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Velvet Jam

Horn men gather round Fred Anderson’s place every Sunday to listen or to jam to the house band that plays from five to nine. From outside it doesn’t look like a temple. It’s just a narrow storefront squeezed between buildings north of Cermak Road on Indiana Avenue. The Velvet Lounge–a spot in the universe that […]

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Jazz Notes: an unmatched set

For hip jazz diggers nothing beats a set so off-the-path that only musicians and a very few aficionados know about it. In a long, dark upstairs room where horizontal blinds screen out most of the street light bouncing off the hotel wall across King Drive, the crowd is small but way attentive. Dark silhouettes form […]