Chicago Jazz Live

Series produced by Steve Rashid

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Chicago Jazz Live presents small-group jazz from the City of Big Shoulders, recorded live in an intimate setting. Produced in partnership with WDCB (Chicago's radio home for jazz) and hosted by Steve Rashid, CJL draws from the deep pool of jazz talent working in and around Chicago. Each episode includes interviews with the featured artists.

Chicago Jazz Live is a one-hour series produced in partnership with WDCB, Chicago’s radio home for jazz. It was created and is hosted by Emmy Award winning composer, Steve Rashid. One of the true cradles of jazz, Chicago continues to boast an extraordinarily deep pool of talented jazz musicians. CJL shines a weekly spotlight on Chicago-area talent by presenting small groups recorded live, exclusively for this series, in front of a small audience. Each episode includes interview segments with the featured artists. Conceived as a “house concert in a club”, CJL allows audience members an up-close look into the process and the intimate musical conversation that is the heart of a small ensemble.

After attending a taping, one audience member commented, “I always wanted a place I could go to discover great jazz – I mean, great musicians that maybe not everyone knows yet, so I can feel like I was the one who discovered them. This is that place!”

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Chicago Jazz Live is a one-hour series produced in partnership with WDCB, Chicago’s radio home for jazz. It was created and is hosted by Emmy Award winning composer, Steve Rashid. One of the true cradles of jazz, Chicago continues to boast an extraordinarily deep pool of talented jazz musicians. CJL shines a weekly spotlight on Chicago-area talent by presenting small groups recorded live, exclusively for this series, in front of a small audience. Each episode includes interview segments with the featured artists. Conceived as a “house concert in a club”, CJL allows audience members an up-close look into the process and the intimate musical conversation that is the heart of a small ensemble.After attending a taping, one audience member commented, “I always wanted a place I could go to... Show full description


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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we are honoring the legendary saxophonist, Ron Dewar, who we lost sadly in January 2024. We were fortunate to have R...

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  • Added: Feb 27, 2024
  • Length: 57:01
  • Purchases: 2
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we have Part Two of another two-part episode of our program. The wonderful vocalist and composer Dee Alexander joins...

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  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we have Part One of another two-part episode of our program. The wonderful vocalist and composer Dee Alexander joins...

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  • Added: Jan 30, 2024
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome the extraordinary pianist, Ben Lewis, in part two of a two-part tribute to jazz piano icon Bill Evans. Be...

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  • Added: Jan 16, 2024
  • Length: 57:04
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome the extraordinary pianist, Ben Lewis, in part one of a two-part tribute to jazz piano icon Bill Evans. Jo...

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  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 57:02
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome Raíces, a formidable quintet founded by the late legendary percussionist Ruben Alvarez, now led by vibrap...

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  • Added: Nov 21, 2023
  • Length: 57:02
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we’re combining traditional Indian musical elements with jazz and blues in an ensemble called Jazz Mata, led by Indi...

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  • Added: Nov 14, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we time-travel to 1927 with the hot jazz of the Chicago Cellar Boys in a one-night only “live in-person” version of ...

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  • Added: Oct 31, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE, would you like to guess who just got inducted into the Hammond B-3 Organ Hall of Fame? That’s right, our featured a...

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  • Added: Oct 17, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome the one and only Bobby Lewis, the legendary trumpet player and composer who played with everyone from Cur...

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  • Added: Sep 26, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome back vocalist Paul Marinaro with an ensemble of 14 stellar musicians led by guitarist and arranger Mike A...

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  • Added: Aug 15, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome vocalist Paul Marinaro with an ensemble of 14 stellar musicians led by guitarist and arranger Mike Allema...

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  • Added: Aug 08, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome two legendary performers in an intimate duet setting. Beloved bluesman Corky Siegel – pianist, harmonica ...

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  • Added: Jul 25, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome vibraphonist and composer Thaddeus Tukes with his quintet, Dolphin Dance. Joining Thaddeus are Ryan Nythe...

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  • Added: Jun 27, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome vocalist Petra van Nuis and her band, The Recession Seven. Seven means Petra plus six, and those six happ...

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  • Added: Jun 20, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome pianist and composer Steve Million with his project called JazzWords. Featuring vocalist Sarah Marie Youn...

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  • Added: Jun 13, 2023
  • Length: 57:02
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome the Metropolitan Jazz Octet with vocalist Dee Alexander (and a string section!) to honor the 108th birthd...

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  • Added: May 16, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome guitarist and composer John Moulder, with an eight-piece ensemble presenting a stunning work titled, “Ear...

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  • Added: May 09, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
  • Purchases: 2
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This week on CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE we welcome the Alyssa Allgood Quartet, with the wonderful vocalist, Alyssa Allgood, backed by Tom Vaitsas on the pia...

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2023
  • Length: 57:00
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This week on Chicago Jazz Live it's Part Two of our two-part episode as we welcome the extraordinary guitarist, Joel Paterson, with another extraor...

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  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 57:01
  • Purchases: 2