Ari Brown hasn’t often sought the spotlight, but his blend of bebop rigor and avant-garde daring puts him on par with the likes of Fred Anderson and Von Freeman.
Andrew “Big Voice” Odom toured internationally—and also used to drop by Maxwell Street and overwhelm the makeshift sound systems.
This 95-year-old living legend has played jazz, written blaxploitation soundtracks, and arranged for Stan Getz, B.B. King, and most famously Curtis Mayfield—but he’s probably most widely heard via hip-hop samples.
One-man soul factory Phillip-Michael Scales celebrates the new Sinner-Songwriter, Litebulb of the Era helps fund-raise for the arts nonprofit he’s cofounded, and more.
Barrelhouse Chuck built upon piano traditions established by the likes of Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, and Little Brother Montgomery.
The late 1960s was a time of change for the prison thanks to Winston Moore, the country’s first black warden.
Guitarist Buster Benton played for years with Willie Dixon, who wrote his only hit, “Spider in My Stew.”
Landon Brown and 96 Acres will use different-colored automobiles to represent the population at Cook County Jail.
After Chicago Theatre shows end, the performers’ John Hancocks remain backstage.
Doctor Clayton cut just 30 tracks, but they helped plant the seeds for rock ‘n’ roll.
A citywide series revisits the L.A. Rebellion.
Musical obsessions of MC Tree and Fake Shore Drive’s Andrew Barber
Lead guitar on Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love?”, Jody Williams is gigging again after 35 years.
Three generations of musicians play the songs and ponder the legend of the archetypal Delta bluesman.
“Soul Power,” the documentary about the all-star Zaire 74 concert starring James Brown, screens Thursday 10/1 at Chatham 14.