Other Places: Blues On The Rocks In Chicago?


“When Will the Blues Leave?” Ornette Coleman asked the question in 1958 by way of the title of a piece in his first album. In Chicago, of all places—the blues stronghold of the Midwest for nearly a century—the question is implied in concerns of musicians and club owners who are trying to keep the form alive economically. In a long weekend piece in The Chicago Tribune, music critic Howard Reich surveys the blues club scene in the Windy City. How long can a music that long … [Read more...]

Maybe 80 Really Is The New 60

Why didn't I think of this when I posted the Going Like 80 (+) item a few days ago? [See November 23, below.] I just added Jim Hall and Bill Smith to the original list. It is accumulating a near-record number of comments. … [Read more...]