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In the early 1970s, singer Paulette McWilliams quit ascending Chicago R&B group Rufus and recommended that her friend, Chaka Khan, take over the lead spot. The decision benefited everyone, even (and arguably especially) McWilliams, who dodged the pitfalls of limelight while continuing to work constantly in music. By the time she relocated to Los Angeles […]
The Year of Chicago Music has had less music in it than anybody anticipated, but we still have plenty to celebrate.
All kinds of Chicago music—AM radio pop, free-spirited R&B, bold Afrocentric jazz, soulful funk—came together to shape her incredible voice.
An expert negotiator, he went to bat for stars as big as James Brown and Muddy Waters, but he also clawed back royalties for countless forgotten artists who’d never gotten their due.
Tim Fitzgerald makes his Jazz Festival debut leading the seven-piece band Full House.
Garage rocker Alex White, recently elected vice president of the Chicago chapter of the Recording Academy, takes to heart its goal of fostering conversations between young musicians and their influences.
Chaka Khan talks to Jake Austen of the Goblins and Chic-a-Go-Go.