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Patricia Barber

Last night, JB and I went to the Green Mill to hear Patricia Barber. Barber plays there nearly every Monday night, when she isn’t on tour or working at her Michigan home. The Green Mill is Al Capone’s old hangout … Continue reading

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Gato Barbieri (1932-2016) RIP

The Argentinian saxophone player and composer, Gato Barbieri, has passed on. I remember seeing him in a blues/jazz venue in Chicago in the Lincoln Park neighborhood sometime in the mid 70s. The venue was small and intimate. It seemed almost … Continue reading

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Billie Holiday’s voice still sustains and inspires

The sophisticated, unique, and haunting way she understood and phrased music continually keeps her artistry fresh and alive. Billie Holiday, a remarkable talent on the planet for only 44 years, would have been 100 today. It’s an incredible gift, with … Continue reading

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Confluence of rhythm, color, and improvisation

Saturday night, JB, IB, and I went to Andy’s Jazz Club to hear Greg Spero, a jazz and fusion pianist that IB went to school with at the U of I. In fact both of them lived in Allen Hall, … Continue reading

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Gregory Porter at the Chicago Jazz fest

Last night we went to the Jazz Fest in Millenium Park. It followed an afternoon wandering through the galleries of the Art institute. The weather was perfect and the sounds provocative including the avant garde jazz of Rudresh Mahanthappa which … Continue reading

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Marian McPartland 1918-2013

Marian McPartland died today at 95. We saw her many times when she came to Chicago to perform. Once we took IB with us and we sat right up front, close enough to see her fingers on the keyboard. After … Continue reading

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Take Five for “Take Five”

Dave Brubeck died yesterday and would have been 92 today. “Take Five,” actually composed by Paul Desmond, was inspired by Brubeck’s push to break the traditional jazz 4/4 time and create an entire album which experimented with rhythm and meter. … Continue reading

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