10 Jazzed Up Versions of Chopin Classics

Frédéric Chopin is one of the most beloved composers of all time. Here are 10 jazz versions of Chopin that will have you listening to old favorites with new ears.

Classical and Jazz: How Composer and Musician Paquito D’Rivera Thrives in Both

A fourteen-time Grammy Award winner, Cuban-born saxophonist and clarinetist Paquito D’Rivera is revered in both the jazz and classical worlds. When asked about how he is able to work in both realms, D’Rivera says, “It’s just music you know. The great Duke Ellington always said ‘there is only two kinds of music, good music and the other stuff.’ I don’t know what the other stuff is, but I can imagine it!”

Pianist Jacques Loussier Dies at Age 84

Jacques Loussier died on March 5, 2019, at age 84. The French pianist was known for his jazz interpretations of classical music, most famously, the works of Bach in his Play Bach record series. His ensemble, the Jacques Loussier Trio, sold more than 7 million albums for their interpretations of and improvisations on classical music by Bach, Ravel, Debussy, and …

Pianist, composer Ramsey Lewis to be honored in Chicago

CHICAGO (AP) — A jazz pianist and composer is being honored with a lifetime achievement award on the occasion of African-American Heritage Month. Chicago-born Ramsey Lewis is scheduled to receive the award Thursday. It will be presented by Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at the Thompson Center in Chicago. The 83-year-old Lewis formed the Ramsey Lewis Trio early in …

Chicago’s top classical, jazz, and hip hop artists gather for a night of musical improvisation

Thursday, August 30, some of Chicago’s most acclaimed musicians gather at Thalia Hall in Pilsen for a night of completely improvised music.