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  1. Howard Johnson - RIP

    Last I heard him live (on tuba) was at the New Orleans Jazz Fest in the early ‘00s. Never got to Chicago enough. R.I.P.
  2. RIP Ira Sullivan

    I feel lucky to live in Chicago. I got to hear him yearly when he hosted the afterfest jam sessions at the Jazz Showcase. This is the first year in a long time he didn’t host. RIP
  3. Joe Segal has passed at 94

    I began going to the Showcase in the mid 60's when I was still in high school. He had all ages matinees. Mother Blues, a nightclub rented him some space. I got to be a regular at his various locations. God bless him for bringing a lot of incredible music to Chicago.
  4. George Adams, anyone?

    Heard him several times with various Mingus bands. He and Hamiett Bluiett who was also in the band at the time would roll their eyeballs back when they soloed so you wouldn't their eyeballs but only the whites of their eyes.
  5. Andy González 1951-2020

    It's been quite a while since I heard Andy live in Chicago. It was with Libre, a band he co-led with Manny Orquendo. They sounded great. One of the best and most influential salsa bands ever.
  6. Al Porcino -- Al Cohn, The Final Album

    I met Zoot Sims at the Corona restaurant back room in Chicago. He was playing at the Jazz Showcase with Al Cohn. The next time the pair played at the Showcase, I ran into Al Cohn at the same restaurant. He seemed surprised anyone would recognize him. I love Serge Chaloff's version of the tune so I asked him If he still played the "Goof and I". "You heard of it?" he replied.
  7. Jerry González RIP

    This guy lead so many great bands and was part of a few other great bands. I became aware of him and his brother (and Oscar Hernandez, and Manny Orquendo and Chocolate Armenteros) through the band Grupo Folklorico Y Experimental Nuevaorquino and an album called "Concepts in Unity". A great album.
  8. Christmas Jazz

    Although not jazz Huey Piano Smith did a pretty xmas lp.
  9. RIP Fats Domino

    A few years back I almost got run over by him in his blueberry blue Rolls Royce. He was driving. It was in New Orleans and Louisana had decided to make the Cosmo Matassa recording studio an historic site and there was dedication ceremony that I attended . The studio was where a lot of New Orleans R&B music (including Fats) had been recorded. It had become a laundromat. The ceremony drew quite a crowd including me. I was forced to stand in the street which was where our close encounter occurred. He apologized! My brush with fame! I was very lucky to have heard him live a couple of times at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Fest. He was very good and so was his band. R.I.P. Fats
  10. Arthur Blythe R.I.P.

    At a Chicago Jazz Fest many years ago he was featured in a Horace Tapscott led reprisal of the Sonny Criss lp "Sonny's Dream ( Birth of the New Cool)". Arthur Blythe took the Criss role and was great. It remains one of the best sets I ever heard at the many Chicago Jazz Fests I attended. God bless Arthur Blythe. R.I.P.
  11. Dave Valentin passes away at 64

    He always had great bands with Bill O'Connell, Robby Ameen and Richie Flores. I liked his stuff with Manny Orquendo's Libre. I agree with StarThrower, in that his last years he served as poster child for our country's healthcare system with his family and friends going to social media to try and scrounge up money.
  12. Connie Crothers RIP

    I was lucky enough to hear her twice: in a solo set at the Hungry Brain in Chicago, and once in a duet seting with Max Roach at the New Orleans Jazzfest. A great musician.
  13. Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera RIP

    The Orlando Sentinel website posted that Eddie "Gua Gua" Rivera passed away on Saturday. He was one of the most prolific bassists in salsa and Latin Jazz. He had an extensive resume recording with everybody from Tito Puente, Eddie Palmieri, Larry Harlow, Mongo etc. Odds are good if you have a few Latin Jazz records in your collection, Eddie Gua Gua is on one. He was with the best Latin Jazz band I ever heard live, Batacumbele.
  14. New boss ramps up jazz for Chicago radio station

    WNUR is an alternative to WDCB. Their jazz programming is on weekday mornings. Like WHPK and unlike WDCB their disc jockeys are not paid, A very small handful are actual [Northwestern] students. I particularly like the show on Mondays- "Writer's Block", a show that has a large variety of jazz.
  15. Christmas Jazz/Pop/Rock Albums You Would Recommend

    I like the Huey Piano Smith LP.