This incomparable anthology collects articles, interviews, fiction, and poetry from the Original Chicago Blues Annual, one of music history's most significant periodical blues publications. Founded and operated from 1989 to 1995 by African American musician and entrepreneur Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr., OCBA gave voice to the blues community and often frankly addressed contentious issues within the blues such as race, identity, prejudice, wealth, gender, and inequity.
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The GBMP monthly radio podcast hosted by Chicago DJ Big Will continues. Every month GBMP present a programs of music by Chicago and Illinois artists. Listen to the radio podcast here. This month we feature Women and Bands of Illinois
Freedom, Rhythm and Sound ALBUM & BOOK
Revolutionary Jazz and the Civil Rights Movement 1963-82
Soul Jazz Records
This book is OUT NOW on Soul Jazz Records is available to buy HERE!
A seriously deep selection of Jazz record covers in a superb new deluxe 200-plus page book by Gilles Peterson and Stuart Baker. Featuring Tribe, ESP, Art Ensemble, Sun Ra, Coltrane - it's all here!
This album features the work of revolutionary jazz artists who created new radical music infused with the values of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Self-determination, economic power and musical freedoms explode as the avant-garde collided with Black Power and Afro-centricity.
Music, arts and cultural programs presented by the city of Chicago are threatened by severe budget cuts. We can't let this happen-our city is known around the world for its free music programming that not only brings enjoyment to hundreds of thousands of fans and adds to the richness of our civic culture, but also generates jobs and income for local businesses.
Nearly opposite to the billboard pop (Simply Red, Steely Dan), Umbria Jazz presents this year a "experimental section" which is perhaps the most ambitious of all the long history of the event.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s sturdy family business.
by Sasha Frere-Jones June 8, 2009
The music that Hypnotic Brass Ensemble plays might best be described as highly composed instrumental hip-hop: accomplished, energetic songs designed for dancing.
National Endowment for the Arts Announces the 2010 NEA Jazz Masters
Nation's highest honor in jazz is bestowed on eight living legends
"The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble seems to live up to its name. This eight-piece band of street performers, seven of whom are the sons of the Sun Ra Arkestra trumpeter Kelan Phil Cohran, recently relocated from the South Side of Chicago to Queens. The young players perform daily outdoors and underground, most often in Union Square, Times Square and Columbus Circle."
By LILY KOPPEL
Elizabeth Norman has gained a reputation as an accomplished interpreter of contemporary composers. A winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Finals, The American Opera Society Competition and the Union League Civic and Arts Foundation Award, she appears annually with the Grant Park Symphony in Chicago, as well as with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.