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  1. This is a launch event for a new book by Chicago drummer/bandleader/composer Mike Reed. I haven't been able to find an online sale listing for the book yet: The City Was Yellow: Chicago Jazz And Improvised Music 1980-2010
  2. Picked up a CD of two Fletcher Henderson airshots from the Grand Terrace, 1938, NBC. I'm struck by how clear the recording is and how detailed the rhythm section is picked up (and with people such as Israel Crosby & Lawrence Lucey, the details are delicious, as is the ability to hear Pete Suggs' brushwork at all). Wondering if this level of clarity was a characteristic of the Grand Terrace setup, the local NBC engineer's acumen, some combination of the two, or what. Would like to hear other Grand Terrace airshots of similar music from about the same time to compare. What all is out there to he had?
  3. Last week's Night Lights show, with music from Eddie Higgins, the MJT + 3's first LP with Muhal Richard Abrams, Paul Serrano, John Young, Clifford Jordan with John Gilmore, and Ira Sullivan, is now up for online listening: Returning the Call: More From the Unsung Heroes of Chicago Hardbop It's a sequel to an earlier show, Chicago Calling.
  4. Up for the arrival day of Mr. Ra: Second Magic City: Sun Ra In Chicago
  5. Exploring the jazz side of black-owned, Chicago-based Vee-Jay Records on this edition of Night Lights, with music from Lee Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Paul Chambers, Wynton Kelly, Bill Henderson, Eddie Harris, Frank Strozier, and the MJT + III: The Vee-Jay Jazz Story
  6. The story and some of the music of Chicago's 1970s/80s Bee Hive label, with special guest and Mosaic set annotator Aaron Cohen, now up for online listening: Boppin' On Bee Hive
  7. http://www.constellation-chicago.com/event/764715-fred-anderson-birthday-tribute-chicago/ Roscoe Mitchell - reeds Tomeka Reid - cello Vincent Davis - percussion Junius Paul - bass
  8. More info about the show, plus a video clip from the late-1950s proto-black-nationalist documentary The Cry of Jazz (featuring music and appearances by members of the Arkestra), at Second Magic City: Sun Ra in Chicago. "Second Magic City" airs Saturday, Oct. 27 at 11:05 p.m. EST on WFIU and at 9 p.m. Central Time on WNIN-Evansville. It will also air Sunday evening at 10 p.m. EST on Michigan's Blue Lake Public Radio. The program will be posted for online listening Monday morning in the Night Lights archives. Next week: a live fund-drive broadcast from WFIU... WNIN and Blue Lake will carry a repeat ("Charles Tolliver on Strata East") instead.
  9. http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/music/chi-jazz-wdcb-boss-20131217,0,7462096,full.column
  10. This past week's show up for online listening--music from Ira Sullivan, Wilbur Ware, John Jenkins and more: Chicago Calling: Unsung Heroes of the City's Hardbop Scene ...already at work on a sequel.