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“It’s easy to understand why jazz listeners would value this offering. The room … provides precisely the intimacy on which jazz thrives … the room transformed itself into something of a hushed concert hall once the performance began: No one stirred.”

– Howard Reich, Chicago Tribune

Read the full review HERE.




We are excited that our live jazz series is now located at Evanston’s new performing arts theater, Studio5. Studio5 is the fulfillment of a dream my wife, Béa, and I have had for many years: To create a space on Chicago’s North Shore that is suitable to present dance, music, and spoken word performances in an elegant, fully professional but intimate environment. You can read all about Studio5 by visiting our website HERE. We are eager to share this beautiful space with our community.

Among other fine arts programming at Studio5 is the “Live at Studio5” jazz series, which is a continuation of the format we established with our previous “Live at the Whiskey Lounge” series, featuring jazz (primarily in small ensembles), with each show including an interview segment where we get to converse with the artists, learn about their craft, and invite questions from the audience. As before, we will record our shows for future broadcast and provide live video streams on our website whenever possible. 

At “Live at Studio5” you will experience the same level of fabulous jazz talent you've come to expect at our other shows, but with state-of-the-art sound and lighting, your choice of cabaret or raised theater seating, excellent sight lines for all, an elegant bar, and ample free parking, all in a cozy, friendly setting.

See you at Studio5!

– Steve Rashid


PS We are thrilled that Chicago's fabulous jazz station WDCB (90.9FM) continues to be our series co-sponsor. See our UPCOMING SHOWS page for more information about our events. In the meantime, if you can't stand to be without us, check out our video archives on our PREVIOUS SHOWS page. And if you would like to receive reminders of our upcoming shows, sign up for our newsletter HERE. It's fun!

"Chicago Jazz Live" radio show!

Each week, recordings of our live performances are broadcast on the radio! CHICAGO JAZZ LIVE airs in Chicago on Tuesdays, 7-8PM CST on WDCB (90.9FM or WDCB.org) and is syndicated nationwide through PRX (Public Radio Exchange). Tune in!

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