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.
In his tragically short life, Ron Haydock careened through rockabilly, monster magazines, pulp novels, and exploitation films.
The Aces are best known as a backing band, but they took the lead when it came to the future of the blues.
The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
From Glencoe to Monterey Pop to oblivion: Michael Bloomfield’s huge talent and unique style changed rock guitar forever, but while Clapton and Hendrix entered the canon, he faded away.
By the time Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi recruited him, Murphy had worked as a sideman for the likes of Howlin’ Wolf, Memphis Slim, and James Cotton.
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Queen Sylvia Embry’s bass playing and warm, soulful singing made her a hit in local clubs and on transatlantic tours.
The Trouble Boys never made a record, but guitarist and singer Don Hedeker went on to play in Algebra Suicide and the Polkaholics.
Brilliant pianist Lafayette Leake played countless sessions with blues giants but released little music of his own.
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The Smoking Popes announce a concept album and Gauge plays with Haymarket Riot. Plus: Chrissy Murderbot signs to Planet Mu, James Chance likes Snapple, and more
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