Jaws’ to ‘Schindler’s List,’ John Williams has infused movie scores with adventure and emotion

Orchestral demand for John Williams’ music has risen so much that his career as a classical musician is almost as fruitful as his film music work.

Explore New Orleans-Style Jazz

New Orleans is at the nexus of cultures: influences from the African diaspora, from France, from Native American communities, and many more.

Follow Live: Grammy 2024 Winners

Follow live on Sunday, February 4, as music’s biggest awards are given out!

Musical Events for Black History Month

Honor Black artistry with an entire month of exciting musical events — operas, chamber concerts, jazz orchestras, broadcasts, and more!

Playlist: Jazz Takes on Classical Greats

The special bond between jazz and classical is growing closer by the day. So let’s appreciate these incredible renditions of timeless classical favorites!

In Their Own Words: Remembering Those Who Died in 2023

Recognizing the Chicagoans, musicians, artists, and friends of WFMT who died this past year.

Playlist: The Best Classical Christmas Albums of 2023

Stunning renditions of contemporary works, stirring early music performances, and more.

Chicago Holiday Arts Calendar: Enchanting Concerts, Events, Spectacles, and more!

As we look forward to the festivities, we have compiled some of Chicago’s most enticing holiday offerings!

Grammy 2024 Nominees Announced

Peruse the hopefuls for classical, jazz, soundtrack, and more!

Gateways Brass Collective

The Gateways Brass Collective, an all–African American quintet, was founded in 2018 to inspire artists from all backgrounds.

Juneteenth Events in Chicago 2023

Concerts, festivals, and more to celebrate Juneteenth in Chicago.

Grammys add new categories, including for pop dance recording and African music performance

More change is afoot at the Grammys. The Recording Academy announced Tuesday that three new categories will be added to the awards show in 2024.

Wayne Shorter, jazz saxophone pioneer, dies at 89

Earlier in 2023, Shorter won a Grammy for best improvised jazz solo for “Endangered Species” with Leo Genovese.

WFMT Classical Conversations: Chicago Jazz Philharmonic

WFMT hosted Chicago Jazz Philharmonic’s Orbert Davis and Mark Ingram, who discussed Davis’s Emmy-winning score for WTTW’s DuSable to Obama: Chicago’s Black Metropolis, their love of jazz, and more.

2023 Grammy Winners & Nominees in Classical, Jazz, Soundtrack, and More

This year’s Grammys, the 65th annual ceremony, takes place on Sunday, February 5.

Jazzy ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’ swings on after 57 years

“Christmas just doesn’t feel like Christmas without hearing that album in the background,” said Derrick Bang, author of the biography Vince Guaraldi at the Piano.

2023 Grammy Nominees Announced: Classical, Jazz, Soundtrack, and More

The Recording Academy announced its 2023 Grammy nominations on November 15, 2022.

10 Chicago Musical Events for Halloween 2022

Some of the most intriguing, spine-curdling, and spirited musical events all around the Chicago area.

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