John Hammond Jr. impressed me some 20 years ago with his solo blues harp-guitar-vocal act that seemed about as close to the style of Delta blues songster Robert Johnson as exists. He did it again, just last night.
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“Americana” doesn’t gibe with “homeland,” a term which always reminds me of nativist propaganda. The Wikipedia definition of “homeland” alludes to that nuance: “When used as a proper noun, the word, as well as its cognates in other languages (ie. Heimatland in German) often have ethnic nationalist connotations.”
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I’ll be speaking about the legacy of Billy Strayhorn on The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, live from Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood at noon Friday Nov 6 2015 (rebroadcast 3 pm Sunday) on WBEZ ChicagoPublicMedia.org.
Needledrop & video-viewings of Ornette, Old and New Dreams and their world — I’ll vj with esteemedÂ aficionadosÂ Kate (Hyde Park Jazz Assoc.) Dumbleton, Lofton (WHPK) Emenari and Neil (Playboy Guide to Jazz, et al) Tesser at noon to 3 pm Sat Nov 15 at the Logan Center penthouse (915 E. 60th St., Chicago). Part of HotHouse’s Old and New Dreams festival.
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Over the course of three decades, I’ve been privileged to get behind the scenes and meet heroic creators of jazz as well as up-and-comers, innovators and exemplars of many other genres. Please enjoy these archival interviews and articles.