The Great Black Music Project, an archival system using the latest technological processes to be housed at the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies(JHCCICS) and a virtual house on the world wide web - accessible globally by all interested. The capabilities of the project are vast enough to be a repository of both audio and video, recordings, photos, news clips, essays, critical review and thought - from the analog past to the digital future.
A familiar face to those who follow Chicago's blues scene has been identified as one of the latest victims of gun violence in the city.
a film about the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
Directed by Reuben Atlas
NYC screening this weekend!
Friday, September 20th at 5pm
as part of the BET Urban World Festival
AMC 34th Street Theater 11
Made in Chicago: World Class Jazz will take place on six consecutive Thursdays starting on July 25 and culminating on August 29 which simultaneously kicks off the 35thAnnual Chicago Jazz Festival. Music starts each night at 6:30 p.m.
Monday, July 15, 2013, 6:30pm
Millennium Park - Downtown Sound
Fatoumata Diawara + Alasdair Roberts and Friends
Fatoumata Diawara (a.k.a. Fatou) was born of Malian parents in the Ivory Coast in 1982. As a child she became a member of her father’s dance troupe and was a popular performer of the wildly flailing didadi dance from Wassoulou, her ancestral home in western Mali. She was an energetic and headstrong girl and at the age of 12 her refusal to go to school prompted her parents to send her to live and be disciplined by an aunt in Bamako. She was not to see her parents again for more than a decade.
*Ten-time GRAMMY® Award winner Chaka Khan will be honored for her stellar 40-year career in music and entertainment in the place where it all began—Chicago, Illinois.
Chaka Khan will participate in the unveiling of Chaka Khan Way on S. Blackstone Avenue between 50thand 51st Streets on Saturday, July 27. Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Fourth Ward Alderman William Burns and other city officials, business and community leaders and celebrity friends of Chaka’s are all scheduled to be in attendance.
On Sunday, July 28, she will be honored in a ceremony proclaiming that day “Chaka Khan Day.” Chaka is set to perform at a free outdoor concert in Millennium Park after she accepts the honors from the city.
Some time late last year, I think in October of 2012, WHPK radio host Al Carter Bey recorded an interview on the air with a great reedman, artist, and spiritual individual. This is a transcription of that talk.
The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong, UK, 1999, 65 min
Directed by John Akomfrah
You would think there couldn't be anything else to say about Louis Armstrong after Ken Burns's Jazz, which elevated the trumpeter to the status of the 20th century's most important musical figure. But this hourlong program (produced in 1999, some two years before the Burns documentary began airing) equals and often surpasses Jazz by taking a less reverential, more personal approach.